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Thursday, March 6 • 2:20pm - 2:40pm
Systems Infrastructure, Facilities and Visualization: Visualization of Very Large Scientific Data, David Pugmire, Oak Ridge National Laboratory

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Analysis and visualization of the data generated by scientific simulation codes is a key step in enabling science from computation. However, a number of challenges lie along the current hardware and software paths to scientific discovery. These challenges occur over several different axes, including: data size, data complexity, type of visualization, number of nodes in an HPC system, and the increasing amount of parallelism within a node. Further, as the computational improvements outpaces those of I/O, more data will be discarded and I/O-heavy analysis will suffer. Furthermore, the limited memory environment, particularly in the context of in situ analysis that can sidestep some I/O limitations, will require efficiency of both algorithms and infrastructure. We present work that characterizes the performance of visualization techniques in a variety of HPC settings, as well as different visualization algorithms. We also present work on a new library, the Extreme Scale Analysis and Visualization Library (EAVL), which has been developed to efficiently utilize the massive amounts of parallelism available on current, and future compute nodes, as well as provide a more descriptive data model for large scientific applications.

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Keith Gray

Manager, High Performance Computing, BP
Keith Gray is Manager of High Performance Computing for BP. The HPC Team supports the computing requirements for BP’s Advanced Seismic Imaging Research efforts. This team supports one of the largest Linux Clusters dedicated to research in Oil and Gas. Mr. Gray graduated from Virginia Tech with a degree in geophysics, and has worked for BP and Amoco since 1985. He was listed in HPCWire’s People to Watch 2006.


Thursday March 6, 2014 2:20pm - 2:40pm
BRC 103 Rice University 6500 Main Street at University, Houston, TX 77030

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