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See the attached EduCause document on Visualization for general information and direction this technology provides. You may find it under this wiki page "Page Operations" section above.

The unique facilities at the Tufts Center for Scientific Visualization allow researchers to display 2D or 3D high-resolution images and video at 4K resolution (4096x2160) on a rear-projected, 15 by 8 foot screen. Users can also bring their personal laptop to the Viswall and display their images or video at a quarter of the maximum resolution, which is standard HD (2048x1080).

Applications are run from one of three operating systems: Red Hat Linux, Windows, or Mac OS X. The HP workstation, which runs Red Hat Linux 5 or Windows XP, has 8 Intel processor cores and 16GB of RAM. The Apple MacPro, which runs Mac OS X 10.6, has 8 Intel processor cores and 16GB of RAM. Visualization processing can be handled on one of these two machines, or remotely at Tufts' cluster computing facility which is connected to the Center for Scientific Visualization via 10 Gigabit Ethernet.

The Viswall has recently been upgraded to improve usability, which is now handled by a simple touchscreen interface. A toolkit is also being developed for the use of the Microsoft Kinect motion capture sensor at the Viswall, with the aim of providing additional resources to the visualization research community at Tufts.

The research cluster is available to VisWall users for additional computational resources. Current connectivity follows standard practices using ssh and x11 forwarding. Viswall users with a cluster account may forward cluster based application graphic output for display on the VisWall. As of mid-May 2009, a new and dedicated 10Gig fiber network connects the cluster nodes with the Viswall. This provides for a novel and very high speed connection for moving massive amounts of data.

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