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Luxor/Thebes image courtesy of California Institute for Telecommunications and Information Technology (Calit2) at University of California San Diego and Electronic Visualization Laboratory (EVL), University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC), with permission. Special thanks to Tom DeFanti, Greg Wickham, Adel Saad, Dick Ainsworth, Dan Sandin, and Andrew Prudhomme.   Photo by Philip Chan, Monash University

The Monash Immersive Visualisation Platform's major facility is the Monash CAVE2TM.

The Monash CAVE2 provides a world-leading capability for the display and interactive exploration of rich and large scientific and engineering datasets. It is needed by research scientists and engineers to visualise, manipulate and comprehend data such as engineering models, multi-dimensional images across the size scale from nanoscopic to cosmic, and the outputs of scientific, computational and engineering simulations across the physical and life sciences.

The Monash CAVE2 also provides a compelling visual and aural environment for exploring the integration of art and science, for example rendering and interacting with generative systems, multi-dimensional fractals, synthetic landsapes and more.

Download the CAVE2 Brochure (PDF) here.

Core specifications:

Display & audio

20 columns by 4 rows of Planar Matrix LX46L 3D LCD panels, each of 1366 x 768 resolution and 46" diagonal

Curved display, radius of curvature approx. 3.7m, display field 330o.

Stereoscopic mode: micro-polarizing filter coupled with lightweight passive glasses

22.2 channel 3D surround sound system

THX-certified 7.2 channel receiver


14-camera 6 degrees-of-freedom tracking system (head tracking)

Tracked Apex controller

Off-the-shelf bluetooth orientation-aware controllers

Web-based CAVE2 operation console

Image generator cluster

20-node cluster, each node dual 8-core CPUs, 192GB RAM, and dual 1536-core K5000 graphics cards

10Gb network fabric

Local fast storage server