The Common Data Processing and Display Unit (CDPDU) is a data display and processing architecture built to open hardware and software standards. The CDPDU will serve as one of the public faces of the Arctic Perspective Initiative project throughout its duration. The first prototypes of the data collection units are installed in Montreal, Quebec, Santa Barbara, California, Ljubljana, Slovenia and Iglulik, Nunavut. These collection units are all sending their data in real-time to the CDPDU in order to be processed and displayed for the public.
In its next phase, multiple CDPDU’s will function as a networked computational cluster for the aggregation, processing and display the data and content produced within the API framework. The network of the collection units and the CDPDUs will serve as an interface to the public in addition to disseminating the data to be further studied by scientists, used by artists, or aggregated into larger research clusters. The hardware and software architectures of the CDPDU are open source.
The project featured data from NASA Goddard SEAWIFS, the UCSB STEM sensor netowork, API collected data and THE UC Berkeley BLACKCLOUD by Greg Niemeyer.