Facilities

 

3D Interaction Laboratory

Contact: Doug Bowman

URL: https://research.cs.vt.edu/3di/

The 3DI laboratory supports research in 3D user interfaces and interaction techniques, as well as immersive virtual environments. Position tracking is provided in this laboratory by an Intersense IS-900 system. In addition to the tracked input devices provided by this systems, the laboratory also provides advanced input devices such as Pinch Gloves, 5DT data gloves, a chord keyboard, Measurand ShapeTape, a 3D Connexion SpaceBall, and various handheld mice. Display systems include an NVIS SX100 wide field of view high-resoultion head-mounted display, a Virtual Research V8 HMD, and a two-wall rear-projected VisWall system capable of displaying stereoscopic imagery at 2800x1050 pixels. These walls are also reconfigurable and expandable.

 

CHCI Laboratories

Contact: Doug Bowman

URL: http://blacklab.cs.vt.edu

The CHCI maintains a shared infrastructure and equipment inventory that is available to faculty and students associated with the Center, and (on request) to other researchers. The infrastructure includes a large shared laboratory (the "Black Lab" in VT Knowledgeworks II), a Rapid Prototyping Lab, several smaller laboratories or project rooms, and meeting rooms. The equipment inventory includes both large fixed assets, such as the Gigapixel Display and the Optitrack motion capture system, and a wide array of portable items such as tablets, cameras, and eye trackers.

 

HokieSpeed

Contact: Wu Feng

HokieSpeed is a 209 node cpu/gpu cluster housed in Virginia Tech's Advanced Research Computing (ARC) facility. The team that designed and deployed HokieSpeed was led by Dr. Wu Feng of the Department of Computer Science. Each system node contains two 2.40-gigahertz Intel Xeon E5645 6-core CPUs, and two NVIDIA 2050 448-core GPUs, for a total of more than 2,500 CPU cores and more than 185,000 GPU cores. The system has an aggregate 4992 GB of memory and is interconnected with quad data rate (QDR) InfiniBand. It made its debut in November 2011 as the 11th ranked system on the Green500 list.

 

Software Engineering Laboratory

Contact: Osman Balci

(currently in McBryde 128. It is used by faculty members teaching software engineering courses, especially CS4704 software engineering capstone senior project course.

 

System G

Contact: Kirk Cameron

The System G cluster consists of 324 Mac Pros, each with two 4-core 2.8 GHz Intel Xeon processors (for a total of 2592 processor cores) and eight GB of RAM. The system was the first supercomputer running over quad data rate (QDR) InfiniBand (40Gbs) interconnect technology. System G (for "green") also has unique power-aware capabilities, with thousands of power and thermal sensors allowing researchers to design and develop algorithms and systems software that achieve high-performance with modest power requirements, and to test such systems at unprecedented scale. With a sustained (Linpack) performance of 22.8 TFlops, System G is the largest power-aware research system and one of the world's largest clusters dedicated to computer science systems research.