Desktop visualisation from IBM

An integrated deep computing visualisation solution revolutionises business for oil and gas companies.

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By  Sarah Gain Published  February 21, 2005

IBM has unveiled its new deep computing visualisation (DCV) technology at the Energy Competency Centre located at the Higher Colleges of Technology’s Centre of Excellence for Applied Research and Training in the city of Abu Dhabi. The move reaffirms IBM’s commitment to providing unparalleled high-performance computing solutions that consistently drive global innovations in decision support and research. Based on open standards, IBM’s new DCV technology provides a low-cost, high performance solution that leverages the newest workstation technology, coupled with software that improves both performance and function. This latest technology is part of IBM’s growing list of new supercomputing solutions, which includes the new e-server p575 system. The DCV enhances the graphical user interface and enables remote access to various software applications in a variety of disciplines. It provides a scalable middleware infrastructure to support and enhance the graphics function of OpenGL software applications on IntelliStation A Pro or Z Pro workstations running on the Linux operating system. High-end graphical images can be viewed in two visualisation modes – scalable visual networking (SVN) to increase resolution and image size; and remote visual networking (RVN) to allow remote use of the application. These modes enable more accurate decisions to be made on the analysis of complex data. Specifically, SVN allows for larger size and higher resolution images, including immersive environments. RVN allows for distance collaboration over low bandwidth networks. “The announcement helps to solidify IBM’s continued commitment to service the world’s leading organisations with what we think is the best high performance computing technology in the industry,” says Dave Turek, vice president of deep computing at IBM. “We realise that customers were only being offered proprietary visualisation technology, which could cost customers a lot of time and money. Our DCV technology now introduces an off-the-shelf solution which is designed to reduce cost, improve functionality and provide remote collaboration capability for customers.” IBM’s DCV comprises a core piece of middleware that allows customers to work with off-the-shelf hardware, unlike existing solutions and this can significantly reduce a customer’s bottom line. With DCV customers can replace aging, lower functioning systems. “Intel and IBM share a goal of bringing affordable visualisation solutions to the desktop,” says John Davies, Intel solutions group’s vice president and general manager. “IBM workstations built on the Intel Xeon processor family and the Intel Integrated Performance Primitives help enable high performance and affordable solutions which play a key role in accelerating time to quality decisions across geographies and enterprises.”

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