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GL Studio Puts Simulators On The Desktop

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In the latest multi-million dollar training simulators, pilots get to shoot the bad guys out of the virtual sky, while infantry men practice driving their vehicles over virtual desert terrain.

Today's sophisticated virtual trainers immerse the soldier in ever more realistic combat situations. Simulators save equipment for the real thing and ensure that a trainee can make mistakes and still be around to learn from the experience.

What about all the people behind the lines servicing equipment, testing systems, or performing dangerous, life-threatening jobs?

Just as in pilot and armored vehicle training, the trend to use expensive actual hardware, for today's maintenence and service training programs is being reduced in the military community.

The simulations aren't slow or jerky, either. In testing, display refresh rates have been in the neighborhood of 1000 frames per second.

Versions of GL Studio are available for Microsoft Windows, Linux, and the Java environment. DiSTI has recently completed FC5 and SUSE 10.0 ports.

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