SDSC/Calit2 Synthesis Center Solicits Early Adopters to Use Facility

5.03.2005 -- Despite the increasing ubiquity of remote collaboration tools and technologies, scientific progress often still depends on face-to-face collaborations. To provide state-of-the-art cyberinfrastructure tools to facilitate the work of multidisciplinary teams of researchers, the SDSC/Calit2 Synthesis Center has been established. Its organizers seek early users of the facility, including Calit2 faculty, postdocs, and students, and representatives from industry.

Viewers seeing stereo
Visitors seeing

The brainchild of its executive director, Chaitan Baru, and funded by the National Science Foundation, it has been designed to foster multidisciplinary scientific discovery and creative thinking. The space consists of a large meeting space with a host of display devices and a private conference room with a high-resolution projection system.

At the heart of the facility is a 3x1 tiled display, measuring 26′×5′ (8m×1.5m). This display is illuminated by a ceiling-mounted row of three projectors, each at the maximum HDTV resolution of 1920×1080 pixels, for a total display area resolution of 5760×1080.

Next to the tiled display is a stereo display measuring 6¼′×5′ (2m×1.5m) and illuminated by two projectors for concentrically-polarized passive-stereo operation. Concentric polarization to achieve the stereo effect was chosen over linear polarization systems for its superior luminance-preserving characteristic. It can also be used as an additional mono display device.

The facility includes a large meeting space and smaller conference room next door. Since the wall that separates them is made of glass, but has operable blinds, the conference room can serve as a private area for a small group or as augmentation to the public meeting space. As with the tiled display, its projector is high-resolution at 1920×1080 pixels.

Meeting room
Meeting room

The facility also has two 42″ diagonal LCD displays for smaller-group presentations useful for breakout sessions or augmentation of other presentation(s).

The space is currently located at SDSC, but plans call for it to move into the new Calit2 building at UCSD late this coming summer.

The SynCen will be dedicated at SDSC Monday, May 23, 11:00 am-1:00 pm.

For technical specifications and to reserve the facility, see or contact managing director Linda Ferri at