Google launches Julia Map HTML5 fractal renderer

first_imgGoogle has this week launched a new fractal renderer it is calling Julia Map.As you’d expect, the browser-based app generates fractals, but this isn’t just a colorful experiment, it brings together a few bits of Google tech while showing off the speed of today’s web browsers.As Google software engineer Daniel Wolf explains:Julia sets are fractals that were studied by the French mathematician Gaston Julia in the early 1920s. Fifty years later, Benoît Mandelbrot studied the set z2 − c and popularized it by generating the first computer visualisation. They take a lot of computation to create, as the Julia Map site points out:Each pixel requires the computation of a series of numbers and a measurement of the convergence or divergence of the series. Each image usually consists of millions of numbers. Modern browsers such as Chrome are so good at processing JavaScript now it’s an almost instant task to render one. The fractals are being rendered using the HTML5 canvas, and to handle zooming and panning around the fractal Google has used its Maps API.The end result is 11 different types of fractal options that can be generated in six different color palettes or a random set. Each of which can be zoomed in on or panned around without any lag (depending on your browser).Google allows the sharing of the fractals created through the URL of the page. There’s also a #juliamap Twitter hashtag for sharing your creations over the popular network.Read more at the Google Research Bloglast_img

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