Visualisation is an important part of VISTA activities. Not only does visualisation allow for a better understanding of generated project results, but also allows for improved public dissemination. This is significant since visualisation allows for stakeholders to interface and interact with the data in a manner which allows them to more clearly understand the significance of a projects output. VISTA visualisation activities in this area can be broadly sub divided into three main roles 3D Models, Reconstruction and Animations. These activities are supported and enhanced by VISTA's Aurora render farm which is linked directly to the University's 150TB Blue BEAR computing cluster, and runs Blender 2.46, the free open source 3D content creation suite.
VISTA Compute - Desktop Resources
- High-end 64bit workstations with nVIDIA Quadro Graphics cards allowing the centre to visualise the latest high resolution imagery in conjunction with active stereo viewing.
- Lower specification 32bit workstations available for standard software visualisation purposes.
High specification workstation specifically set-up for Archaeo-geophysical interpretation.
- Aurora, a small mixed architecture render farm which features 32 cores and over 80GB of Physical RAM that facilitates increased capacity for the centres animation and visualisation activities.
- Direct link to the University main compute cluster the BEAR environment and is able to directly utilise and interface with this modern high performance computing resource. This is linkage is vital in enabling the visualisation of the outputs of this 1,500 core resource.
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