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UCSD Site Report to the IAB. Sheldon Brown Site Director. June 12 2013 UMBC. Overview. Next Generation Digital Media Existing Projects Client Server Systems for Next Gen Media – Virbela and User Analytics Future Cinema - Hybrid Multicore Systems for new forms of Cinema

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ucsd site report to the iab

UCSD Site Report to the IAB

Sheldon Brown

Site Director

June 12 2013



Next Generation Digital Media

Existing Projects

  • Client Server Systems for Next Gen Media – Virbela and User Analytics
  • Future Cinema - Hybrid Multicore Systems for new forms of Cinema
  • The Arthur C. Clarke Center for Human Imagination
    • Inaugural events, Partnership Recruitment, Imaginarium
  • Open CL Physics

New Projects

  • Analyzing HPC tools for Robustness
  • Behavior of Virtual World Entities: Digenomics


Sheldon Brown, Site Director

Erik Hill, Lead Software Engineer

David Firestein, Programmer Analyst

Alex Howland, Project Manager

Vikki DeVries, Administrator

PardisMiri, Grad Student, CS

Gina Chen, Undergrad

KittinanPonkaew, Undergrad, CS

Kiyofumi J Tokunaga, Undergrad, Environmental Engineering

Joey Ly, Undergrad, CS

Wes Hawkins, Undergrad, ICAM

Alexander Pakzad, Undergrad, ICAM

Affiliated Faculty, David Kirsh, Cog Sci, Erik Viire, Neurosciences, Todd Coleman, Bio-engineering, Brian Keating, Physics, Scott Makeig, Neurorscience, AyseSaygin, Cog Sci.



  • 215,000 gross square feet
  • Clean room including:
  • Circuits laboratory
  • Optical networking laboratory
  • Rooftop "antenna garden"
  • New Media Arts research labs:
  • 200-seat auditorium
  • Gallery, Black Box,
  • High Def production, motion capture,
  • Gamelab, spatialized audio, virtual
  • reality, 3D fabrication
ucsd facilities
UCSD Facilities
  • IBM z10 mainframe with the San Diego Supercomputer Center
  • 4 Blade QS20 Cell Cluster, QS22 Blade
  • 4 Dual Xeon Blades
  • 4 CPU Xeon Server
  • SDSC Storage Array
  • nVidia Fermi
  • Experimental Game Lab - quad core PC's - Nvidia580 and Quadro 5400
  • 16 sided StarCAVE (immersive VR stereo surround environment)
  • 300 Megapixel tiled display wall
  • 55 screen tiled 3D Varrier screen display.
  • 4K cinema technology - Sony SXRD Projector, JVC 4K projection, Zaxel
  • 4K servers, JPEG2000 encoder/decoder, 10gb network streams, Prototype 4K and stereo display panel prototypes
  • Spatialized Audio Research Lab - 26 Channel 3D sound lab
  • Motion Capture/Computer Vision Research Lab - 24 channel VICON motion

capture system, 3D laser scanning, structured light, multi-channel video.

  • VR Development Lab - variety of interfaces and display types
  • Optiputernetwork environment - Global Lambda Infrastructure
  • 3D Fabrication Lab - rapid prototyping and CNC machining tools

Products and Activities since last meeting.

  • Virtual World Exhibitions
  • May 3rd to June 30th : Krasnoyarsk Museum Center, Krasnoyarsk, Russia
  • July 18th to September 8th: Multimedia Art Museum, Moscow, Russia
  • December 19th to February 16th 2014: Champs-Libres, Rennes, France
  • Conferences Panels Lectures
  • Diagnosing Unbounded Heap Growth in C++ Software. 2012,  IEEE International Conference on Software Testing, Verification and Validation. Luxembourg
  • Launch events for Clarke Center –
    • Kavli Seminar Series
    • Future Visions
    • Literary Imagination
    • Starship Century
    • Neuroscience of Art
  • Papers:
  • LaFayette, C., Rikakis, T. , Cox, D., Nadarajan, G., Strohecker, C., Jennings, P., Wardrip-Fruin, N., Malina,
  • R., Brown, S., Gibb, A. 2013. SEAD: Network for Sciences, Engineering, Arts and Design. Leonardo Journal.
  • 46:2.
  • Upcoming: What If? How we might create new knowledge in our new world of possibilities.
  • Lemelson Center for the Study of Invention and Innovation , Smithsonian Institution

Website: http://chmpr.ucsd.edu


Display output is highly malleable, as demonstrated by ongoing exhibitions of underlying system for the Scalable City. From multi user desktops, to multiscreen immersive displays

Zacheta Gallery – Warsaw

E3 – Los Angeles

Ars Electronica –Austria

India International Center – New Delhi

Museum of Contemporary Art - Shanghai

National Academy of Science, Wash. DC

Siggraph 2007

Exploratorium – San Francisco

Supercomputing 2007

FILE, Sao Paulo, Brazil

Los Angeles Barnsdall Art GalleryGallery@calit2

Beall Center for Art and Technology

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Keio University

3D Media Film Festival, Belgium

SPIE Festival San Jose, CA

CES, Las Vegas

Supercomputing 2009

LA Freewaves, LA CA

Real Fake Exhibit, CSU Sacramento

New This Year:

Maisond’allieurs, Switzerland

Dutch Film Festival

 Krasnoyarsk Museum Center, Russia

Multimedia Art Museum, Moscow

Champs-Libres, Rennes, France


Existing Sponsors:

  • IBM provide dues and in-kind
  • Lexis Nexus – In kind membership
  • Digenomics – dues paying

Discussions with new members:

  • Arthur C. Clarke Center for Human Imagination is cultivating founding corporate sponsors. Major partner in final stage discussions
  • Ip.com – still possible member
  • Sony –Provided $130K of equipment in the past 6 months.
  • Virbela virtual world project developed with grant from GMAC to Rady Business school