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High Interactivity Visualization Software for Large Computational Data Sets, Phase II

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High Interactivity Visualization Software for Large Computational Data Sets, Phase II
Existing scientific visualization tools have specific limitations for large scale scientific data sets. Of these four limitations can be seen as paramount: (i) memory management, (ii) remote visualization, (iii) interactivity, and (iv) specificity. In Phase I, we proposed and successfully developed a prototype of a collection of computer tools and libraries called SciViz that overcome these limitations and enable researchers to visualize large scale data sets (greater than 200 gigabytes) on HPC resources remotely from their workstations at interactive rates. A key element of our technology is the stack oriented rather than a framework driven approach which allows it to interoperate with common existing scientific visualization software thereby eliminating the need for the user to switch and learn new software. The result is a versatile 3D visualization capability that will significantly decrease the time to knowledge discovery from large, complex data sets. Typical visualization activity can be organized into a simple stack of steps that leads to the visualization result. These steps can broadly be classified into data retrieval, data analysis, visual representation, and rendering. Our approach will be to continue with the technique selected in Phase I of utilizing existing visualization tools at each point in the visualization stack and to develop specific tools that address the core limitations identified and seamlessly integrate them into the visualization stack. Specifically, we intend to complete technical objectives in four areas that will complete the development of visualization tools for interactive visualization of very large data sets in each layer of the visualization stack. These four areas are: Feature Objectives, C++ Conversion and Optimization, Testing Objectives, and Domain Specifics and Integration. The technology will be developed and tested at NASA and the San Diego Supercomputer Center. More »

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