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LinuxTag 2011 (sneak preview)

Postby Torsten » Fri Apr 29, 2011 8:01 pm

Hi all,

you know for sure - LinuxTag 2011 is just round the corner. For those of you who are still uncertain if it's worth the trip, here is a sneak preview of our eyecatcher we will showcase at our booth (click images for higher resolution):
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Our Thomas-Krenn-AG Server with 4xnvidia GTX460 and 1x9800GT driving currently 9 monitors (will be 10 at the show):
6x1920x1200 (outside view, 3xleft of the panel and 3xright of the panel)
2x1920x1080 (outside view, above
1x1280x1024 (2d panel and Atlas map above copilot's yoke)
1x1280x1024 (not yet configured, outside view to fill the gap above copilot's instrumentation)

Two ELITE yokes, one of them a ProPanel II. Both have their standard controllers replaced by homemade FlightGearized HID controllers.
One set of solid state rudder pedals
One homemade radio stack to simulate two KX155, a DME indicator and an intercom for two aviation headsets.
The pilot's instrumentation are basically two 19" 1280x1024 TFT displays with a mask in front containing rotary encoders to simulate the knobs for setting altimeter, heading bug etc. These are driven by a separate mini-pc with an atom processor and a small 6500 nvidia card.

Everything is interconnected with a myriad of power, usb and network cables (wireless is for sissies!).

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Total electrical power dissipation is roughly 2.5kW with peaks up to 3.0kW if the GPUs get busy.

(The LEGO mindstorms box is not part of the setup, it's just for keeping the rudder pedals from moving across the floor during crosswind landings...)

Do you still think it's not worth the trip?
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Re: LinuxTag 2011 (sneak preview)

Postby skyop » Sat Apr 30, 2011 5:03 am

All I can say is WOW! :shock:
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Re: LinuxTag 2011 (sneak preview)

Postby Gijs » Sat Apr 30, 2011 12:35 pm

Even better than in Lelystad (you didn't have the second yoke back then, did you?)! Speaking of the yokes, they are currently not interconnected, do you plan to do that one day? It would be kinda hard to simulate a dual crew if both yokes are in different positions :P

Wish you all the best and a lot of fun!
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Re: LinuxTag 2011 (sneak preview)

Postby Torsten » Sat Apr 30, 2011 8:33 pm

Correct, the dual yoke setup is new. They are currently not mechanically interconnected but somewhat electrically. They don't have a servo motor installed and there is no force feedback, so the only chance to make both work is by means of a pushbutton that selects the "active" elevator/aileron control device. So one can at least take over and fly the aircraft.
I don't think I'll add fancy mechanics to this setup to keep it small enough to fit in my car and to be able to carry it to Lelystad and Berlin.
Martin and myself have just started another project that will have a _very_ realistic C172 panel with dual control devices. There is still a hell of a lot of issues to solve, transportation is just one of them.
Anybody out there willing to donate a 7.5to truck with a loading area of at least 7m twice a year?
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