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Quadro K5000

Graphics Upgrade

After a hardware failure in September, 2013, and a generous donation from NVIDIA, the IVC is now running on a shiny, new NVIDIA Quadro K5000. While we were changing video cards, we configured the projectors and blending equipment to accept digital inputs, so the IVC is now fully digital!

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Sixth Immersive Visualization Competition Winners Announced

Posted November 04, 2011
The IVC's six annual Immersive Visualization Competition was held on November 4, 2011. Six competitors presented work ranging from virtual reality games to turbulent flows. After a though decision process the winners were announced
  • First place: Shriram Jagannathan, Visualization of Coherent Structures in Incompressible and Compressible Turbulent Flows
  • Second place: David Monroe, A Glimpse Into the Next Dimension of Fractals
  • Third place: Amy Richards, Rhiannon Martinez, and Oscar Camorlinga Circuitree

Thanks to all those who participated, as all the entries were excellent.
Keep up to date on the latest competition news at the IVC's competition page to find out when you can register for the next competition.

Image courtesy of Shriram Jagannathan
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The Immersive Visualization Center has installed a new computer system, a custom-built SuperMicro system. The system has taken over for the Dell Precision, and is estimated to be five times more powerful than its predecessor. Click on the "Configuration" tab above or here to learn more about the IVC's hardware.


Photo courtesy of SuperMicro
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Fourth Immersive Visualization Competition Winners Announced

Posted November 12, 2009
The IVC's fourth annual Immersive Visualization Competition was held on November 6, 2009. Nine great presentations were given, ranging from stereoscopic movies to visualizations to help battle tuberculosis. In the end, the winners were:
  • First place: Robert Graf, Into the Fourth Dimension - Stereoscopic Movie Collection
  • Second place: Mark Hickey, Electromagnetic Potential Field Visulaization - ParaView

Thanks to all those who participated, as all the entries were excellent. Keep up to date on the latest competition news at the IVC's competition page to find out when you can register for the next competition.

Image courtesy of Robert Graf

RV Stereoscopic Video Player Installed

Posted September 30, 2009
The IVC has purchased a license of Tweak Software's RV, a high-end video playback tool. Multiple image, video, and audio streams can be combined to create multilayered or stereoscopic video. Please contact the IVC for information about creating a stereoscopic video.
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Third Immersive Visualization Competition Winners Announced

Posted November 20, 2008
The IVC's third annual Immersive Visualization Competition was held on November 14, 2008. Both pre-rendered and real-time projects were shown, all with strong scientific and artistic components. In the end, the winners were:
  • First place: Mayank Singh, GPU Accelerated Cloud Visualization - OpenGL
  • Second place: Chris Griffin, Earthbound - Stereoscopic Video
Thanks to all those who participated, as all the entries were excellent.

Keep up to date on the latest competition news at the IVC's competition page to find out when you can register for the next competition.

Image courtesy of Mayank Singh
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Second Immersive Visualization Competition Winners Announced

Posted December 10, 2007
The IVC's second annual Immersive Visualization Competition was held on November 1, 2007. A number of great presentations were given on a variety of disciplines, from data capturing and simulation to computer-generated movie visuals. In the end, the winners were as follows:
  • First place: Alicia Bair, Orbital Dynamics - OpenGL
  • Second place: Chris Griffin, Utopia City - Video
  • Third place: Mark Hickey, Odessa Meteor Impact Data Simulation - ParaView

Thanks to all those who participated, as all the entries were excellent. Keep up to date on the latest competition news at the IVC's competition page to find out when you can register for the next competition.


Image courtesy of Chris Griffin
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Immersive Visualization Competition Winners Announced

Posted December 8, 2006
The Immersive Visualization Center's first annual Immersive Visualization Competition was held on December 6, 2006, with many excellent entries. In the end, the winners were as follows:
  • First place: Timothy Weaver, Artistic Digital Rotoscoping
  • Second place: Can Yuksel, Car Simulation
  • Third place: Brandon Green, WireArm -- Arm Range of Motion Visualization

Thanks to all those who participated, as all the entries were excellent. Keep up to date on the latest competition news at the IVC's competition page to find out when you can register for the next competition.

