The HPC/V provides scientists with state-of-the-art computational facilities, such as supercomputers and compute clusters, for solving large-scale computational problems such as chemical or astronomical simulations.
The Virtual Reality facilities at the Reality Centre allow the visualization of simulation results, as well as performing other types of simulation such as logistics, driving behaviour or psychological experiments.
This 3D visualization shows the output of a simulation of a piece of metal, in which microfracture has occurred as a result of a pulling force.
Observing the fracture process in 3D, for example in the Reality Cube, allows researchers to better understand the physical processes involved and helps them design better materials. »
The Phileas is a new public road transport system which can be operated in the traditional mode of steering by hand, but also in a fully automatic mode, using magnetic markers hidden in the road. Using a driving simulator in the Reality Theatre, the ergonomic and safety aspects of this vehicle were investigated, specifically for dangerous situations while driving in automatic mode. »
Researcher John Dubinski uses supercomputers to simulate colliding galaxies. In these large-scale simulations, gravitational forces between more than 300 million stars are calculated. Even on a 512-cpu cluster, this simulation takes about 10 days. A subset of the simulation results can be played back in the Reality Cube, where seeing it in 'real' 3D provides much better insight into the evolving structure of a galaxy collision than watching it on a regular screen. »
Radio Holland has an application that determines a ship's location using only a few seconds of radio communication. The Centre for High Performance Computing and Visualisation created an interactive application that produces a map with the expected accuracy using the position of two or more antennas. »
The pharmacy in Tuindorp Oostzaan (near Amsterdam) was another case study in the FArMa project. After an interactive design session in the Reality Theatre, the employees who had to move to the new building had a much better idea of their future work situation. More importantly, some critical improvements were made to the design that would have been very expensive if they had had to be made when the building was complete. »
The MolDRIVE system lets researchers interactively control a molecular dynamics (MD) simulation, by applying forces to atoms. This creates a virtual laboratory in the Reality Cube, where researchers can experiment with the chemical system and gain a better understanding of it. »
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