23.10.08

World’s most advanced visualisation centre planned

AUTHOR: Inavate

King Abdullah University of Science and Technology in Saudi Arabia (KAUST), and the University of California, San Diego (UCSD) have announced a partnership to develop and conduct joint research into visualisation, virtual reality and training facilities, which will make the KAUST campus in Saudi Arabia the site of the world’s most advanced visualisation suite.

The Geometric modelling and Scientific Visualisation Centre (GM&SVRC) will allow researchers to transform raw data into a fully three-dimensional experience that will enhance research in a broad range of fields.

The Geometric modelling and Scientific Visualisation Centre (GM&SVRC) will allow researchers to transform raw data into a fully three-dimensional experience that will enhance research in a broad range of fields.

Under the four-year agreement between KAUST, a graduate-level research university under development in Saudi Arabia, the UCSD division of the California Institute for Telecommunications and Information Technology (Calit2) will provide expertise and joint research in visualisation, virtual reality and collaboration tools to support KAUST’s ambitious plan to deploy state-of-the-art technologies for elite scientific research.

GM&SVRC will host the world’s highest VL6 resolution and brightest Virtual Environment, named “Cornea,” which is derived from the Arabic word and a tribute to Ibn Al-Haytham, the Arab scientist and father of modern optics. Cornea will provide a fully immersive stereoscopic visual environment for materials scientists, biomedical researchers, electrical engineers and other researchers. The 100 million pixel system will provide pure 20/20 visual acuity in a fully three-dimensional environment for KAUST researchers, students and partners.

KAUST’s development of the world’s pre-eminent visualisation and collaboration facilities will build on and expand Calit2’s network of elite academic institutions, providing access to ultra-high-resolution display and collaboration facilities. KAUST and Calit2 facilities will be linked via a high-speed network.