Scientists at NASA AMES Research Center are exploring the boundaries of traditional "Powerwalls" by developing a unique visualization system that could display up to six dimensions. Designated a "Hyperwall", this visualization system offers the unique ability to display independent but meaningfully related images for comparison purposes.
The Hyperwall itself is composed of a 7 x 7 matrix of 18.1" liquid crystal displays. Aggregate pixel count for the entire Hyperwall exceeds 64 million. Fifty high end servers, integrated by PSSC Labs, powers the Hyperwall. Each server contains two AMD Athlon™ MP processors 2000+ mounted on the Tyan Tiger S2466N motherboard. Graphic displays are controlled by Nvidia's Geforce 4 Ti 4600 AGP video cards each with 128MB. "NASA needs a stable solution allowing for excellent floating point performance and high end graphic capabilities," explains Alex Lesser, PSSC Labs Vice President. According to Alex, "AMD processors in combination with Tyan motherboards and the nVidia graphic controllers offer an excellent solution for an exciting project."
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