Fakespace Systems gets $4.5 million visualization-system contract

AUGUST 16--Fakespace Systems Inc. (Kitchener, Ont., Canada; www.fakespacesystems.com), a business unit of Electrohome Ltd., was awarded a $4.5 million ($7 million Canadian) contract by the US Department of Energy (DoE) to design, build, and install several custom visualization systems at Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL; Los Alamos, NM).

AUGUST 16--Fakespace Systems Inc. (Kitchener, Ont., Canada;www.fakespacesystems.com), a business unit of Electrohome Ltd., was awarded a $4.5 million ($7 million Canadian) contract by the US Department of Energy (DoE) to design, build, and install several custom visualization systems at Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL; Los Alamos, NM). The large-scale visualization systems will include new high-brightness, stereoscopic digital-projection technology.

Multiple Mirage 2000 graphics-projection systems from Christie Digital Systems will be tiled into a custom-designed, large-format WorkWall display system for viewing extremely large computer data sets in very-high-resolution detail. Capable of displaying 31 million pixels, the full system is expected to be one of the largest displays of its type ever built.

The new visualization systems will be installed in the Strategic Computing Complex (SCC), one of the most sophisticated simulation and computing facilities in the world. The SCC will house more than 200 nuclear-weapons scientists, engineers, and designers and will provide large-scale visualization laboratories as well as a very-large-scale visualization theater.

The SCC also features an uninterrupted computer floor the size of a football field and will house the largest supercomputer in the world. Called "Q," this system, built by Compaq Computer Corp., will be capable of performing calculations at 30 trillion operations per second.

Deliveries are scheduled to occur during FY2001 (ending September 30, 2001) and FY2002.

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