The Westgrid Collaboration and Visualization Facility is located in room 2D71 of the Agriculture Building. It supports the users of the WestGrid HPC consortium at the University of Saskatchewan.
As part of that support, the Coast 2 Coast Seminar Series is presented in this facility. The WestGrid Training Seminars are also presented here. These both use the AccessGrid technology (see below) to link together Compute Canada and WestGrid sites for the seminar presentation.
The main collaboration area features a 5.8m (19 foot) wide screen, covered by 3 high resolution digital projectors. The room has 3 digital cameras, ensuring that presenters and all audience members can be viewed during video conferences. Computer video output is easily incorporated.
The facility provides the LifeSize Room 200 system for high-definition H.323 video conferencing. It is ideal for connecting to two or three remote sites for video and data collaboration.
The WGCVF has the software and hardware to connect to the AccessGrid network to conference with other sites around the globe. Multiple simultaneous connections can be maintained with the AccessGrid system.
The facility incorporates a stereo-optical projection system, the CyViz Viz3D, for visualizing data in three dimensions. Users of the facility have access to several visualization packages, including Avizo and ParaView.
Visualisation of data on the WestGrid visualisation servers is possible as well.
The visualization computer also has a suite of research computing packages, including ArcGIS, Mathematica and MATLAB, in case a user requires numerical processing.
The facility was profiled in an On Campus News article, 13-11-2009.
The facility also hosted showings of the stereo vision (3D) movie by Stefan Scott (Star Phoenix article). 20-04-2010.
For technical queries about the WGCVF, or to book the facility, please email WGCVF room booking. We also have an on-line booking page. Please book well in advance of when you require it, so that our staff can arrange our services to best fit your needs.