Intel Powers Atipa Visualization Cluster at NIU

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Today Atipa Technologies announced the deployment of its Polaris High Performance Computing and Visualization (HPCV) platform at Northern Illinois University. The platform is a turnkey Intel Select Solution for Professional Visualization, enabling cost effective and performance verified scientific simulation and visualization.

The ddiLab at Northern Illinois University is extremely excited to integrate Atipa Polaris HPCV Cluster and Intel Rendering Framework into our visualization courses,” says Mike Papka, Professor of Computer Science at NIU. “The infrastructure will allow us to train the next generation of visualization experts using tools and software infrastructure that they will encounter at National Laboratories and in the most advanced industry settings.”

The Polaris Select HPCV platform leverages the Intel Rendering Framework with optimized ray-tracing algorithms to use the Intel Xeon Scalable Processors already present in the server, avoiding add-in graphics processors for high-fidelity rendering and visualization. The framework uses the Message Passing Interface (MPI) to extend the scalability of visualization workloads beyond a single node, enabling the use of the aggregated memory of all cluster nodes to visualize data sets of hundreds of gigabytes to terabytes.

Intel Select Solutions apply rigorous configuration testing and optimizations to help companies like Atipa accelerate their customers’ deployments with pre-verified solutions,” said Jake Smith, Director of Data Center Technologies, Intel. “Intel Select Solutions for Professional Visualization and tools like the Intel Rendering Framework will enable researchers and students at Northern Illinois University to quickly model, understand, and solve the most complex data models.”

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