We are currently organising some dedicated visualisation tools for the meeting. The goal is to allow people to visualise their data and/or simulations in a way that isn't readily available. We intend to have the CSIRO opti-portal at Marsfield, a mini opti-portal and a stereoscopic viewer available. Some brief details on each of these visualisation tools is provided below. If you would like to take advantage of this opportunity, please contact Russell Jurek at Russell.Jurek@CSIRO.au to arrange transfer of the files/images. We would like to have all files/images by November 14th, so that we have time to make sure that all of the files/images play/display correctly.
The Opti-portal comprises a 5x5 grid of 1080p screens. This provides a total resolution of 9,600 x 5,400 = 51.84 Mpixels. The imaging software on the Opti-portal's main node supports jpeg images that are as large as 8,000x8,000 pixels. Any images that have at least one dimension larger than 8,000 pixels will need to be in a pyramidal .tif format to be displayed. The Opti-portal's main node is also equipped with a OpenSceneGraph movie viewer. This wiki page lists the various file formats supported by OpenSceneGraph using plug-ins. This device is best suited for very large datasets.
The CSIRO opti-portal webpage can be found here. Generic information about opti-portals can be found at this wiki. The CSIRO opti-portal is part of a larger program called CSIROvision, and information can be found here.
We are constructing a custom version of a mini Opti-portal for this. This is a standard desktop machine running that uses a GPU to output to multiple displays. This means that we can run standard imaging, display and movie tools at a much higher resolution than possible on a laptop or standard desktop. As this is a standard machine, we expect to be able to support a wide variety of image and movie formats using tools such GIMP, QuickTime and VLC media player. We are aiming to have either 3 or 4 screens running. The mini Opti-portal is best suited for medium sized images and file formats unsupported by the Opti-portal.
CSIRO has been developing a 3-D visualisation capability, which includes working with Monash University on the 3-D Alive! facility. We have arranged a loan of one of CSIRO's active 3-D projectors, 4 pairs of active 3-D glasses and a windows laptop that runs Stereoscopic player, which supports most stereoscopic formats. This laptop is capable of running OpenGL programs that have 'quad buffered stereo' support. We have been granted limited permission to install these applications on the laptop. If you have a custom application/program or would like to make use of a particular program to view your stereoscopic data, please contact Russell Jurek and we will do our best to install the application/program on the laptop.