On May 19/20 the RTT Excite event took place in Munich at the „Haus der Kunst“, a famous exhibition building and the perfect location for a visualization event. Over 700 visitors including the who’s who of the international 3D visualization scene came to the 2-day event. An exciting blend of expert talks, leading-edge software demos, and cool examples of real-world applications from design, development, sales & marketing and and the new “future lab” attracted 25% more visitors than last year.
Since Fujitsu was the premium sponsor of the event, CELSIUS workstations were everywhere and were clearly up to the task more of hosting the visually exciting RTT 3D solutions. Attendees also had the chance to see the RTT Powerhouse and Picturebook apps running live in a Fujitsu Cloud environment giving them a great opportunity to learn more about Fujitsu and its products.
Our booth showcased a live demo of the new 15-inch CELSIUS H710 mobile workstation in combination with the new STYLISTIC Q550 professional slate PC, a real eye-catcherby the way! The STYLISTIC used a WiFi connection to remotely control the Audi car configurator which was running on the CELSIUS H710.
The famous RTT Ferrari car configurator made for an impressive demo on our CELSIUS H910, a 17-inch workstation notebook with high-end graphics. Live and rendered in real-time of course.
The brand new CELSIUS W510 rendered 3D Stereo content for a prototype of the P23T-6 FPR3D display, a new generation professional 3D display.
The power and flexibility of the Fujitsu cloud offerings were presented live on an internet connected LIFEBOOK T580. This solution harnesses the impressive graphic power of Fujitsu’s CELSIUS workstations combined with standard Infrastructureas a Service components like virtual servers and storage. The extensive rendering and CPU power in this solution comes directly from of Fujitsu’s datacenter and can be utilized by virtually all mobile devices with a browser.
To substantiate our IaaS offering and make it more tangible, André Kiehne (Vice President Cloud Business) and Peter Röhner from RTT combined forces for an expert talk giving attendees a great overview of the real-world advantages of cloud computing and visualization.
RTT Excite gave us the opportunity to get in contact with 3D experts, have interesting discussions and to get an overview of what´s new in 3D visualization.
As you might have seen in my earlier posts, I am addicted to 360 degree panorama photography. Shortly before the event started, I took my camera and shot a virtual tour of the event location with all the showcases of the RTT Excite 2011…
>> Link to the virtual tour: http://blog.ts.fujitsu.com/virtualtours/rttexcite2011/
In March 2011, I received an email from Jeffrey Martin asking for the fastest available computer to create a 20 gigapixel panorama of the FA Cup Final 2011 at the Wembley Stadium.
His plan was to shoot a 360 degree panorama of 1000 individual photographs with a digital SLR camera and bring it online the NEXT DAY!
What does that mean? Stitching 1000 images together and blending them into a single image is very extreme anyway. But running this task in just a view hours is nearly impossible, if you can not keep the
whole dataset in memory. Beside multiple CPU cores, RAM is the key, the more the better.
We were thrilled by Jeffrey´s idea and immediately committed our support. The Monster, this is how we (internally) call our CELSIUS R670 Workstation with 192 gigabytes of RAM and 24 CPU cores
was the perfect choice for this job. We used it for the 80 gigapixel worldrecord panoramic photo of London. It is equipped with 12x 16 gigabyte RAM modules. 16GB RAM modules are currently the biggest you can get.
For the upcoming event, we upgraded the machine to the latest 3,46Ghz Intel XEON X5690 CPUs, currently the fastest six core processors on the market. To maximize the transfer rate, we added a 6Gbit/s RAID controller and two high speed SSDs to the configuration. The SSDs are working in a RAID 0 stripe set. This gives us the best performance for temporary application data files. You have to know, that during the stitching, the software need to read and write thousands of small temporary files. On a regular hard disk setup, this will slow down everything and the CPU utilization will never go to the maximum.
The Monster was prepared for the fastest gigapixel stitching ever. Solid state disks rock!
Directly after the football game, Jeffrey loaded 1147 raw images (20GB total size) onto the Monster and started processing. Converting the raw images to jpg used all CPU cores but not all RAM.
Stitching used all CPU cores 100%, but not all RAM (cool!). Blending used not all CPU cores but all RAM. After only 2 hours, the final image, a 80 GB Photoshop file was written to the SSD Raid.
Opening the final image used nearly all the RAM. Puh! Just to give you an idea how big the file is, a 10 Megapixel Camera JPG file is 3888 x 2592 pixels, the 20 Gigapixel Wembley panorama is 200000 x 100000 pixels.
Here is a picture of Jeffrey in front of the Monster. It was taken shortly after the panorama went online on sunday morning.
Check out the video on Facebook here
See the 90,000 fans in one single images: http://wembley360.wembleystadium.com/
Thanks to Jeffrey Martin for another stunning peace of panoramic photography!
John Lagonikas is the winner of 360Cities’ second treasure hunt in the London 80 Gigapixel image. He was one of thousands of people who hunted for clues that we released via our blog and facebook over a period of a week. Some of the clues were easy, and some of them were really difficult. Congratulations to John for finding all the clues, and being the first one to send in the correct answers. He has won a top-of-the-line Fujitsu 27″ IPS-panel monitor for his efforts.
For those who missed it, here is the London 80 Gigapixel world record panorama in its full glory.
Here at VISIT 2010 you can have a look at a 360-degree panoramic photography from Jeffery Martin. The images you see of London are spherical panoramas. They are made from multiple photos that cover every direction from a single viewpoint. These photos were taken at nearly the same time, and joined (stitched) together with great precision.
This all runs on a CELSIUS Workstation. Have a look at it here:
Thank you Marcus for the demo….
Currentliy I am preparing a triple monitor setup for displaying high resolution images at Visit2010.
Using three of the new Fujitsu P27T-6 IPS displays is great fun. It gives me a total resolution of 4750×2560 pixels.
See this short videoclip:
See you at VISIT,