NCCS Data Exploration Theater
As part of expanded data analysis and visualization capabilities,
the NASA Center for Climate Simulation (NCCS) Data Exploration Theater
features a 20-foot by 6-foot 10-inch multi-screen visualization wall, also known as a
hyperwall. The NCCS visualization wall/hyperwall combines 15 55-inch
high-definition LCD screens with very narrow bezels, resulting in an
almost seamless surface of more than 31 million pixels.
The visualization wall/hyperwall is a flexible environment for
displaying high-definition movies of simulation results, data
visualizations, animations, and other imagery. Not only can the wall
display high-definition movies (1280x720 and 1920x1080), but also data
and simulation results that are much higher than traditional
high-definition resolution, up to 9600x3240. The wall can show a single
visualization across all 15 screens or up to 15 or more visualizations
at once for comparison. Interactive capabilities are under development.
The visualization wall/hyperwall is a joint effort of the NCCS and the
Scientific Visualization Studio.
Among the NCCS-hosted simulations regularly presented on the visualization wall/hyperwall are:
NASA Goddard's Phil Webster shows how supercomputing Earth's climate is done in the NASA booth at the 2011 American Geophysical Union (AGU) Fall Meeting in San Francisco. Photo by NASA.
In addition to the permanent NCCS installation, NASA's Science Mission Directorate brings hyperwalls to major scientific conferences and other events worldwide. Recent examples include meetings of the American Astronomical Society, American Geophysical Union, and American Meteorological Society across North America; the 17th Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change conference in Durban, South Africa; and Planet Under Pressure in London, England.
- Goddard Institute for Space Studies (GISS) climate change projections following surface air temperature, ice cover, and other fields from 1880 to 2100.
- The Global Modeling and Assimilation Office (GMAO) Modern Era Retrospective-analysis for Research and Applications (MERRA) project, a comprehensive reanalysis of weather and climate beginning in 1979.
- GMAO global model simulations run at resolutions as high as 3.5 kilometers and capturing phenomena such as massive snowstorms hitting the eastern United States and a highly active Atlantic hurricane season.
For previews, descriptions, and downloads of visualization wall/hyperwall content, visit:
NCCS Visualization Wall/Hyperwall Content
NASA Science Presentations
Visualization Wall/Hyperwall Cluster
- 15 Samsung UD55C 55-inch displays
- DVI connection
- 1920 x 1080 screen resolution @1080p
- 16 Dell Precision WorkStation R5400s
- 2 dual-core Intel Xeon Harpertown processors per node
- 4 GB of memory per node
- NVIDIA Quadro FX 1700 graphics
- 1 Gigabit Ethernet network connectivity
- One Dell FX100 Thin Client
Scheduling and Support
To book the Data Exploration Theater, please send a meeting invitation to:
Please include the following information:
Scheduling Point of Contact:
- Date and time
- Name of group/tour
- Purpose of group's visit
- Approximate number of attendees
- Whether or not you will require a tour leader and/or someone to run the visualization wall/hyperwall
Heidi M. Dewan
Computational and Information Sciences and Technology Office (CISTO)
NASA Goddard Space Flight Center
For visualization wall/hyperwall technical support, please send email to: email@example.com
NCCS Data Exploration Theater