Hyperwall-2 is spread across 128 monitors and
is used for a multitude of purposes such as displaying images from
Nasa's Spitzer Space Telescope (as shown above)
You may think you've got a pretty good widescreen set-up at home, but nothing comes close to Nasa's hyperwall-2.
for a multitude of purposes, from weather and national disaster
observations to displaying images from Nasa's Spitzer Space Telescope -
as shown here - the quarter-of-a-
billion-pixel, 128-screen, 23ft-wide
LCD array is the world's highest-resolution display system.
a Nasa analyst is examining a colourised image of part of the centre of
our galaxy. The blue specks are Milky Way stars, and the bluish-white
haze in the background is light from older star clusters. In the top
left of the picture (the third screen along) you can see the Black
Widow Nebula, ten thousand light years away.
at Nasa's Ames Research Centre in 2008, the system is powered by 128
graphics-processing units with 1,024 processor cores, running at speeds
of up to 74 teraflops - that's 74 trillion calculations per second, the
equivalent of over 300 PS3 consoles.
all this power isn't being used to play giant games of Modern Warfare 2
- it enables scientists to analyse massive data sets and run
simulations that might take weeks on lesser computers.