Advanced Design of Complex Systems Using the Collaborative Visualization Environment (CoVE)
Mavris, Dimitri N.
Biltgen, Patrick Thomas
Weston, Neil R.
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This paper summarizes and introduces the Collaborative Visualization Environment (CoVE) at the Aerospace Systems Design Laboratory (ASDL)at Georgia Tech. The CoVE is an advanced visualization facility consisting of an 18 ft x 10 ft display wall for high-resolution real-time visualization in support of collaborative design activities. Incorporating the latest advances in computing technology and graphics processing, the CoVE allows for the simultaneous display of a large amount of information and manages this information in a way that facilitates increased awareness of the design. Tools and techniques developed at ASDL not only increase the speed and fidelity of the design process but also allow for increased transparency of this process. For the first time, a sensitivity matrix with over sixty independent and dependent variables can be visualized simultaneously. This is in contrast to a typical display system where only about 15% of the information associated with a problem can be simultaneously visualized. Since the CoVE was first activated in January 2004, it has been used by hundreds of engineers, technologists and decision makers from industry and government including General Electric, Pratt & Whitney, Raytheon, Boeing, Lockheed Martin, Rolls-Royce, NAVAIR, the Navy Labs, and NASA to name a few. Over 120 graduate students and 20 research engineers have utilized this advanced facility to demonstrate design tools and methods for a wide variety of unconventional, multi-mission systems. In 2005, the CoVE will be upgraded to include high-fidelity physics-based computing capability supported by Dell® high performance computing clusters. This technology will enable greater design space exploration and the analysis of technologies for large scale systems-of-systems.