Software-Defined Visualization Workshop

IXPUG Software-Defined
Visualization Workshop

Location: Austin, TX
Date: May 22-25, 2017
Venue: Texas Advanced Computing Center

Simulation processing capability continues to outpace disk I/O capacity, making it increasingly intractable to save checkpoints for later analysis. This issue is particularly acute for Xeon Phi users, as KNL nodes offer a high degree of parallelism and a large memory space per node, which increases both the time and opportunity cost of each checkpoint to disk. As a result, fewer time steps are available for post-run analysis, which can affect researchers ability to draw insights that drive discovery. To maximize opportunity for discovery, researchers  can incorporate analysis as part of simulation runs, while the data is still resident in memory, rather than saving time steps for later use. This event will provide researchers opportunity to collaborate with visualization experts to insert software-defined visualization capabilities directly into their simulation codes to provide online "in-situ” analysis with minimal impact to simulation execution.


This four-day event is aimed at simulation developers and domain experts with simulation implementation expertise. After an initial orientation to in-situ capabilities, the workshop will combine domain expert attendees with visualization experts from TACC, Kitware, and Intel to design and implement a proof-of-concept in-situ visualization for each attendee's simulation. The workshop will provide a functional prototype on which to continue in-situ development, as well as identifying barriers to in-situ analysis for particular scientific domains.

If you have codes that will benefit from in-situ analysis and visualization, please submit an application to attend this workshop. 

Draft Schedule: 

  • Mon 22 May:  1pm - 5pm: Workshop introduction/overview, Attendee Orientation 
    • Evening: Group dinner (self-pay) 
  • Tues 23 May: 8am - 5pm: Hands-on Work with Experts
    • Evening: Sponsored networking event 
  • Wed 24 May: 8am - 5pm: Hands-on Work with Experts
    • Evening: sponsored pizza dinner @ hackathon
  • Thurs 25 May: 8am - noon: Results Debrief and Next Steps

Attendees will be notified by April 2, 2017.

Logistics information: 

This Workshop will be hosted by TACC at our site in north Austin, at 10100 Burnet Road, Building 196 (ACB). See directions on the TACC website.

Hotel: [to be announced] 

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