My latest piece for ScientificAmerican.com describes the Allosphere, a virtual reality environment at UCSB that turns huge data sets into immersive visual and audio experiences.
Housed in a 5,760-square-meter space in the California NanoSystems Institute building, the AlloSphere is essentially a house-size digital microscope powered by a supercomputer.
The half-seriously call it their "Holodeck." It's open the public every so often.
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