Mountain View, CA - February 3, 1999 - Fakespace, Inc. today announced that it has been awarded a contract to create a large-scale visualization display system at Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL). This system will be used in the development and presentation of supercomputer-generated scientific visualizations for LANL research programs, including the analysis of weapon system simulations to ensure the reliability of America's nuclear stockpile.
Fakespace is providing virtual model displays and a custom designed, large-scale visualization system, as well as software, installation and support services for the new Visualization Laboratory at LANL. The system will be used to develop and view simulations generated by one of the world's fastest supercomputers, Blue Mountain, which was developed by Silicon Graphics, Inc. as part of the U.S. Department of Energy's Accelerated Strategic Computing Initiative (ASCI). Blue Mountain is being used as part of the government's Stockpile Stewardship Program.
"The Stockpile Stewardship Program uses science-based methods to assess and certify the safety, security and reliability of nuclear weapons without underground testing," said John Reynders, ASCI senior project leader for Computational Sciences at LANL. "To make the results of our work readily accessible to researchers and policy makers, we are creating a Visualization Laboratory using advanced display technologies to provide the highest fidelity environment for data interaction available with today's technologies. Fakespace provided an equipment and integration proposal that fully meets the demanding requirements of the project."
The Fakespace engineering team is working closely with LANL to design and integrate a state-of-the-art installation called the DLV Corridor Display System. The system will be used in conjunction with Blue Mountain, which includes a Silicon Graphics® Cray® Origin2000™ supercomputer and an integrated 16-pipe Onyx2™ InfiniteReality® visualization system, the most powerful system of its kind in the world.
"Fakespace high-quality display systems provide a very accessible and compelling interface to Silicon Graphics workstations for visual supercomputing applications," said Jim Foran, director of visualization technology for Silicon Graphic's Advanced Graphics Division. "We are pleased to know that Fakespace, an SGI partner for many years, has been selected for the integration of the advanced display technology that leverages the power of the Blue Mountain system."
Under an earlier contract, Fakespace supplied two Immersive WorkBench™ virtual model displays, which were installed in the LANL Visualization Laboratory in October 1998. The Fakespace Immersive WorkBench is a drafting table style projected display system that enables researchers to view and manipulate three-dimensional computer-generated models in real time, so that they appear to have a real presence in space when viewed through stereoscopic shutter glasses. Fakespace PINCH™ gloves are used for direct interaction with the visualizations displayed on the Immersive WorkBenches.
Under the new contract, the company will provide an 8-ft by 15-ft rear-projection video wall and a 7.5-ft (diagonal) front-projection display system. Both of these displays will be equipped with state-of-the-art, high-performance Digital Light Valve (DLV) solid-state projectors from Electrohome Ltd. (Kitchener, Ontario). These fully digital projectors were developed to project sharp images from high-resolution computers, workstations and video sources. The reflective DLV technology provides high image quality, stability and reliability.
The rear-projection video wall is comprised of six independent four-ft. by five-ft. screens and six projectors, supporting the display of a single 1280 x 1024 pixel per inch resolution image across the six screens. The display provides a total resolution of 3840 x 3072 pixels or almost twelve million pixels in all.
"We are excited to have the opportunity to design and integrate this cutting-edge display system," said Jim Angelillo, president of Fakespace, Inc. The LANL Visualization Laboratory will enable unprecedented understanding of the scientific phenomena that impact our lives. In addition to its role in maintaining the U.S. nuclear stockpile without dangerous testing, the DLV Corridor Display System will be used to address other important global issues such as the spread of disease, urban traffic flow, forest fires, climate changes and environmental emissions."
Fakespace, Inc., headquartered in Mountain View, Calif., is a leading provider of interactive visualization solutions for automotive, manufacturing, military and aerospace, and scientific visualization applications. In June 1998, Fakespace received an equity investment from Electrohome, Ltd., (TSE: ELL.X, ELL.Y), a leading manufacturer and marketer of large screen video/data/graphics projection systems, located in Kitchener, Ontario.
Fakespace's virtual model display product family includes the Immersive WorkBench, the VersaBench(tm) and the Mini WorkBench (tm). Fakespace immersive binocular displays include the BOOM®, the BOOM HF (formerly the FS2(tm)) and the PUSH(tm) 640 and PUSH 1280 Desktop Displays. Other products include PINCH Glove hand gesture interface systems, hardware and software for integrating applications into 3D visualization systems, and consulting services for applications development.
More information is available on the World Wide Web at www.fakespace.com.
BOOM and Fakespace are registered trademarks, Immersive WorkBench, VersaBench, Mini WorkBench, PUSH Desktop Display, and PINCH are trademarks of Fakespace, Inc. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners.
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Mechdyne Corporation is the world's largest company dedicated to consulting and development of immersive, networked and collaborative visualization solutions. The company addresses complex projects where an in-depth understanding of user requirements leads to the development of products and customized solutions involving elements of visual, software and support systems. Mechdyne's product divisions provide advanced display technology, audio/visual systems design, and implementation services, as well as immersive and interactive software development and support. Headquartered in Marshalltown, Iowa, Mechdyne's customers include leading government laboratories, military research programs, energy companies and a variety of 'edutainment,' manufacturing, and other users of visualization technology. More information is available at www.mechdyne.com.