Researchers show off one colossal computer screen

This computer display system isn't just big, its Texas Big. The University of Texas this week said it completed upgrade work on its Stallion image system turning into a 307 million pixel, 264 sq.-ft high-resolution display comprised of 75 Dell 30" flat screens capable of presenting amazing realistic imagery. 

With more than 36 gigabytes of graphics memory, 108 gigabytes of system memory, and 100 processing cores, Stallion enables datasets to be processed on a massive scale, the university said in a release.  Prior to the upgrade, Stallion was no pony mind you, its 164 sq-ft display comprised 45 Dell 30" flat screens glowing with 184 pixels.

The next largest tiled display is a 14x5 display (70 monitors) at the University of California San Diego with nearly 287 million pixels.

Stallion is housed at the University's  Texas Advanced Computing Center (TACC) home to all manner of researchers who use scientific visualization as part of the their research. It is also home to Ranger, one of the largest open science computing systems in the world.  Ranger is a Sun Constellation system that runs AMD Quad-Core Opteron processors and boasts a peak performance of 579.4 trillion calculations per second, the university said.

"For a lot of applications such as life sciences, earth sciences or even fluid simulations, the extreme panoramic size is very good. Researchers want to visualize their terascale data sets from a distance, and they want to walk up close and explore the finest features while having a global view of their entire data set simultaneously," said Greg Johnson, a visualization specialist at TACC.

Of course the inevitable question is  does half of the university huddle around the set to watch Texas football games. According to the Austin Matters blog, apparently not yet.

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