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VISTA Collaboratory

Construction of a 1,000-square-foot visualization lab called the VISTA Collaboratory was completed in June 2014. It is equipped with an interactive, tiled-display wall that renders massive data sets in real time, giving faculty researchers the ability to visualize and analyze complex data instantaneously and collaboratively with colleagues and students.

At 20 feet wide and 8 feet tall—consisting of 24 displays arranged in a curved 4 x 6 matrix—the display wall creates an immersive experience. Both static and dynamic visual content are clear and crisp at 50-megapixel resolution, driven by a clustered GPU rendering system.

The VISTA Collaboratory is located on the first floor of Carlson Library on River Campus.

Using the Lab

The Center for Integrated Research Computing (CIRC) provides technical support for the VISTA Collaboratory. To request use of the lab, or for technical questions or assistance, contact the CIRC at

More information on how to display high-resolution data and lay out presentations for use on the display wall is available on the CIRC's wiki.

How It Works

The VISTA Collaboratory is directly connected to the supercomputers in the Research Data Center over a dedicated 10 GB optical network. It interacts with the Research Data Center like a desktop computer system, but on a much larger scale.

VISTA Collaboratory and Research Data Center diagram