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A Scalable Virtual Environment for High-Performance Simulation and Visualization

OpenCOVER, the COVISE Virtual Environment Renderer is a flexible VR system that is tightly integrated into the COVISE visualization system. This allows several users to collaborate in immersive virtual environments to perform simulation analysis.

OpenCOVER, together with COVISE, forms the basis for a virtual prototyping concept in which the geometry, as well as the behaviour of virtual and hybrid prototypes, can be studied and modified interactively. Engineers can thus access future products much easier and judge them in a more comprehensive way. This reduces development times and increases reliability.

The development of OpenCOVER was initiated at the German Collaborative Research Center “Rapid Prototyping”. OpenCOVER has been developed further by several activities such as the G7 project GWAAT together with Sandia National Laboratories.

OpenCOVER runs on all projection-based systems such as the CAVE (TM), Responsive Workbench (TM) and Immersdesk (TM). OpenCOVER supports all major tracking systems.

With augmented reality techniques, virtual objects can overlay real scenes. This allows the creation of Hybrid Prototypes where e.g. simulation results can be displayed directly on a physical prototype.

Thus, simulation results can be compared to experiments and physical properties of prototypes such as the look or haptics can be evaluated together with simulation results.

The VRML97 interface allows collaborative viewing and interaction with virtual worlds coming from CAD or modeling/animation systems without manual modification of the datasets.

Special VRML extensions like AR-sensors, multitexturing, environment/cube mapping permit high quality design and architecture presentations.

OpenCOVER is a comprehensive system that comprises support for collaborative VR, augmented reality, tangible interfaces, full VRML97 support, volume rendering and cluster support.


Dr. Uwe Wössner
Höchstleistungsrechenzentrum Universität Stuttgart
Nobelstraße 19, 70569 Stuttgart, Germany
Phone: +49-711-685-65790 and +49-711-685-65970
Fax: +49-711-68587209