NASA Center Opens Reconfigurable Advanced Visualization Environment Powered by Silicon Graphics Onyx2

RAVE at NASA Glenn Part of Collaborative Immersive Environments Network



Apr 10, 2001, 01:00 ET from SGI

    MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif., April 10 /PRNewswire/ -- SGI (NYSE:   SGI) today
 announced that NASA Glenn Research Center, Cleveland, Ohio, has officially
 opened a new RAVE(TM) (Reconfigurable Advanced Visualization Environment)
 powered by a Silicon Graphics(R) Onyx2(R) visualization system with the
 InfiniteReality3(TM) graphics subsystem.
     The RAVE from Fakespace Systems Inc., located in the Glenn Reconfigurable
 User Interface and Virtual Reality Exploration (GRUVE) laboratory, is being
 showcased today with a ribbon-cutting ceremony and demonstrations at NASA
 Glenn. With the Silicon Graphics Onyx2 InfiniteReality3 system, NASA Glenn now
 has the computing and graphics power to explore computational fluid dynamics
 and structural analysis simulations in an immersive, collaborative
 environment.
     Silicon Graphics Onyx2, with its high-bandwidth ccNUMA architecture,
 combines supercomputing and visualization technologies to process 3D graphics,
 2D imaging and video data in real time, making it an ideal solution for
 gaining insight in the fields of manufacturing, government, engineering,
 science, research and entertainment. Extending the industry-leading
 InfiniteReality(TM) graphics architecture, InfiniteReality3 provides the most
 advanced capabilities for image quality and realism.
     "The display wall is ideal for showing large amounts of data where one can
 look up close at small details or step back and get the big picture," said
 Jay Horowitz, director of the GRUVE lab at NASA Glenn. "The panoramic view
 configuration is good for flight simulator-type visualization or for
 displaying several panels of data and video displays like a virtual control
 room. The CAVE, a three-sided room with 3D projection and tracking, gives one
 the sense of being fully immersed in a virtual reality simulation."
     Onyx2 InfiniteReality3 was selected by NASA for its unrivaled ability to
 handle high-resolution image and volumetric information with 256MB of texture
 memory and advanced texture mapping techniques. The texture memory capability
 of InfiniteReality3 is four times larger than the texture memory of the
 previous InfiniteReality2(TM) graphics at the same price.
     The RAVE was purchased as part of a NASA initiative that aims to enable
 geographically dispersed teams of engineers and scientists to collaborate in
 full-sensory environments. Researchers at other NASA centers will utilize
 broad bandwidth links between systems to share the new immersive environment
 with NASA Glenn in real-time, remote collaboration, allowing them to work
 together as if they were at the same location.
     NASA Glenn also foresees supporting a larger range of applications with
 the RAVE that could include work with local Cleveland groups and organizations
 in the areas of education, biomedicine and art.
     The RAVE system consists of three self-contained modules that can be used
 as independent stereoscopic projection display systems or in a variety of
 groupings. Each module features an 8-foot-wide by 7.5-foot-high rigid
 rear-projected screen at one end of an 11-foot-deep structure containing one
 or more high-resolution CRT projectors.
     Equipped with air casters, the RAVE modules can be raised approximately
 one inch off the ground, and one or two people can easily roll the units into
 different viewing configurations. The RAVE is an extremely flexible
 large-scale system designed for a variety of immersive viewing modalities.
 When positioned to form an immersive room, angled theater-like configuration,
 a 24-foot flat wall, an L-shaped display or three separate display walls, it
 provides stereoscopic visualizations that appear to have a real dimensional
 presence when viewed with electronic shutter glasses.
     "We developed the RAVE in order to provide organizations such as NASA
 Glenn with the flexibility to use one display system for a broad range of
 projects," said Dan Wright, chief executive officer of Fakespace Systems. "The
 opening of the GRUVE lab demonstrates the success of our ongoing partnerships
 with NASA and SGI to advance the value of visualization technology for both
 public and commercial use."
 
     About Fakespace
     Fakespace Systems provides products and services for better insight,
 communications and collaboration in automotive, manufacturing, military,
 aerospace, geophysical exploration and scientific research organizations. The
 company designs and manufactures immersive displays and interactive devices
 and integrates complete visualization solutions providing Better Ways to
 Create and Communicate(TM). A business unit of Electrohome Limited
 (TSE: ELL.X, ELL.Y), Fakespace systems is headquartered in Kitchener, Ontario,
 Canada. The company has U.S. offices in Novi, Michigan; Alameda and San Diego,
 California; Columbus, Ohio; and Rockville, Maryland and has a European office
 based in the United Kingdom. More information on Fakespace Systems Inc. is
 available at www.fakespacesystems.com.
 
     About SGI
     SGI provides a broad range of high-performance computing and advanced
 graphics solutions that enable customers to understand and conquer their
 toughest computing problems. Headquartered in Mountain View, Calif., with
 offices worldwide, the company is located on the Web at www.sgi.com.
     NOTE:  Silicon Graphics, Onyx and Onyx2 are registered trademarks, and
 SGI, the SGI logo, InfiniteReality, InfiniteReality2 and InfiniteReality3 are
 trademarks, of Silicon Graphics, Inc. RAVE is a trademark of Fakespace Systems
 Inc. All other trademarks mentioned herein are the property of their
 respective owners.
     CONTACT:  Gregory Slabodkin of SGI, 301-595-2618, or slabodkin@sgi.com; or
 Sally Harrington of NASA Glenn, 216-433-2037, or
 sally.harrington@grc.nasa.gov.
 
