Ultra-high-resolution wall displays feature a very high pixel density over a large physical surface, which makes them well-suited to the collaborative, exploratory visualization of large datasets. We introduce FITS-OW, an application designed for such wall displays, that enables astronomers to navigate in large collections of FITS images, query astronomical databases, and display detailed, complementary data and documents about multiple sources simultaneously. We describe how astronomers interact with their data using both the wall’s touchsensitive surface and handheld devices. We also report on the technical challenges we addressed in terms of distributed graphics rendering and data sharing over the computer clusters that drive wall displays.
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Emmanuel Pietriga ; Fernando del Campo ; Amanda Ibsen ; Romain Primet ; Caroline Appert, et al.
Exploratory visualization of astronomical data on ultra-high-resolution wall displays
", Proc. SPIE 9913, Software and Cyberinfrastructure for Astronomy IV, 99130W (July 26, 2016); doi:10.1117/12.2231191; http://dx.doi.org/10.1117/12.2231191