Research Projects: HIPerWall
The Highly Interactive Parallelized Display Wall project (HIPerWall) will provide unprecedented high-capacity visualization capabilities to experimental and theoretical researchers. Our primary focus is on Earth science visualization, but collaborating researchers in fields including biomedical science and engineering will also benefit from HIPerWall's capabilities. Earth science datasets often cover large areas of the planet at high resolution and depth with many values at each grid point that vary over time, resulting in many gigabytes or terabytes of data. Visualizing these multi-dimensional, time-varying dataset is both a challenge to computational/storage infrastructure as well as current display technologies. With HIPerWall, researchers will be able to see both the broad view of the data and details concurrently, enabling collaboration and shared viewing of complex results. A visualization cluster of high-performance commodity computers will transfer and manipulate data displayed on HIPerWall's 50 display tiles that will operate at a combined resolution of 200+ mega pixels. The visualization cluster will also receive real-time simulation data from UCI's Earth System Modeling Facility, an IBM supercomputer funded by NSF in 2003, as well as other sources. HIPerWall's ability to display extremely high-resolution datasets will drive and provide focus for ongoing research into management, transfer, and visualization of terabyte-scale data. While the hardware infrastructure of HIPerWall is challenging and matches the state of the art, the data handling and distributed visualization capabilities needed to support HIPerWall's capacity are well beyond current practice.
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