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Origins: From paperweight to supercomputer

Is it a paperweight, a light dimmer, a patio heater, or a High Performance Computing Centre?
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Current work: Point Cloud Reconstruction Project

The primary objective of the project was to lower a point clouds resolution, while keeping certain specified objects within that point cloud in high resolution.
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Future Directions: Mapping the Universe Project

The Sloan Deep Sky Survey (SDSS) is an astrophysics project in its tenth year, which has the goal of mapping the observable universe. In July 2012, the project team released 60 terabytes of scientific data into the public domain, allowing anyone to download their photographic observations and measurements of 2.2 million stars and galaxies.

Using the data this team has collected, it should be possible to create a virtual 3D space in which to accurately plot the relative positions of these stars and galaxies and ‘fly through the universe’. To achieve this goal, the parallel processing capabilities of the School of IT’s Blade Centre will be used for real-time rendering.
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