Atipa Technologies, Intel, and Northern Illinois University Visualization Display Unleashes Scientists

LAWRENCE, Kan., January 13, 2020 — Researchers at Northern Illinois University (NIU) seek new ways to visualize complex data involved with astrophysics, bio-sciences, and much more. With support from Atipa Technologies and Intel® Select Solutions for Simulation & Visualization, the NIU team has the compute power needed to resolve large-scale simulations, including virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR) scenarios. A central feature of NIU’s visualization solution is a 16-foot by 8-foot display that allows scientists to see content at a level of detail not possible before. The unique display solution’s user-tracking interface also lets scientists interact with it physically rather than using a keyboard or mouse. As a result, both scientists and non-scientists can tap the system’s full potential.

NIU is interested in the research and development of more effective ways to visualize and interact with complex data sets in three dimensions (3D) in order to derive new insights. Legacy approaches proved incapable of rendering the detail needed. The team sought to provide users new and intuitive ways to interact with their simulation data, in real time, without relying on a keyboard and mouse. The high performance computing (HPC) system backing the visualization solution needed underlying infrastructure capable of supporting both the real-time and interaction requirements.

With the assistance of Atipa Technologies, NIU implemented Intel® Select Solutions for Simulation & Visualization to power its unique simulation system. The NIU system, named Hopcroft, joins a lab comprised of Internet of Things (IoT) devices, tracking cameras, and a 16-foot by 8-foot tiled display wall. Hopcroft enhances the capabilities of the lab adding advanced computing capabilities for software, the Intel® oneAPI Rendering Toolkit (Render Kit), and Intel® Omni-Path Architecture (Intel® OPA). The resulting system offers researchers the ability to tackle challenging real-time data exploration in a more interactive and insightful way.

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