Microscopy Distributed Laboratory Demonstrator 2007

The Microscopy Distributed Laboratory Demonstrator provides a total collaboration solution for electron microscopy. This project harnesses the expertise of leading researchers in tele-instrumentation, cyberinfrastructure development, optical/lambda networking, advanced visualization, and microscopy. Specifically, the project extends the OptIPuter research conducted between University of California, San Diego (UCSD) and University of Illinois at Chicago, to Oxford University. The benefits of internationally connected lambdas, Microsoft-enabled visualization systems, and Microsoft Windows clusters are utilized in the context of a fully integrated infrastructure for the shared use of unique imaging instruments coupled to processing workflows for the 3D characterization of connections in the brain and advanced materials.

Specifically, two of the world’s most advanced electron microscopes, one at UCSD and one at Oxford, are featured. These instruments represent the state of the art in intermediate voltage- and aberration-corrected geometries for Transmission Electron Microscopy. Hence, the shared use of these resources represents a unique opportunity to link biological and materials science technical expertise across two leading resources.

For SC07, UCSD’s National Center for Microscopy and Imaging Research (NCMIR) and Oxford University demonstrated the Distributed Microscopy Laboratory system. The two groups linked resources in San Diego, Oxford and SC07/ Reno to enable data sharing and the use of Telescience tools for collaborative work.

The two groups developed and deployed Microsoft-enabled software solutions to control complex functions of atomic-resolution imaging instruments, computing clusters, storage systems, and SAGE-driven tiled display walls. Demonstrated were shared views of the complexities of the nervous system and of complex nanomaterials. For this project, the OptIPuter/SAGE 2.0 software was ported to Windows XP and two Windows XP-based prototype OptIPortals were built. Other SAGE-based visualization software ported to this environment included VLC (for video streaming), MagicCarpet, Remote Desktop Viewer and LambdaCam.

This research uses CAVEwave between San Diego and Chicago, and then goes over UKLight from Chicago (StarLight) to Oxford University.)




National Center for Microscopy Imaging Research, University of California, San Diego
Center for Research in Biological Systems, University of California, San Diego
Calit2, University of California, San Diego

Materials Research Center at Begbroke, Oxford University
Oxford e-Research Centre