Computer Systems Laboratory Colloquium

4:15PM, Wednesday, June 6, 2001
Room B03 (NEC Auditorium), Gates Computer Science Building

X-Internet and VNOS
The next step beyond the Web

Mark Lacas
Lone Wolf Technologies
About the talk:

VNOS, Lone Wolf's Visual Network Operating System, is a personal computer operating environment that permits the construction of multi-dimensional interactive views of entities and their data on the massively extended parallel computing array known as the Internet. It achieves this via the implementation of a novel combination of several functional concepts:

• Graphical GUI Construction and Data Mirroring
• "Connect the Dots" Visual Programming
• Pervasive Object-Oriented Modelling
• Built-in Multi-lingual Scripting
• Run-time Extendable and Extensible
• Web-addressable Object Database

Various industry research pundits have described the next wave of the Internet as the X-Internet. . .a lattice or mesh of interconnected components/widgets which provide a dataflow system for the transfer, management, and control of information, automating the Internet beyond simple Web browsing. In this talk Mark Lacas will demonstrate the use of VNOS in this capacity.

July 31, 2001. For those persons interested in experimenting with the VNOS system, a Windows beta version of the system is available for free download at

About the speaker:

Musician, composer, visual artist, film maker, and electronics engineer, Mark Lacas is founder and CTO of Lone Wolf Technologies, Inc. He is co-inventor with David Warman of the revolutionary VNOS (Visual Network Operating System) and the MediaLink MultiMedia LAN protocol, and is jointly responsible for the invention, design, and implementation of all Lone Wolf products.

Mr. Lacas comes to Lone Wolf with extensive engineering design and execution experience in the aerospace, avionics, electronics, computer and LAN industries. As Senior Research and Development Engineer at Northrop Corporation, Mr. Lacas developed and implemented microcomputer-based flight and maintenance simulators for state-of-the-art jet aircraft including the F-20 Tigershark.

As Project Engineer at CTS Microelectronics, Mr. Lacas designed high-reliability hybrid microcircuits and supervised all phases of their development and manufacturing. In this position, Mr. Lacas also designed mil-spec hybrids used on the Space Shuttle and assisted in the design of the world's first microprocessor-controlled, computerized heart pacemakers. He also designed, developed, and installed the "Nuclear Reactor Temperature Monitoring System" for the USS Enterprise.

Mr. Lacas began his professional career as a high school senior; Major Winner in the 1975 International Science and Engineering Fair. One of his 18 awards was an expense-paid trip by NASA to join President Ford to watch the Apollo/Soyuz blastoff from the presidential bunker. Since then, he has been multiply awarded for his achievements in the engineering field in numerous industries.

A sampling of Mark's awards:

NASA Award - Apollo/Soyuz Blastoff
American Astronautical Society Award
US Patent Office Award
American Patent Lawyers Association Award
Department of Transportation Award
Army Award
General Motors Award for Excellence

Contact information:

Mark Lacas
1950 Alaskan Way #227
Seattle, WA 98101
206 441-4422