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Posted by on Jun 13, 2013 in Hardware News |

Canadian University virtual reality lab creates controlled by supercomputer

Canadian University virtual reality lab creates controlled by supercomputer

In this this lab can interact in a environment in real time, providing multiple opportunities innovative multidisciplinary research and development.

In addition to the display of dynamic scenes immersion, which allows a spatial representation of phenomena in medicine, engineering, history, psychology, education and trade, among others.

For example, in a class of medicine could enter virtually into a heart or brain and observe in detail what happens there, but with a sense of real presence, not just a passive observer watching a video on a screen .

You can visit historical sites and observe the details of the architectural structures as if they were present. What characterizes this virtual reality environment compared to other more common as the environment created with the Oculus Rift, is the high level of detail and fluidity of images that make them so much more real, much more immersive.

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All this is the result of over five years of work by a team led by Professors Djemel Ziou, Department of Computing, and André Dieter Bandrauk, Department of Chemistry.

The is presented as a vault four fixed screens and passive stereoscopic displays up to 120 frames per second. The dome is connected to a computing unit of 5,200 nuclei that are part of Mammuoth supercomputer (the most powerful in Canada) and a storage unit type ultra fast SAN.

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A system at the forefront of technology

Thanks to the creation, processing and advanced image management (resolution, textures, colors) and sound, all this technology creates a virtual environment that causes the user illusion of a real world.

Also called “sense of presence”, this feeling leads to actual behavior by the user. The vault ensures consistency between the content and the spatial orientation of the body, then uses the sense of presence, the presence and behavior itself. In the following video we see a sample of this advanced virtual reality.

The visualization laboratory is presented as one of the most promising technologies to strengthen innovation capacity. This project promotes the development of new processes at scales ranging from the microscopic to the macroscopic, being an important driver of economic and scientific development. “This lab has the potential to lead to significant breakthroughs. The only limitation at this time would be the imagination, “says Professor Department of Computer Ziou.

Link: Nouveau 3D laboratoire à l’UdeS: révolutionner l’enseignement et la recherche Universitaires (usherbrooke.ca)

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