- Associated Press - Tuesday, November 11, 2014

URBANA, Ill. (AP) - The National Center for Supercomputing Applications has received a $1.5 million grant to bring computer modeling to the silver screen.

The (Champaign) News-Gazette reports (http://bit.ly/1xuOgqh ) that the National Science Foundation grant will help the computing center develop museum shows and science documentaries with data visualization.

University of Illinois professor Donna Cox is director of the Advanced Visualization Laboratory. She says research teams will use data visualization to show how integral supercomputing and data are to daily life.

The grant will pay for “ultra-high resolution” digital shows premiering at large-screen theaters, then remade for museum and planetarium viewing. The money will also fund nine high-definition documentaries to be distributed via online video services.

The first production is “Solar Superstorms” about potentially disruptive radiation explosions on the sun.

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Information from: The News-Gazette, http://www.news-gazette.com

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