James Oliver, the director of Iowa State's Virtual Reality Applications Center

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Web Services Journal, NJ

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MARSHALLTOWN, IA
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(MARKET WIRE)
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04/10/07
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Mechdyne
Corporation and Iowa State University are making final preparations for the
grand opening of the most impressive virtual reality environment in the
world; the 100
million pixel, six
-
sided C6 at the Virtual Reality Applications
Center (VRAC). The public is invited to attend the April 26 opening as part
of the Emerging Technologies Conference at the University from April 25
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27.

The design of the new C6, developed b
y Mechdyne's Fakespace display
division, will create the most detailed, realistic virtual imagery ever. The
system's 100 million pixels is more than 16 times the resolution of typical
immersive rooms and is more than double the resolution of the current
wo
rld record holder, a 43 million pixel, five
-
sided room also installed by
Mechdyne in 2005. VRAC's applications, including genetic research,
engineering design reviews, virtual battlespace simulations and atomic
microscope image analysis, are all expected t
o benefit from this new level of
insight.

"The C6 is an invaluable tool for design and research projects," said
James
Oliver, the director of Iowa State's Virtual Reality Applications Center

and a professor of mechanical engineering. "When Mechdyne demons
trated
they could achieve this incredible resolution, we immediately saw the
potential for significant gains in information discovery, creativity and
knowledge through having more data available at one time."

The C6's six projected sides surround users, p
lacing them inside 3D models
or virtual worlds to create a sense of presence within the virtual space.
Mechdyne designed the C6 using state
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of
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the
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art Sony SXRD 4096 x 2160
resolution projectors, not only for the resolution but for the stunning picture
qua
lity and brightness that will enhance image realism.

The 96 channel graphics cluster generating the C6 imagery is the world's
largest graphics cluster for virtual reality applications. Mechdyne's
computing and software division, VRCO Inc., specified and c
onfigured the
48 node cluster to drive the 24 projectors in the system at their full native
resolution. The cluster is located in a climate controlled environment next to
the C6 and is connected via fiber optic connections.

"To meet our customers' request
s for higher resolution, we have developed
and refined the means to scale computing and displays to the 100 million
pixels of the C6 and beyond," said Chris Clover, President and Chief
Executive Officer of Mechdyne Corporation. "We are pleased to have Iowa

State at the top of our list of world leading advanced visualization systems.
Their work will demonstrate how resolution can improve results and
generate real return on investment."

More information on the Emerging Technologies Conference and how to
regi
ster for public tours of the C6 is available at
www.vrac.iastate.edu/etc2007.