Architecture Research Project (Project 2)

CS 441, Dr. Lawlor
A substantial chunk of your course grade comes from the two semester projects.  Project 1 was entirely research-oriented.  Project 2 will be more applied and implementation-oriented.  From the syllabus:
    PROJ2: a software development or hardware performance analysis project, due in December.

Here's what's left of the semester, before the final on December 16:
    December 2009    
Su Mo Tu We Th Fr Sa
 1 2 3 4 5
6 7 8 9 10 11 12 <- topic description (and last day of class)
13 14 15 16 17 18 19 <- final code (and finals week)
The deliverables are:

Possible Project 2 Topics

Or choose your own topic!  Topics should all be applied work of the form "Build a new X", not just paper research.
Your starting code can be something completely new, something you found on the net (with a citation), an extension of HW4, the mandelbrot set renderer from the lecture notes, or any of the example codes from say CS 480.