POLKA is a general purpose animation system that is particularly well-suited to building animations of programs, algorithms and computations, especially parallel computations. POLKA supports color, real-time, 2 & 1/2 dimensional, smooth animations.

Polka also includes an interactive, front-end called Samba. Samba is an animation interpreter that reads one ascii command per line, then performs that animation directive.

Current Version:   ??

License Type:   Free

Home Site:

Source Code Availability:   Yes

Available Binary Packages:

  • Debian Package:   No
  • RedHat RPM Package:   No
  • Other Packages:   No

Targeted Platforms:

POLKA is implemented in C++ on top of UNIX and the X11 Window System. Yes, POLKA works well on Linux.

Software/Hardware Requirements:

Versions of using Motif and Athena widgets are available.

Other Links: (FTP site, polka.tar.Z)

Mailing Lists/USENET News Groups:


User Comments:

  • June 1993 issue of Journal of Parallel and Distributed Computing has an article about POLKA.

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