October 31, 2008
Mechdyne Helps Illuminate Climate Change Data at New Welsh Research Centre
Mechdyne Corporation today announced that it was selected to integrate and install an 8 Megapixel (MP) display wall at the Mike Barnsley Centre for Climate Research, a collaborative research facility opened today in Southwest Wales. The Centre, which is a joint venture between IBM, Swansea University and Technium Pembrokeshire, includes Blue Ice, an IBM supercomputer that researchers will use for research into environmental sciences and renewable energy utilizing high performance computing and a top-end visualization environment.
The new centre went "live" today on the occasion of a day-long conference on climate change hosted by the Pembrokeshire County Council that featured presentations from leading university and business researchers, including representatives of Chevron Corp., RWE nPower, and Swansea University. Mechdyne worked closely with OCF plc, the systems integrator for the climate change centre, on planning, design and installation of the HD-quality display and integrated stereo audio system.
"Visualization plays an important role in climate modeling by providing dramatic imagery that makes environmental science meaningful to policy makers and the general public, as well as scientists," said Chris Clover, president and chief executive officer of Mechdyne. "This is one of many policy and business environments where decision makers without technical training can better understand complex subjects when the information is brought to life in computer models."
The wall size display system includes four separate 1920 x 1080 pixel image "cubes" that are capable of displaying one single computer-generated image or four unique images simultaneously. Each cube houses a rear-projection DLP display with high brightness, 1000 to 1 contrast ratio and wide viewing area. With a 70-in diagonal size, each cube has a screen area of approximately 61 in. x 34.3 in. (155 cm x 87 cm), creating a full HD-quality display with 10 ft x 5.7 ft (3.1 m X 1.74 m) screen area.
Based in Sheffield, UK, with customers throughout Great Britain and Ireland, OCF (http://www.ocf.co.uk) designs, integrates and supports innovative High Performance Computing (HPC), Visualisation (HPV) and Data Storage solutions. It holds IBM Premier Partner status and enhances its IBM-based solutions using technology from a range of partners including, AMD, Cisco, Dataram, Mechdyne, Intel, Microsoft, Nallatech, nVidia, Qlogic and Voltaire. It has the largest High Performance Compute delivery team in the UK.
About Mechdyne Corporation
Mechdyne Corporation is the world's largest company dedicated to consulting and development of immersive, networked and collaborative visualization solutions. Winner of a 2008 AV Award from ArchiTech Magazine and Infocomm, 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.
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