That’s right. Given the time it takes to build these things the boys at California Institute for Telecommunications and Information Technology (Calit2) obviously weren’t responding to the NASA folks, but they’ve gone and built one better.
Recall that NASA, in a fit of showboating, has built a really big power wall: 250M pixels in a gigantic tiled display that, as it turns out, they often don’t use as a single display but as an enormous cork board for fusing visual information from many sources. I’ve built big, expensive, sci-vis showboats before, and I feel I’ve been appropriately jaded by the whole experience. We did some cool, beautiful stuff that resulted in some interested graphics advancements. But very (very) little in the way of facilitating new discovery.
The Highly Interactive Parallelized Display Space (HIPerSpace) features nearly 287 million pixels of screen resolution – more than one active pixel for every U.S. citizen, based on the 2000 Census.
Ok fellas. You have some big displays. Now let’s see a couple million dollars worth of new discoveries from, you know, actual scientists doing actual work. Or how about just a dozen, non-dollar denominated discoveries of any sort? Prove my jaded-ness to be completely misplaced. Please.
[Image credit UCSD.]