Image courtesy of Can Yuksel
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Entomology Department Presentation

Posted October 26, 2006
Drs. Andrew Birt and Maria Tchakerian of Texas A&M's Entomology department gave a presentation to the US Forest Service, combining the high quality of Texas A&M research with the IVC's state-of-the-art presentation facilities to provide an unparalleled level of presentation quality. Some of the topics covered are described below. Leaf Cutter Ant (Atta Texana) Nest In August of 1960, entomologists headed by Dr. John Moser excavated a large Leaf Cutter Ant (Atta Texana) nest. All data was manually plotted and recorded meticulously by hand. With the new technology available, Dr. Moser allowed Texas A&M to revisit the data set, first converting the cavity locations from the hand drawings to digital maps. These were then composited together in 3D to create an accurate visualization of the underground and inner workings of the nest. Three Pine Tree Studies Utilizing different commercially available programs and algorithms, pine trees were created to mimic the realistic attributes one would discover in a forest. Each sample tree shown approaches the problem of visualizing the complexities of nature through a unique approach and algorithms.

IVC's Immersive Visualization Competition is Underway

Posted October 4, 2006 The Immersive Visualization Center's first Immersive Visualization Competition is now underway. A number of full-time graduate and undergraduate Texas A&M students have submitted proposals for the competition, with a wide range of exciting ideas which will showcase the IVC's power and versatility. Final judging will be held December 6 and will include judges from Texas A&M and NVidia. The competition is sponsored by the Vice President for Research, the Institute for Scientific Computation, NVidia, and AVS.
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New Computer System Installed

Posted October 1, 2006 The Immersive Visualization Center has installed a new computer system, a Dell Precision 690. The system is now the IVC's primary computing system, and is five to ten times more powerful than it's predecessors. Click on the "Configuration" tab above or here to learn more about the IVC's hardware. Photo courtesy of Dell Computer
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IVC featured in A&M Pre-College Day

Posted November 8, 2004
Nearly 300 high school students from across Texas visited the Immersive Visualization Center on Friday, November 5. As a part of a Pre-College day organized by the Colleges of Science and Geosciences the students were treated to a display of the facility's vast capabilities. Nine sessions of 15 minutes throughout the day showcased the hardware and software that is be available to Texas A&M's faculty, staff, and students. Photo courtesy of John Scroggs
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Construction Progress Update

Posted June 8, 2004
The interior modifications are progressing at a rapid pace. The ceiling at the rear of the facility has been raised, HVAC duct work relocated, and the seating platform has been constructed. Photo courtesy of Christopher Mathewson
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Screen Crate Successfully Lifted into Halbouty Building

Posted April 8, 2004
The crate containing the 25' x 8' screen arrived on the Texas A&M campus and was lifted into the second floor of the Halbouty Geosciences Building on April 7. Aside from removing some additional brickwork to gain additional clearance for the crate, the installation went by without any major problems. Several students and staff watched at a distance as the screen ascended to its new home. There was also ample media coverage from KBTX as well as an article in the Bryan/College Station Eagle. Interior construction will continue in preparation for the arrival of SEOS engineers who will extract the screen from the crate, mount it to the floor, and configure the hardware and software to produce a sharp, continuous, 3840x1024 image. Photo courtesy of Brady Creel
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Screen Crate to be Installed April 7

Posted April 6, 2004
The crate for the curved screen will be lifted into Halbouty Room 260 on April 7. Able Machinery Movers from Houston will deliver the screen, lift it, and insert it into a temporary opening in the back of the building. Because the 25-foot screen is comprised of a single sheet of material, a unconventional method is needed to get it into the building. The semi-rigid screen is shipped flat and will be formed into a 120-degree arc when it is installed by SEOS engineers later this Spring. Photo courtesy of Able Machinery Movers
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Halbouty Building Wall Opened

Posted March 30, 2004
A section of the back wall on the Halbouty building was removed this week to permit the installation of the IVC screen crate. A temporary scaffolding was erected to facilitate the brick removal and will remain in place for use by the machinery movers. After the screen crate is in place the opening will be sealed and the interior walls reconstructed.