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The laboratory operates a series of environments that facilitate data exploration and collaboration. The equipment we offer forms an efficient and flexible software/hardware infrastructure for all our users and scientists. It is also fully integrated and coordinated with KAUST’s high performance computing ecosystem, making it possible to develop seamless scientific workflows across multiple Core Labs.
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The showcase room is our data analytics suite. It is a versatile space for scientific exploration of large, complex datasets. The showcase room includes two large display walls capable of displaying data from multiple sources simultaneously, enabling research meetings that focus on understanding data correlations and performing queries to gain insight into datasets. It also includes a semi-immersive 3D virtual reality environment that can be used to visualize particularly complex datasets while performing analytics enquiries using the display walls.
The multipurpose auditorium is a theater-like presentation space with a capacity of 70 people. Capable of recording events and even live-streaming online courses, the systems in the room support regular presentation needs as well as stereoscopic presentations from 3D interactive applications or movies. The room can also be configured for displaying 4K resolution content. Its acoustic design and audio systems are one of the best in the region, making the space a particularly effective presentation venue.
The Cornea Cave is a fully-immersive virtual reality facility, a 6-sided cave environment, boasting a 24-channel immersive audio system and 16 Mpixels resolution per wall per eye, making it one of the highest resolution VR environments in the world. Visualization and simulation software can be used in this facility, allowing users to navigate and explore their data in a mode that inspires new ideas and new questions to advance research.
The Vis Cubes is the second largest VR facility in the laboratory. It is a semi-immersive virtual reality environment featuring a 7x3 arrangement of stereo HD panels in a semi-circle configuration. As opposed to Cornea, it is possible to divide the system into a mixed 2D and 3D facility. This feature makes the Vis Cubes an ideal tool to explore complex datasets while analyzing other relevant information to search for interesting correlations and data connections.
Head-mounted displays have been used in virtual reality (VR) since the 1960s. However, new consumer systems have surged in popularity in academia due to powerful and easy-to-use technology that allows scientists to use VR with minimal training and stunning results. The laboratory has a number of units supported by powerful workstations, that can be used to experiment with this immersive way of looking at scientific data.
The Nex Cave is a powerful system to demonstrate VR projects and showcase them for collaborators and visitors. It is a 7x3 arrangement of stereo LCD screens on a semi-spherical configuration that ensures alignment with the user's point of view in the center.The Nex Cave is an experimental and revolutionary design by Prof. Tom DeFanti, from UCSD. It has been a central piece of our Showcase room since KAUST's creation and is now on its second incarnation.
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