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Texas launches 600 million-pixel Stallion screen.

Published: 2023-01-24

The Texas Advanced Computing Center (TACC) has launched a Stallion modular screen with a resolution of 46,080 × 12,960 pixels, or almost 600 megapixels. It is used to visualize scientific data, and this in itself requires impressive computing resources.

Stallion is not a monolithic panel, but an array of 18 Samsung QLED TVs, each 65 inches diagonal and 8K resolution. The TVs were arranged in three horizontal rows of six each, resulting in an array approximately 8.5 meters wide and 2.4 meters high. The TACC scientists explained that the high-resolution, high-brightness screen will help them see details not available with other modern equipment. For example, this is a visualization of data obtained by the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) or working with a virtual model of the ancient Cambodian metropolis of Angkor, as it supposedly was around 1300 BC.

The Stallion display array is not the first such experience of TACC. Previously, scientists combined 80 30-inch monitors in a 16 × 5 structure, but the total resolution was 328 megapixels compared to the current 597. In addition, the first generation screen was capable of displaying only a single image, and the new iteration allows you to split the visual space into zones.

For data processing, a cluster was connected to the new modular screen, which includes 36 Intel processors of the Sandy Bridge family (the same ones that came out in early 2011) and the same number of NVIDIA Quadro K5000 video cards. In total, the system has collected 232 CPU cores, 19 TB of disk space, 1.28 TB of general purpose memory and 74 GB of graphics memory.