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Los Alamos National Laboratory upgrades simulation theatre

29 July 2013

Los Alamos National Laboratory upgrades simulation theatre
The Powerwall is used by Los Alamos National Lab scientists to view objects and processes in 3D


Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) has selected visualisation specialist Christie for an upgrade to its Powerwall Theater (PWT), an innovative facility that enables researchers to view the complex models and simulations they have created using some of the world’s fastest supercomputers.

The theatre will feature 40 Christie Mirage WU-L WUXGA DLP 3D LED projectors in a five-by-four node grid configuration with double-stacked projectors in each node onto a new ultra high fidelity glass Stewart Filmscreen. It includes Christie AutoCal automated blending and alignment for the highest performance 3D content at up to true 120Hz, and Christie ArrayLoc for continuous colour- and brightness-matching.

The laboratory develops and applies science and technology to ensure the safety, security, and effectiveness of the US nuclear deterrent. It works to reduce global threats and solve other emerging national security and energy challenges.

According to Laura Monroe, ASC production visualisation leader the PWT has provided the lab with a vital resource for displaying and interpreting data: 'Visualisation allows for complex ideas to come to life in a way they wouldn’t on paper. At times, we are doing simulations of physical data and certain dynamics —seeing it visualised in high-resolution, at a high frame rate (HFR) – and 3D can really help understand things faster. With new and advanced technology ever evolving, I would say a picture is worth much more than a thousand words now.'

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Los Alamos National Laboratory