(June 20, 2012) -- The Advanced Visualization Laboratory, a core facility of the UTSA SiViRT Computation Center has implemented DisplayCluster software, which was recently released by the Texas Advanced Computing Center (TACC) at the University of Texas at Austin. The software supports a large-scale tiled display called a visualization wall and allows users to interact and view high-resolution imagery.
UTSA's visualization wall is made up of 24 30-inch Dell UltraSharp widescreen U3011 monitors with each monitor boasting twice as many pixels as a high-definition television. UTSA researchers in engineering, science, liberal arts and other disciplines who need to translate complex data sets into easily interpretable graphics representations use the visualization wall to further their science.
Since it was released March 27, DisplayCluster has gained attention from scientists and researchers across the country. UTSA began using the software in January as a test site, and Yusheng Feng, UTSA associate professor of mechanical engineering and director of the Simulation, Visualization and Real Time Prediction Center (SiViRT), immediately saw a noticeable improvement over previous software.
"The challenges we had with our visualization wall in the past were software-related," said Feng. "The operation of the wall was unreliable and inconsistent, so we never knew if we were going to be able to meet the needs of faculty and students making use of it. But, with our transition to DisplayCluster, the functionality of the wall has drastically improved."
TACC is one of the leading advanced computing centers in the United States. The center's mission is to enable discoveries that advance science and society through the application of advanced computing technologies. To fulfill this mission, TACC identifies, evaluates, deploys and supports powerful computing, visualization and storage systems and software.
The UTSA VisLab is managed by the College of Engineering SiViRT Center and is open to all UTSA faculty and students as well as their collaborators. The lab supports UTSA's mission of teaching, research and community engagement and contributes to UTSA's goal to recruit the world's top computational researchers.
The UTSA Office of Veteran and Military Affairs is hosting a day full of outreach events and activities by the U.S. Navy as part of a larger Navy presence in San Antonio called Navy Week with various events in the community through Feb. 25.
Student Union Paseo and Convocation Center entrance, Main Campus
Join this interactive play that is a courtroom drama and the audience is the jury. Discussion and will follow.
Student Union, Retama Auditorium (SU 2.02.02), Main Campus
Langston Clark, UTSA assistant professor in the Department of Kinesiology, Health, and Nutrition will discuss exploring the historical context for the role of black athletes in contemporary social movements.
John Peace Library, Assembly Room (JPL 4.04.22), Main Campus
The UTSA African American Studies program invites speakers from the leading African American Fraternities and Sororities for a panel discussion of the history of each organization and to enlighten the audience about the community service, academic purpose, professionalism and ethical roots of each group.
Student Union, Mesquite Room (SU 2.01.24), Main Campus
MuTe Fest is a celebration of original music and technology. Three days of concerts, sessions, and informative lectures will offer a unique experience of musical works created by fellow UTSA students and the chance to gain valuable knowledge about music technology.
Art Building, Music Tech Lab (Arts 3.01.30B), Main Campus
UTSA Libraries hosts Assistant Professor Ian Caine for his lecture, Architectural Postcards from Space, as part of the popular Pizza + Research series. Pizza will be served while supplies last.
Buena Vista Street Building (BVB 2.304), Downtown Campus
The theme of this year’s symposium is Black & Brown Futures. The free event will give UTSA students and the community the opportunity to meet and hear national scholars talk about current research and academic trends relevant to the lives of African Americans in the United States.
Student Union, Denman Room (SU 2.01.28), Main Campus
Registration is open now for this family-friendly and dog-friendly run that supports the UTSA Alumni Association scholarship fund.
Convocation Center, Main Campus
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