IV. RETICULATION SERVER

Reticular -- (resembling or forming a network; "the reticulate veins of a leaf"; "a reticulated highway system")

The underlying intuitive connection between the networks of biological processes and the networks of modern technology are apparent. This project serves as a mechanism for many individuals to opportunities to begin to make artistic and scientific investigation to search for the correlations between these various reticular systems. The polymoprphic and open source nature of the server architecture is designed to pursue this goal.

The server for this network will be based on the Open Source Darwin operating system. (http://developer.apple.com/darwin/) Integrated into this system is a streaming server that will need to be modified to support more near real time multicast streaming. This is support the aspect of the network that is for distributed live performances and discussion. Also, a database base on the content management system plone (http://plone.org) will link the mySQL data (http://mySQL.com) that will be the data warehouse for all the incoming information. Additionally, there will be a centralized BEYOND 2 (http://www.asbahr.com/beyond.html) site for individuals to create virtual worlds and avatars based on both the myth of trees and the plant kingdom and the actual information collated from the participating nodes.

The configuration of the server is created entirely in open source applications and therefore extensible by all participants in the network. This is in keeping with the content license agreement associated with VIČNČ. Both plone and beyond2 are python based and therefore can share resources.