The power to visualize highly complex information in a way that’s easier for the human mind to grasp is now available with the new NASA hyperwall-2 system, located in the NASA Ames Research Center.
The hyperwall-2 system consists of 128 screens and is capable of rendering one quarter billion-pixel graphics making it the world’s highest resolution scientific visualization and data exploration environment. The system enables scientists to quickly explore datasets that otherwise would take many years to analyze such as safety of new space exploration vehicle designs, atmospheric re-entry analysis for the space shuttle, earthquakes, climate change, global weather and black hole collisions.
The system is powered by Colfax’s advanced computing cluster, which consists of 128 graphics processing units and 1,024 AMD processor cores, and provides 74 teraflops of peak processing power. Mellanox ConnectX InfiniBand DDR 20Gb/s adapters interconnect the cluster nodes to supply the needed fast communication capabilities.
You can see pictures of the systems we have installed below (courtesy of NASA, photo by Eric James).