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New immersive gear in Wales

Earlier this week HPCwire reported that

Mechdyne Corporation today announced that its has installed a custom 4.6-m (15-ft) dome and a 4.6-m (15-ft) wide Fakespace PowerWall immersive display system at See3D, the state-of-the-art computer visualisation centre at the University of Wales, Aberystwyth (UWA). The facility, which officially opened in October on the Penglais campus of UWA, makes a world-class virtual reality environment available to academic and commercial researchers throughout the region.

…Mechdyne designed the 4.6-m radius dome to seat up to ten people. The two monoscopic projectors in the dome, each with 1400 x 1050 resolution, are blended to fill the screen with a total continuous resolution of over 2.5 million pixels. The stereoscopic Powerwall utilizes two projectors, also with resolutions of 1400 x 1050. Projectors in the Dome and the PowerWall are seamlessly blended using Mechdyne’s proprietary optical blending system that eliminates the need to electronically set up and constantly adjust blended projectors.

Computing resources tied to the visualization systems at See3D include an SGI Prism Graphics Engine (configured with 28 processors, 56 GB of RAM, 12 graphics outputs and four image compositors), a 24-processor SUN V40z high-performance computing cluster, and a three TeraByte (3 TB) RAID storage system.

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