The Department "Map Room" consists of 16 computers driving 28 20" displays. Computers are Dual CPU with 2GB of RAM. Most boot into linux, but all can be booted into either Windows or Linux. 21 displays are on one wall, where the majority of weather data is displayed. Some displays show more or less fixed products. Others are used to display something of interest that day. All displays are fully customizable and can be configured to show several different things in different windows if desired.
7 computers on the other wall have single screen displays for maximum performance, and are generally used by one or two people each who want to look at something not currently being displayed on the other wall. All computers have access to a number of real time and historical weather display software packages (basically everything that is available for research and teaching anywhere in the department is also available in the Display Room).
Smart screen displays on the podium allow the presentation leader to add annotation to either or both projected images. A touch sensitive crestron control unit simplifies which computer display is shown where. The presentation leader just clicks on the computer screen they want displayed, then points to where they want it displayed (either on one of the two projectors, or smart screens, or both). This allows everybody at a computer to contribute to the discussion by generating graphics which can then be displayed to the entire room on one of the projectors. An additional computer is inside the teacher podium (using either of the smart screens for a display) to allow the instructor to generate graphics or show a presentation if desired.
Sophisticated video switching hardware allows any of the displays in the room to be projected on one of two projectors. Up to four computer displays can be shown on a projector by means of two quad display multiplexors.
Any computer (or up to four of them) can be displayed on either of the touch sensitive "smart" screens on the instructors podium, where they can be marked up to highlight an area of particular interest. Anotated images can be saved to a central server computer for later use if desired.
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