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Optiportal - OzIPortal - Launch today [OT]

Discussion in 'UO Oceania' started by Guest, Jan 15, 2008.

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    So this is where i have spent most of my time over the past 3 months, and its finally nearly over.... today is the launch day, we have heaps of people turning up as well as news crews... so keep your eyes on the news tonight for the report, most likely i will be in it [​IMG]

    Now i can hit the submit button after the launch was successful. Having people like Julia Gillard, John Brumby and others of the same ilk here was tense and nerve racking to say the least to get it right.... but we did it!!!

    here are some pictures of what it actually looks like, but these are from when we were testing it in another room, will post pics of what happened today at another time... also is the press release under it.

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    I had an awesome time working on this, been heaps of late nights and time spent talking directly via the live video feed with the guys at california university.

    Press Release
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    University of Melbourne initiates Australia’s
    ultra-resolution global collaboration laboratory
    Deputy Prime Minister Julia Gillard and Victorian Premier John Brumby today joined
    politicians, industry, science and media representatives - on both sides of the Pacific – to
    experience a powerful next generation ultra-resolution visualisation carried over a superbroadband
    network linking the University of Melbourne and the University of California San
    Diego (UCSD),
    In an Australian first, this next generation platform - set to revolutionise the way Australia interacts
    with the rest of the world – allows real-time, interactive collaboration across the globe - combining
    high-definition video and audio with the sharing of ultra-resolution visualisations from a broad range of
    disciplines. Today’s demonstration was an initiative of the Australian American Leadership Dialogue
    (AALD).
    In the last two months, the University of Melbourne has constructed a massive 96 million pixel
    “OptIPortal” visualization wall - known affectionately as the ‘OzIPortal’- constructed from 24 x 30 inch
    LCD screens, For comparision, a standard PC can show about 1-2 million pixels.
    Funding for the OptIPortal has been provided by the Victorian Government ($120,000) and the
    University of Melbourne ($500,000).
    This ultra-resolution OptIPortal visualisation wall - the largest in Australia - enabled scientists, industry
    leaders and politicians in Melbourne to demonstrate cutting-edge medical and environmental research
    to participants in the AALD’s West Coast Leadership Dialogue at the University of California San
    Diego using a novel interactive high-definition television stream over a 1000 megabit/sec (“gigabit/s”)
    super-broadband optical fibre connection.
    Bringing the OptIPortal and gigabit/s super-broadband networking together is the cutting-edge
    expertise of two of the world’s leading telecommunications research units - the University of
    Melbourne School of Engineering’s Centre for Ultra Broadband Information Networks (CUBIN) and the
    California Institute for Telecommunications and Information Technology (Calit2), a UCSD/University of
    California Irvine partnership.
    The link-up was made possible by use of the high-capacity backbone of AARNet, Australia’s
    academic and research network, with a connection to the US West Coast using SXTransPORT on the
    Southern Cross Cable Network to the Calit2 network in San Diego via Pacific Wave and CENIC in the
    U.S.
    In Melbourne, Deputy Prime Minister Gillard and Premier Brumby joined Victorian Opposition Leader
    Ted Baillieu, Federal Minister for Innovation, Industry, Science &amp; Research Senator Kim Carr,
    Media Release
    EMBARGO: 11 am on Wednesday 16 January 2008

    Victorian Minister for Industry &amp; Trade, Information Technology, &amp; Major Projects Theo Theophanous,
    and Qantas Chairman, Leigh Clifford.
    The cross-Pacific discussion included presentations demonstrating the capacity of the OptIPortal by
    leading neuroscientist, Professor Graeme Jackson, and water researcher, Professor John Langford,
    both from the University of Melbourne. Participants in San Diego including Director of the Calit2
    Professor Larry Smarr, Vice Chancellor for Research at UCSD Professor Art Ellis, and Vice-
    Chancellor of the University of Melbourne Professor Glyn Davis, were able to quiz Professor Langford
    and Professor Jackson as if they were in the same room.
    Amanda Johnston, an Executive Director at BigPond co-moderated the discussion in Melbourne with
    Mr Phil Scanlan, founder of the Australian American Leadership Dialogue, in San Diego.
    Unique in Australia, the OptIPortal facility brings together two individual concepts - ultra-resolution
    visualisation walls and high definition video collaboration technologies creating a powerful new tool
    enabling collaborative research across great distances in real time with participants visually exploring
    massive data sets.
    Melbourne Vice-Chancellor Glyn Davis praises the ingenuity of staff in the University’s School of
    Engineering, Calit2 and AARNet which has made the Melbourne OptIPortal a reality. “They have used
    the real time and high definition visualisation of the OptIPortal to build the Melbourne facility. This
    technology is a powerful communication tool which will push new boundaries for higher education and
    research in Australia.”
    Dean of Engineering at Melbourne, Professor Iven Mareels, says, “The ‘real-time’ nature of the
    technology means people on opposite sides of the world can work together on projects in real-time.
    For instance, a surgeon in Australia could direct an emergency surgical intervention by operating a
    robot in Antarctica; scientists in Australia and Japan could share research tools such as the
    Synchrotron, or operate an underwater robot exploring the Great Barrier Reef – all from the comfort of
    an OptIPortal room.”
    Calit2 Director Professor Larry Smarr notes that today’s demonstration marks the entry of Australia
    into the growing OptIPlanet Collaboratory, enabling innovators around the world to work together on
    major data-intensive scientific, medical, and environmental challlenges. “Based on today’s success,
    we will connect other Australian universities together with universities in the United States and around
    the world using these advanced technologies in 2008.”
    “This is a landmark event for Australia-US research communities and represents a quantum leap in
    broadband communications for Australia,” says Chris Han****, CEO of AARNet. “It means research
    teams in areas such as medicine, astronomy, science and technology can now visualise larger, more
    detailed, higher resolution images than ever before. This technology opens up a world of
    opportunities for collaboration across the Pacific and helps to ensure Australia’s place at forefront of
    global collaborative research.”
    Leadership Dialogue founder Phil Scanlan says the key to Australia’s ability to sustain high community
    performance is its capacity and commitment to invest in education, science, technology, human
    capital and related areas of human endeavour that deliver gold medal outcomes.
    The University of Melbourne demonstration marks a major milestone in Australia’s triumph over the
    ‘tyranny of distance’ – from its first overseas telecommunications link in 1872, first overseas airmail in
    1935 and passenger flight, 1935, to its first overseas internet connection – at the University of
    Melbourne - in 1989.

