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New File System from PSC Tackles Image Processing on the Fly

Jul 25, 2016 |

Processing the high-volume datasets, particularly image data, generated by modern scientific instruments is a huge challenge. Last week, a team of researchers from the Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center reported a novel approach to coping with the data flood – the Virtual Volume File System (VVFS) – which they say significantly reduces storage capacity requirements and facilitates Read more…

Kitware Brings Ray Tracing to the Visualization Toolkit

Jun 16, 2016 |

June 16 — Kitware introduced a new capability to the Visualization Toolkit (VTK) to offer scalable, high-fidelity rendering functionality to next-generation high-performance computing platforms. The capability uses the OSPRay open-source library to interactively ray trace polygonal data sets within VTK to produce images. Similar to a light source that sends out photons, VTK provides visible Read more…

Call for Papers Issued for ISAV 2016 Workshop

Jun 1, 2016 |

June 1 — The considerable interest in the HPC community regarding in situ analysis and visualization is due to several factors. First is an I/O cost savings, where data is analyzed/visualized while being generated, without first storing to a file system. Second is the potential for increased accuracy, where fine temporal sampling of transient analysis Read more…

XSEDE16 Issues Call for Participation for Scientific Visualization Showcase

May 3, 2016 |

May 3 — The Visualization Showcase presents innovative digital imagery that demonstrates the analytic potential of advanced computing technologies and the transformative impact that such images have on scientific discovery. Proposals should be of general interest to the digital resources community, be stored in a common media format such as MPEG or Quicktime File Format, Read more…

NCSA’s AVL Team Helped Produce Scenes in 3D Space Documentary

Apr 19, 2016 |

April 19 — NCSA is helping produce movie magic with cinematic scientific visualization. The Advanced Visualization Laboratory (AVL) at the National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA) at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign recently worked on A Beautiful Planet, the latest 3D space documentary from acclaimed filmmaker Toni Myers and IMAX Entertainment, made in cooperation with NASA, Read more…

Adaptive Computing Launches High Productivity Remote Visualization

Feb 29, 2016 |

PROVO, Utah., Feb. 29 — Adaptive Computing, provider of award-winning workload and resource orchestration software, announces it has integrated Remote Visualization with Moab’s workload submission portal, Viewpoint, in order to improve ease-of-use and increase user productivity. Organizations invest heavily in expensive resources and high-skilled individuals to achieve their goals, only to find that many resources go underutilized Read more…

FAU Selects Bright Cluster Manager to Support HPC Administration

Feb 22, 2016 |

SAN JOSE, Calif., Feb. 22 — Bright Computing, the leading provider of hardware-agnostic cluster and cloud management software, announces that Florida Atlantic University (FAU) selected Bright Cluster Manager software to provide critical support in administering the high-performance computing (HPC) environment for its HPC cluster. The 56-node cluster is used for teaching Hadoop Map Reduce, bioinformatics research and other modeling Read more…

PRACE Announces Summer of HPC 2015 Award Winners

Dec 16, 2015 |

Dec. 16 — On December 15, 2015, the SoHPC awards ceremony took place at the Barcelona Supercomputing Centre (BSC), Spain where Dr. Oriol Pineda, PRACE Member of the Board of Directors,  presented awards to Alberto García García from Spain and to Simos Kazantzidis from Greece. PRACE HPC Ambassador Award Alberto excelled in composing well-written blog posts that achieved a huge reach on a variety of Read more…

Inside the Fire: TACC Image of Rapidly Spinning Star

Dec 11, 2015 |

A computer generated image of visualized variables from a star simulation dataset generated with Anelastic Spherical Harmonic code on the Ranger supercomputer at the Texas Advanced Computing Center at the Univeristy of Texas at Austin. This simulated star is similar to our sun in mass and composition but spinning five times faster. Stars like the Read more…

Contrary View: CPUs Sometimes Best for Big Data Visualization

Dec 1, 2015 |

Contrary to conventional thinking, GPUs are often not the best vehicles for big data visualization. In this commentary, I discuss several key technical reasons why a CPU-based “Software Defined Visualization” approach can deliver a more flexible, performant, scalable, cost effective, and power efficient solution to big data visualization than a conventional GPU-based approach. An example Read more…

