HIPerSpace System
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HIPerSpace System

November 10, 2011
An interactive analysis of NASA's 3.7 gigapixel resolution Blue Marble Next Generation dataset using the HIPerSpace (Highly Interactive Parallelized Display Space) system. With a screen resolution of up to 220 million pixels displayed across 55 high-resolution tiled screens, HIPerSpace is the highest-resolution computer display in the world. HIPerSpace was constructed by engineers led by chief architect Falko Kuester, associate professor of structural engineering at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD). It is linked via optical fiber to the UCSD division of the California Institute for Telecommunications and Information Technology's (Calit2) building at the University of California, Irvine, which boasts the previous record holder for highest-resolution tiled display screen at 200 million pixels, the HYPerWall (Highly Interactive Parallelized Display Wall). HYPerWall was built in 2005 with funding from the National Science Foundation (NSF). The combination of the two systems can deliver real-time-rendered graphics simultaneously across 420 million pixels to audiences in Irvine and San Diego. After developing the HYPerWall system at UC-Irvine, Kuester (who is chief architect of both systems) and his group moved to UCSD in 2006, where they began working on the next generation of massively tiled display walls, which now serves as a prototype for the ultra-high-resolution OptIPortal tiled displays developed by the NSF-funded OptIPuter project.

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