    About the OptIPortal
    With nearly 100 million pixels in view, compared to one or two million pixels for a typical PC screen,
    the Melbourne OzIPortal’s HIPerWall provides amazing ultra-resolution visualisation.
    It was built in collaboration with the OptIPortal team, including experts at the UCSD and UCI
    campuses of Calit2, at the San Diego Supercomputer Center, and at the Electronic Visualisation
    Laboratory at the University of Illinois at Chicago.
    This technology opens exciting news ways of performing research.
    Researchers across the globe will be able to share unique instruments - MRIs, synchrotrons,
    supercomputers, square km radio telescope arrays - and collaborate to interpret, on the spot, complex
    data which could range in origin from the artistic world, gaming and cinematography to leading-edge
    advances in the characterisation of brain function and the human genome.
    The current facility will be expanded in a straightforward and modular way to include other
    collaborators at different sites in Victoria and in other parts of Australia.
    With the OptIPortal, scholars in different locations can appreciate the fine details of a work of art,
    medical scientists can explore a range of images of the brain from different scanning sources all at the
    one time, researchers can explore new materials constructed by computer.
    In a city such as Melbourne, planners can explore, all at once, population density, ethnicity, crime
    patterns, water consumption, social economic factors, etc. Students in schools and universities can
    ‘go on exchange’ with overseas institutions without leaving their classroom. In medicine, it holds the
    promise of providing access to high quality specialised expertise – for health professionals in regional
    Australia or even Antarctica.
    The OptIPortal is connected over AARNet’s transpacific fibre optic network and uses high definition
    video. AARNet has pioneered the global use of high definition television streams since 2004 and now
    adds in the capability of ultra-resolution visualisation.
    The resulting OptIPlanet Collaboratory means we can interact with a remote location just as if it was
    ‘right here’.
    Some statistics
    OptIPortal definition: Combination of a high-definition wall (comprised of 24x30 inch ultra HD
    monitors) powered by 13 Quadcore PCs (which are equivalent to 52 standard desktop PCs)
    The OptIPortal has 100 times more memory than the average desktop PC (104GB)
    The OptIPortal is nearly 50 times higher resolution than the highest resolution HD TV commercially
    available.
    The internet connection (1 Gigabit per second) is about 250 times faster than the standard broadband
    connection offered in metropolitan Melbourne (4mbps)
    Media background

    The software that powers the OptIPortal is capable of magnifying images to a large size and still keep
    full clarity, for instance, a scan of the brain can be shown at to the cellular level and maintain full
    clarity.
    The 'secret sauce' that allows Melbourne's OziPortal to be able to show the stunning images shown
    today is the Cluster-GL for Heterogeneous Systems (CGLX) framework for freely scalable multi-tile
    visualization and synchronization.
    About the University of Melbourne
    The University of Melbourne is Australia’s leading research university, based on a number of
    indicators. The Times Higher Education Supplement recognized Melbourne as Australia’s leading
    university in technology teaching and research. The University - the gateway for Australia’s first
    overseas internet connection in 1989 – is at the forefront of ICT research in Australia through key
    research centres, CUBIN (Centre for Ultra Broadband Information Networks) and NICTA (National ICT
    Australia) .
    About AARNet
    AARNet Pty Ltd (APL) is the company that operates Australia's Academic and Research Network
    (AARNet). It is a not-for-profit company limited by shares. The shareholders are 38 Australian
    universities and the CSIRO. AARNet provides high-capacity leading edge Internet services for the
    tertiary education and research sector communities and their research partners. AARNet serves more
    than one million end users who access the network through local area networks at member
    institutions. For further information, please visit: www.aarnet.edu.au.
    About AALD
    Founded in 1992, the annual bipartisan Australian American Leadership Dialogue alternates between
    Washington DC and a major Australian capital city. In recent years, the Leadership Dialogue has also
    accessed the best institutional infrastructure on the west coast of the USA, in order to engage some of
    their best and brightest about the next phase of nation building in both countries.
    About Calit2
    The California Institute for Telecommunications and Information Technology (www.calit2.net), a
    partnership between UC San Diego and UC Irvine, houses over 1,000 researchers organized around
    more than 50 projects on the future of telecommunications and information technology and how these
    technologies will transform a range of applications important to the economy and citizens' quality of
    life.
    About the OptIPlanet Collaboratory
    Based on the “OptIPuter” research project (www.optiputer.net) funded by the U.S. National Science
    Foundation for six years, 2008 will see the establishment of a persistent global collaboration
    laboratory combining high definition and digital cinema video streams with ultra-resolution
    visualisation facilities, termed the OptIPlanet Collaboratory, connecting many centres for innovation
    around the world.


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    Its already being splashed all over the news and newspapers...

    The Age Newspaper
     
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    Holy crap that's impressive! When can I have a "monitor" that big? [​IMG] LOL! Seriously, that's just a massively impressive effort - would be awesome to use! Have you played with it much? =D


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    *limps off, mortally wounded*
     
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    How much power does that rig consume?
     
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