 

SOURCE SGI
    MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif., April 10 /PRNewswire/ -- SGI (NYSE:   SGI) today
 announced that NASA Glenn Research Center, Cleveland, Ohio, has officially
 opened a new RAVE(TM) (Reconfigurable Advanced Visualization Environment)
 powered by a Silicon Graphics(R) Onyx2(R) visualization system with the
 InfiniteReality3(TM) graphics subsystem.
     The RAVE from Fakespace Systems Inc., located in the Glenn Reconfigurable
 User Interface and Virtual Reality Exploration (GRUVE) laboratory, is being
 showcased today with a ribbon-cutting ceremony and demonstrations at NASA
 Glenn. With the Silicon Graphics Onyx2 InfiniteReality3 system, NASA Glenn now
 has the computing and graphics power to explore computational fluid dynamics
 and structural analysis simulations in an immersive, collaborative
 environment.
     Silicon Graphics Onyx2, with its high-bandwidth ccNUMA architecture,
 combines supercomputing and visualization technologies to process 3D graphics,
 2D imaging and video data in real time, making it an ideal solution for
 gaining insight in the fields of manufacturing, government, engineering,
 science, research and entertainment. Extending the industry-leading
 InfiniteReality(TM) graphics architecture, InfiniteReality3 provides the most
 advanced capabilities for image quality and realism.
     "The display wall is ideal for showing large amounts of data where one can
 look up close at small details or step back and get the big picture," said
 Jay Horowitz, director of the GRUVE lab at NASA Glenn. "The panoramic view
 configuration is good for flight simulator-type visualization or for
 displaying several panels of data and video displays like a virtual control
 room. The CAVE, a three-sided room with 3D projection and tracking, gives one
 the sense of being fully immersed in a virtual reality simulation."
     Onyx2 InfiniteReality3 was selected by NASA for its unrivaled ability to
 handle high-resolution image and volumetric information with 256MB of texture
 memory and advanced texture mapping techniques. The texture memory capability
 of InfiniteReality3 is four times larger than the texture memory of the
 previous InfiniteReality2(TM) graphics at the same price.
     The RAVE was purchased as part of a NASA initiative that aims to enable
 geographically dispersed teams of engineers and scientists to collaborate in
 full-sensory environments. Researchers at other NASA centers will utilize
 broad bandwidth links between systems to share the new immersive environment
 with NASA Glenn in real-time, remote collaboration, allowing them to work
 together as if they were at the same location.
     NASA Glenn also foresees supporting a larger range of applications with
 the RAVE that could include work with local Cleveland groups and organizations
 in the areas of education, biomedicine and art.
     The RAVE system consists of three self-contained modules that can be used
 as independent stereoscopic projection display systems or in a variety of
 groupings. Each module features an 8-foot-wide by 7.5-foot-high rigid
 rear-projected screen at one end of an 11-foot-deep structure containing one
 or more high-resolution CRT projectors.
     Equipped with air casters, the RAVE modules can be raised approximately
 one inch off the ground, and one or two people can easily roll the units into
 different viewing configurations. The RAVE is an extremely flexible
 large-scale system designed for a variety of immersive viewing modalities.
 When positioned to form an immersive room, angled theater-like configuration,
 a 24-foot flat wall, an L-shaped display or three separate display walls, it
 provides stereoscopic visualizations that appear to have a real dimensional
 presence when viewed with electronic shutter glasses.
     "We developed the RAVE in order to provide organizations such as NASA
 Glenn with the flexibility to use one display system for a broad range of
 projects," said Dan Wright, chief executive officer of Fakespace Systems. "The
 opening of the GRUVE lab demonstrates the success of our ongoing partnerships
 with NASA and SGI to advance the value of visualization technology for both
 public and commercial use."
 
     About Fakespace
     Fakespace Systems provides products and services for better insight,
 communications and collaboration in automotive, manufacturing, military,
 aerospace, geophysical exploration and scientific research organizations. The
 company designs and manufactures immersive displays and interactive devices
 and integrates complete visualization solutions providing Better Ways to
 Create and Communicate(TM). A business unit of Electrohome Limited
 (TSE: ELL.X, ELL.Y), Fakespace systems is headquartered in Kitchener, Ontario,
 Canada. The company has U.S. offices in Novi, Michigan; Alameda and San Diego,
 California; Columbus, Ohio; and Rockville, Maryland and has a European office
 based in the United Kingdom. More information on Fakespace Systems Inc. is
 available at www.fakespacesystems.com.
 
     About SGI
     SGI provides a broad range of high-performance computing and advanced
 graphics solutions that enable customers to understand and conquer their
 toughest computing problems. Headquartered in Mountain View, Calif., with
 offices worldwide, the company is located on the Web at www.sgi.com.
     NOTE:  Silicon Graphics, Onyx and Onyx2 are registered trademarks, and
 SGI, the SGI logo, InfiniteReality, InfiniteReality2 and InfiniteReality3 are
 trademarks, of Silicon Graphics, Inc. RAVE is a trademark of Fakespace Systems
 Inc. All other trademarks mentioned herein are the property of their
 respective owners.
     CONTACT:  Gregory Slabodkin of SGI, 301-595-2618, or slabodkin@sgi.com; or
 Sally Harrington of NASA Glenn, 216-433-2037, or
 sally.harrington@grc.nasa.gov.
 
 SOURCE  SGI

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