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The visualisation facility at the ICHEC HPC Hub combines a range of high-end hardware to enable full active 3D stereoscopic visualisation of scientific data or simulations. Two powerful workstations, capable of processing large volumes of data, run the visualisation software. Visual output in 2D or 3D is then sent to the large transparent diffusion screen via a high performance projector. 3D stereoscopic visualisation is enabled by the use of active glasses, and the motion tracking system provides awareness of user position and allows manipulation of virtual objects/environments.

Projection system


  • Two Hewlett-Packard Z800 workstations (KK544EA), each with the following specifications:
    • 2 x Intel Xeon Quad-Core E5560 processor (2.80 GHz, 8 MB L2 cache)
    • 24 GB RAM (DDR3 1333 MHz)
    • 1 x NVIDIA Quadro FX5800 (4GB) graphics card
    • 4 x 450 GB SAS Hard Drives (15,000 rpm)

Stereoscopic Glasses

Motion Tracking

  • IOTRACKER/6 motion-tracking system bundle from iotracker

    Bundle includes 6 cameras, untethered rigid-body targets and pre-configured workstation running iotracker client/server software. Key features include:
    • Passive marker-based infared-optical (850 nm) 6-degrees-of-freedom tracking system
    • Sub-millimetre precision and <5 mm accuracy (RMS) of point-measurements
    • Low latency (18-40 ms), mitigated by predictive filtering algorithms
    • Less than 0.1 mm (position) and 0.02° (orientation) noise/jitter


These facilities are available for ICHEC users who wish to visualise their data and simulation results, please refer to our Visualisation Service for more details.