KISMET News Letter
The 'KISMET News Letter' is a message list for KISMET users regarding
recent changes and additions to the KISMET software. New version releases
and solved software problems are discussed.
November 19, 2001
We will be present with the
at the MEDICA trade show in
Düsseldorf/Germany (Nov 21-24, 2001), hall 6/K06
July 10, 2001
Our new "Virtual Endoscopic Surgery Training" (VEST) system
has been developed within the framework of the joint TT-project (technology transfer) "LAParoscopy-SIMulator" between the partners
Forschungszentrum Karlsruhe / Institut für Angewandte Informatik
contact: Dr. Uwe Kühnapfel
) and the privately owned company
Select IT VEST Systems AG.
A picture gallery and some background information about our new system
VEST System One ( VSOne )
December 21, 2000
A licensing agreement between FZK and
Select IT VEST Systems AG has been
signed, covering further development and marketing of the
Virtual Endoscopic Surgery
Trainer System and the KISMET
Within the framework of a technology transfer project, the
VEST (Virtual Endoscopic Surgery Trainer) system will be developed to product
status within the year 2001.
December 20, 2000
The project proposal HapticIO
(BMBF: German Ministry of Research and Education)
is accepted for funding. The project was already accepted
as one of 25 winner proposals (from 173) in the 1rst level of the proposal
competition "Virtual and Augmented Realities" (in German:
Ideenwettbewerb "Virtuelle und Erweiterte Realität") of the BMBF.
We just received the letter, signed by
our German Minister of Research and Education, Mrs. Minister Edelgard Buhlmann,
that HapticIO has been selected as one of the 15 winner project proposals
for funding in the 2nd and final step of the
competition. We are expecting to start the project in March, 2001 with
March 20, 2000
A "Karlsruhe Endoscopic Surgery Trainer" has been manufactured and delivered
to Landeskrankenhaus Graz / Austria
(Prof. Uranüs) by MECATRON. The
system is configured using a SGI Visual Workstaion (VW320, 2 CPU's) for
simulating the "virtual patient".
December 22, 1999
In the year 1999, the KISMET has been ported to the WindowsNt 4.0
operating system with all features. The software will be available in
spring 2000 through our commercial cooperation partner, the
MECATRON GmbH in Germersheim/D.
Most features of KISMET are available in the WinNT-Version:
- Volume visualisation. 3D-textures are emulated using a specific
- Multi-Processing. On WinNT-system with multiple CPU's, multiprocessing
is used for elastodynamics simulation.
- The software is available for all Windows NT 4.0 platforms
supporting OpenGL 1.1
- In our lab we run KISMET on Intergraph and SGI VWS 320/540 systems
wit 1-4 Intel-Pentium CPU's
August 13, 1998
Two more '.pdf' documents added. The 'Step By Step' guide, a short
tutorial for novice users, and the 'KISMET Guide to MBS-Dynamics', a
combined tutorial, user manual and reference dokument for users doing
Additional KISMET documentation in .pdf format for Download
August 07, 1998
Recently we made an update to the KISMET User Manual. The revised
document is now available for download in '.pdf' format (4 parts).
Updated KISMET V 6.0.2 User Manual in .pdf format for Download
May 14, 1998
A problem regarding saving the screen contents to an SGI image file has been
corrected in all operating modes. As a reminder:
Image files are written to the directory '$kis_home/images' or in
'$kis_home/render' (in animation rendering mode only). Filenames are
generated automatically according to the number of files in the
respective directories. If these directories are not created by the user,
kismet writes to the current directory.
- F7-Key is used to write the workcell view of the 'kismet_kern' process
to an image file.
- F10-Key is used to save additionally the user-interface screen areas.
This is, a 1280x1024 pixel image is generated.
May 13, 1998
Kinematical integration (user inverse kinematics) with the
manipulator/robot (KISMET robot id=573)
from the HWM-company.
Additionally it was agreed that HWM may use the KISMET robot_id's in the
range 1000 ... 1999 for future developments in specialized inverse kinematics
algorithms. For the "other user's": please don't use these numbers for
your robot medelling.
May 7, 1998
Some work work at the
'volume data visualisation' module (using 3D-textures) has been
completed. KISMET can now visualise multiple volumes in one simulation scene.
This has multiple applications:
A program bug was removed related to the display of arbitrary clipping planes
together with volume-datasets (using the 'vis.' button caused program crashes).
