National Center for Supercomputing Applications receives $1.5 million grant

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URBANA - The National Center for Supercomputing Applications has received a National Science Foundation grant worth more than $1 million to be used to bring presentations featuring data visualization to large-screen theaters.

The $1.5 million grant will help the computing center develop "ultra-high resolution" digital museum shows and science documentaries for large-screen theaters.  The money also funds the remaking of those presentations for viewings at museums and planetariums, and will fund nine high-definition documentaries to be distributed through online video services.

According to Advanced Visualization Laboratory director and University of Illinois professor Donna Cox, research teams will use data visualization to demonstrate how integral data and supercomputing are to daily life.

Officials say the first production will be titled "Solar Superstorms," and will feature information about potentially disruptive radiation explosions on the sun.
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