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Programmer Guthrie Linck Improves the Marine Realms Information Bank

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The Marine Realms Information Bank (MRIB), the digital-library component of the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS)'s National Coastal and Marine Geology Knowledge Bank, took a great leap forward after the arrival last June of its "supremo" programmer, Guthrie Linck.

A 1999 Brown University graduate in computer science, Guthrie has completely redesigned the programs composing the backend of the "Information Management System" module for the MRIB. His new design offers significant improvements in terms of both scalability and efficiency, with searches running approximately 75 percent faster than in previous versions. Further increases in speed will soon follow as parallel-processing algorithms are implemented, taking advantage of the server's multiple processors. Guthrie also created a fiery new Keyword Search option, not available in previous versions of the MRIB. Finally, the "Browse a Map" feature now offers faster map-generation routines, multiple-map projections, hemispherical views, shaded-relief maps, and more.

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Adriatic Sea Sediment-Transport Cruise

Bear Lake Sea-Floor Mapping

Assateague Island Vegetation Mapping

Field-Testing New Portable Drilling System

Research Diamondback Terrapin

Outreach Transoceanic Dust Impacts

Woods Hole Field Center Open House

St. Petersburg Field Center Open House

Great American Teach-In

Fourth-Graders Tour St. Petersburg Field Center

Girl Scouts 90th Anniversary


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Planning Gas-Hydrates Research

Science and Politics in Ecosystem Decisions

Sea-Floor Mapping Techniques

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Science Museum Board

Two New Scientists

Louisiana Coastal-Restoration Advisory Board

Air Medical Transport Center Tour

MRIB Programmer

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