- Independent volume-datasets (each one defined as a separate '.mpo' file)
can be regared as subvolumes. These are added up to a large dataset. We
tested this feature using the 'Visible-Human' dataset which is splitted (in our
case) into 5 subvolumes. Adding up these in one scene at the correct
positions, the 5 subvolumes are added up to the complete dataset. Using
this approach, the application is less memory intensive than putting
everything in one large dataset (due to cropping the subvolumes).
- Display of volume-datasets as time-series using the KISMET 'movie player'
feature. Each timestep is stored in a separate '.mpo' file and the movieplayer
activates one volume per timestep for display. A timeseries-definition file
is used (extension '.ist', same format as for isosurface timeserie) for
sequence definition. The implementation allows for one or multiple
subvolumes per timestep.
Apr 2, 1998
The KISMET raycasting (F5-Key) and raytracing (F6-Key) rendering features
are now working again in the KISMET V 6.0.2 version.
Mar 24, 1998
In the 'Edit Material' panel, the Button 'Copy LastMat' has been added.
After selecting a new Material for editing (by clicking in the material table),
using the new button will copy the parameters of the previously
edited material to the table position of the current material being edited.
Feb 20, 1998
Some work on interaktive editing (modelling) of deformable objects (FLEX-parts)
has been completed. Additionally, a problem during object saving
(i.e. when using the 'Save Hybrid' Button) has been solved.
Jan 29, 1998
On user request from the JET-Team,
two new SCRIPT commands have been added:
KISMET was intensively used for the planning of the
shutdown at JET. During the shutdown February to May 1998, KISMET
will be used frequently to monitor the RH-equipment during operation inside
the plasma torus.
- SCTO_BODY_INSIDE [on / off]
is used to set the collision test option 'Test Body Insides' from SCRIPT
- SCTO_MIN_DIST [distance]
is used to set the collision test option 'Min Dist' (define minimum
distance for collision testing) from SCRIPT command level. The minimum
distance is defined as a double-precision value in Millimeters.
After two month of software testing and after solving numerous bugs
(yes we know !), we changed the new release number to KISMET V 6.0.2
Dec 16, 1997
Starting KISMET-Models from your Netscape-Browser
A new mechanism has been added to KISMET to enable model startup from
web browser. The feature has been tested with Netscape 3.01S (the SGI-Version)
and shall be described for this browser.
Model Definition and Addressing in 'html' files
On the server side, a 'KISMET Control File' (extension '*.kctl') has to
be created for every model to be loaded. This file defines the
model-pathnames, i.e. the UNIX environment variable $kis_home, and
the simulation filename, respectively. As an example,
the control file to load the KISMET-model 'T3.sim' looks like:
The first line defines the model directory, the second gives the
simulation filename. In our example, this file is named 'T3.kctl' and is saved
as '/usr/people/jet/web/kis_models/T3.kctl'. In your 'html'-document
(client side) you have to add the line
to address (load) this model. When you 'click' this reference, KISMET will
fire up and load the model 'T3.sim'.
Modifications to the browser configuration
To enable all this, you have to add to your personal 'mime.types' file
(on my machine in $HOME/.mime.types ) the lines:
#mime types added by Netscape Helper
desc="KISMET Simulation" \
and to your personal 'mailcap' file (on my machine in $HOME/.mailcap ),
you must add the lines:
#mailcap entry added by Netscape Helper
application/kissimul;kismet -cf %s
Well, there it is.
Nov 1, 1997
Porting of KISMET from IrisGL to OpenGL is finally finished ! The new
version release is V 6.0.1. The executable is binary compatible for all
Silicon Graphics workstations using IRIX 5.3 or later. The realtime
texture-volume visualisation feature is supported only on IRIX 6.2, 6.3, 6.4
on VTX, RE, RE2, IR and IMPACT graphics subsystems. The software is
compiled in the modules:
We have integrated all features, which were previously only available in
different executables (various development versions of the software), in the
new release. This is, KISMET V6.0.1 now supports
- kismet.ogl -> User Interface, o32-executable (IRIX 5.3 and 6.x)
- kismet_kern.ogl -> KISMET-Kernel as o32, mips2 executable (IRIX 5.3)
- kismet_kern.ogl.n32 -> KISMET-Kernel as n32, mips3 executable (IRIX 6.x)
- elastodynamics-simulation (for an application example see
- force-feedback using custom and commercial haptic devices (see
- and realtime volume-rendering (for applications see
Back to KISMET homepage
According to our Counter
these pages have been hit
times since Nov 29, 1998
This page is maintained by
Dr. U. Kühnapfel . Last modified Jul 10, 2001.
Feel free to send in comments and suggestions.