App Store "Hyperwall" updated

Many of you may have seen the App Store wall at last year's WWDC, it is a real time representation of what is being downloaded from Apple's App Store. This year it has been updated to show the data in a cleaner and more colourful way. As an app is downloaded, the icon representing it scrolls down the monitors and rests in the grid at the bottom.

TUAW reports how the images actually make it to the screens. "apparently they've got 30 Mac Pros running this thing -- data is fed from the App Store into an XML feed, which gets passed off to an OpenCL kernel, while Quartz Composer renders the final output."

This is just one of the many small effects that make WWDC such a major conference, tickets for this year's sold out in only eight days, even at $1599 a ticket. Although, that price gets you a seat at Steve Jobs' Keynote iPhone announcement as well as access to 5 days of workshops and conferences on all things App Store and Apple development.

There is still three days left of the conference so a few more interesting pieces of news may arise before the week is out.

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r3drum said,
They must be using nVIDIA cards to push the graphics and needs loads of room for the cooling.

They used EVGA NVIDIA GTX 285

uh oh... they forgot to compensate for the margins created by the screens being side by side in the animation..... tsk tsk such a detail left out makes it look jerky when it hits a edge *lol* j/k

Those screens need to be more reflective. You can't quite make out all the details of the room behind the photographer.

1 display per mac pro that's pretty poor. I'm sure that could be done in 1-2 if you could connect the monitors. 8 heads per machine should be entirely possible surely? Although i'm not sure how many pci-e slots the pro's have.

Hell-In-A-Handbasket said,

Agreed would be cool as a screensaver, Would take less horsepower if it wasn't color coded


But would it look as nice?

njlouch said,
Pretty, but 30 Mac Pro's? I would expect it to not take so many...
It has to analyze and sort each icon based on color etc...I'm sure it could be done with half but they have the money

Rudy said,
It has to analyze and sort each icon based on color etc...I'm sure it could be done with half but they have the money

Yeah, but I just think it would be a better advert for their hardware if it wasn't sugh a high number. Realistically, the analysis and sort shouldn't take 30 Mac Pro's...