The Deep Vision Display Wall is the outcome of a project to build a large, high-resolution stereo display at a reasonable cost. It is a tiled, rear projected, passive stereo display system based on commodity components. Tiled displays offer a high degree of scalability and are affordable because they are built from commodity components. These systems comprise readily available workstations, projectors, and screens, along with special software to create a large, seamless display from multiple projectors.
The primary purpose of the Wall is to provide faculty, staff, and student researchers at Boston University a means to visualize large scientific data sets at very high resolution and using 3D stereopsis. Currently active projects include a Heart Defibrillation Analysis, a project in Space Weather Modeling and a project investigating Fan Acoustics. It is also being used to present large scale 3D art projects in conjunction with Boston University’s College of Fine Arts.
The Wall is part of SCV’s Computing and Visualization Facilities at Boston University which include a large scaled Linux Cluster known as the Shared Computing Cluster (SCC). This computational power can be used to drive the Wall’s display by performing calculations on large data sets in real time and sending the resulting data to the Wall workstations for rendering and display.
The first public showing of the Deep Vision Display Wall was at the SC2001 Supercomputing conference in Denver, Colorado from November 10-16, 2001.