Industry Leaders Series Presents...

Professor Ramesh Rao
Director, Calit2 San Diego

The Science of Visualization

A Look at the Newest Technologies at Calit2 San Diego

Auditorium - The Calit2 Auditorium is designed as a digital-cinema environment for high-res scientific visualizations and video and spatialized audio. The hall has a 20-channel surround-sound system, an 18 x 32-foot screen, and a Sony SXRD-R110 projector, which projects video in the cutting-edge 4K format for digital cinema. 4K video offers 4,096 x 1080 pixels, or 8 million pixels per frame -- roughly four times the resolution of high-definition (HD) TV. The auditorium also features: a real-time Ascension Flock of Birds virtual reality system; built-in, two-camera Sony Anycast webcasting system; and digital light mixer.

The StarCAVE is an immersive, virtual-reality environment (consisting of five walls with three screens each plus a floor screen) which allows small groups of scientists to immerse themselves in data-based visualizations – venturing into worlds as small as nanoparticles and as big as the cosmos. Two JVC HD2K projectors generate a stereo image for each screen, plus 4 projectors for the floor, totaling 34 HD projectors. The equipment allows the room to operate at a combined resolution of over 68 million pixels – 34 million per eye – distributed over all screens.  For head / hand tracking the system uses a wireless optical tracking system which sports 4 cameras and a Flystick2 3D joystick.

HIPerWall - The HIPerSpace OptIPresence system is the world’s highest-resolution display at a resolution of 315,648,000 pixels. That is equivalent to the resolution of 150 high-definition TVs, or 40 digital-cinema 4K displays which are roughly four times the resolution of HDTV. It consists of 82 display tiles in a networked, mixed mode configuration combining 30" diagonal tiles operating at 2,560 x 1,600 pixels resolution, with 54" diagonal tiles operating at 1,920 x 1,080 pixels resolution. The system is powered by a total of 25 Dell XPS 710/720/730 nodes with dual graphics cards capable of driving as many as four display tiles each, interconnected at up to 10 Gigabits per second with a 70 Gbps uplink into the OptIPuter core. Theoretical computational performance of the GPUs alone: 25 teraflops. Six additional streaming nodes bring the
combined CPU pool for the systems to 124 processor cores. Through its OptIPuter back-end, though, it has access to multiple orders of magnitudes more in compute cycles at the speed of light.

Featured Speaker:
Professor Ramesh Rao
Calit2 San Diego
Prof. Ramesh Rao has been on the faculty of the department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of California, San Diego, where he is currently Professor and Director of the San Diego Division of the California Institute of Telecommunications and Information Technology (Calit2). In April 2004, he was named QUALCOMM Endowed Chair in Telecommunications and Information Technology. His research interests include architectures, protocols and performance analysis of wireless, wire line and photonic networks for integrated multi-media services. Prior to his appointment as the Director of the San Diego Division of the California Institute of Telecommunications and Information Technology (Calit2) he served as the Director of the UCSD Center for Wireless Communications (CWC) and was the Vice Chair of Instructional Affairs in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering.

5:30 PM Networking Reception, Foyer
6:00 PM Introduction by Ramesh Rao, Auditorium
6:15 PM 4K demos - Virtual Hospital
6:35 PM Group demos
          HIPerWall - Valley of the Khans Expedition
          StarCAVE - 3D Jordan Archaeology Dig Site
          Gallery - Software Studies Initiative
7:20 PM Closing Remarks / End of program, Foyer


October 28th, 2010

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6:00PM Program Begins - Presentation/Demos/Tours
7:30PM Program Ends


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