Big Data Reveals Glorious Animation of Antarctic Bottom Water

Nov 30, 2015 |

A remarkably detailed animation of the movement of the densest and coldest water in the world around Antarctica has been produced using data generated on Australia’s most powerful supercomputer, Raijin. Chief Investigator, Dr. Andy Hogg, from the ANU hub of ARC Centre of Excellence for Climate System Science worked with the National Computational Infrastructure’s VizLab Read more…

NSF-Funded CADENS Project Seeking Data and Visualizations

Nov 24, 2015 |

The NSF-funded Centrality of Advanced Digitally ENabled Science (CADENS) project is looking for scientific data to visualize or existing data visualizations to weave into larger documentary narratives in a series of fulldome digital films and TV programs aimed at broad public audiences. Visualizations of your work could reach millions of people, amplifying its greater societal Read more…

Kitware and Intel Collaborate

Nov 12, 2015 |

CLIFTON PARK, N.Y., Nov. 12 — With SC15 rapidly approaching, Kitware is pleased to announce its collaboration with Intel to integrate two open-source rendering libraries into the Visualization Toolkit (VTK) and ParaView: OpenSWR to rasterize images and OSPRay to ray trace images. The integration will make OpenSWR and OSPRay more accessible to VTK and ParaView users, amplifying their capacity to interactively visualize Big Data on Read more…

Mira is First Supercomputer to Simulate Large Hadron Collider Experiments

Nov 4, 2015 |

Argonne physicists are using Mira to perform simulations of Large Hadron Collider (LHC) experiments with a leadership-class supercomputer for the first time, shedding light on a path forward for interpreting future LHC data. Researchers at the Argonne Leadership Computing Facility (ALCF) helped the team optimize their code for the supercomputer, which has enabled them to Read more…

Rogue Wave Software Releases CodeDynamics

Oct 27, 2015 |

LOUISVILLE, Colo., Oct. 27 — Rogue Wave Software today introduced the next generation of dynamic analysis for data-intensive commercial applications with their release of CodeDynamics. CodeDynamics expands the reach of multithreaded debugging from the high performance computing (HPC) environment into the commercial market. Built on the proven, time-tested, and scalable debugger engine in TotalView for HPC, CodeDynamics brings parallel, Read more…

ESnet Releases Software for Building Interactive Network Portals

Oct 5, 2015 |

When ESnet, the Department of Energy’s (DOE) Energy Sciences Network, unveiled its online interactive network portal called MyESnet in July of 2011, the reaction was strongly positive – other research and education networks liked it so much, they wanted the code to create their own portals. After four years of development and refinement, they will Read more…

Exploring Large Data for Scientific Discovery

Aug 27, 2015 |

A curse of dealing with mounds of data so massive that they require special tools, said computer scientist Valerio Pascucci, is if you look for something, you will probably find it, thus injecting bias into the analysis.

TACC Software Helps Researchers Visualize Science With Greater Fidelity

Aug 13, 2015 |

Aug. 13 — When scientists run experiments–whether physically smashing atoms at the Large Hadron Collider or virtually simulating future weather–the output is often a huge set of numbers incomprehensible to the ordinary human brain. To tame the data and put it into a form that our minds can understand, researchers use scientific visualization. In its Read more…

XSEDE15 to Offer Wide Range of Tutorials

Jun 22, 2015 |

June 22 — The XSEDE15 conference—to be held July 26-30 in St. Louis—will provide a full day of hands-on tutorials, spanning topics from secure coding practices and CUDA programming to scientific visualization and “supercomputing in plain English.” Participation in the tutorials is just $125 when you register by June 25—just $80 for students. Conference registration Read more…

A Road to Practical Extreme Scale CFD?

Jun 5, 2015 |

A CFD code used for combustion simulation just reached a major scalability milestone, thanks to the work of Intelligent Light and partners at Georgia Tech and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. The AVF-Leslie combustion simulation code (a derivative of Georgia Tech’s Leslie3D solver code) harnessed 64,000 cores on supercomputers at the Department of Energy’s National Energy Read more…