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SC14 Tutorial: Effective HPC Visualization and Data Analysis using VisIt

Effective HPC Visualization and Data Analysis using VisIt

Visualization and data analysis are an essential component of the scientific discovery process. Scientists and businesses running HPC simulations leverage visualization and analysis tools for data exploration, quantitative analysis, visual debugging, and communication of results. This half-day tutorial will provide attendees with a practical introduction to mesh based HPC visualization and analysis using VisIt, an open source parallel scientific visualization and data analysis platform. We will provide a foundation in basic HPC visualization practices and couple this with hands-on experience creating visualizations and analyzing data. This tutorial includes:

1. An introduction to visualization techniques for mesh based simulations.

2. A guided tour of VisIt.

3. Hands-on demonstrations of end-to-end visualizations of both a water flow simulation and blood flow (aneurysm) simulation.

This tutorial builds on the past success of VisIt tutorials, updated and anchored with new concrete use cases. Attendees will gain practical knowledge and recipes to help them effectively use VisIt to analyze data from their own simulations. This work was performed under the auspices of the U.S. Department of Energy by Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory under Contract DE-AC52-07NA27344; LLNL-PROP-652360


Jean M. Favre (Swiss National Supercomputing Center)

Cyrus Harrison (Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory)

David Pugmire (Oak Ridge National Laboratory)

Rob Sisneros (National Center for Supercomputing Applications)

Brad Whitlock (Intelligent Light)

Full Details from SC14

“The SC Tutorials program is always one of the highlights of the SC Conference, offering attendees a variety of short courses on key topics and technologies relevant to high performance computing, networking, storage, and analysis. Tutorials also provide the opportunity to interact with recognized leaders in the field and to learn about the latest technology trends, theory, and practical techniques. As in years past, tutorial submissions were subjected to a rigorous peer review process. Of the 77 submissions, the Tutorials Committee selected the following 33 tutorials for presentation.” - SC14 Tutorials Committee
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