DREAMSLab Center (Dedicated Research Environment for Advanced Modeling and Simulations), directed by Prof. Barone, has a large scientific team composed by more than 30 people, between researchers, PhDs and post-docs. The laboratory provides a set of very large scientific and technological expertises in the field of theoretical and computational chemistry and a Virtual Reality group, working on the production and fruition of scientific and humanistic contents. The research activity is based on the development of a general-purpose architecture that can be used in different domains for capture, storage, search, sharing, analysis, preservation and visualization of heterogeneous sets of contents. There are two strongly interconnected groups, working together: Dreams3D, for the Immersive Virtual Reality systems, and HPC, for computational chemistry and high performing computing.
The main objective of the HPC group is to extend traditional disciplinary boundaries in Computational Science by means of new technological [Hardware/Software] templates through which walking down the NanoWorld among innovative numerical solutions, code development activities and accurate experimental observations taken as reference condition. The infrastructure includes machines with heterogeneous capabilities. It is composed of an access-point which acts as a gateway and job submitter. The computational cluster is composed of a total of 115 computational nodes and has a total of 3120 CPUs, 5.4 TB of RAM and 96 TB of storage. Finally, with its large number of cores associated to large memory and storage capacities, a single-node cluster offers a versatile platform to deal with heterogeneous tasks, in particular disk-intensive ones.
Dreams3D does research in the visualization of scientific data in different fields, from Cultural heritage to Chemistry, from Surgery to Mechanics, from Rehabilitation to Restoration, working with big data and powerful simulations, driven by the HPC center. The group has an immersive VR system that is a CAVE-like system 3x3x3 m3, with three retro projected walls plus the floor, and it allows 3D immersive applications and data visualization. Other system used for research projects are an holographic display for merging real and virtual objects, 3D monitors and HMD, touch devices and motion capture systems for a more interactive fruition of the data.