Next month’s SuperComputing 2011 event in Seattle, WA will feature some of the biggest names in high performance computing, and where the computers go so do the data analysis and visualization people. One name at the event, Kelly Gaither, is responsible for this year’s “Scientific Visualization Showcase”.
What is most enticing about this year’s “SciVis” vignette is the concerted effort in abstracting the science and technique from its analytical interpretation. Kelly makes data vivid …tangible and textured…visual…stimulating…enticing…visceral…art. And, while “SciVis” is a common practice, from remote visualization to large projection and cave displays to observe “data” in depth and motion, Kelly’s innovative endeavors promise to reach far beyond the scientific realm and spur imagination.
Kelly Gaither & TACC are big proponents of massive tiled displays so I’m sure there will be several to see. In addition, they do some interesting work in web-enabled remote visualization via their tools EnVision & Longhorn. Hopefully they’ll have some other neat stuff to show off this year as well.
via HPC INNOVATOR Series – Kelly Gaither.
Some PR is coming out about the annual Scientific Visualization Showcase at this year’s SC11 in Seattle, with a few quotes from TACC’s Kelly Gaither and others.
“We want to show the SC audience how beautiful science can be and also highlight the important role that visualization plays in understanding scientific data,” said Kelly Gaither, director of visualization at the Texas Advanced Computing Center and chair of the SC11 Visualization Showcase.
via HPCwire: SC11 Visualization Showcase to Highlight the Beauty of Science.
SuperComputing 2011 is in Seattle this year and I think it’s no surprise to anyone that this year will be heavily influenced by the success of GPU-based supercomputers. To further emphasize this, they keynote will be presented by the man driving most of these machines, NVidia’s own Jen-Hsun Huang.
“Jen-Hsun Huang’s demonstrated leadership in parallel computing is well suited to the data-intensive thrust of the conference and the sustained performance focus of the Technical Program,” said Scott Lathrop, general chair of SC11 and director of outreach, and training for the National Science Foundation Extreme Science and Engineering Discovery Environment (XSEDE) project. “As we look to a world of rapid collection and analysis of data with computational resources reaching exascale proportions, we value the opportunity to hear Huang’s vision for how the community can address the huge demands for data-intensive computing and faster time-to-discovery.”
It’s a move that really cements NVidia’s place in the HPC ecosystem. Already driving several of the Top500′s biggest systems, I suspect they’ll continue to remain prominent on the list for some time.
The ACM is now accepting submissions for the upcoming SC11 conference, this year to be in Seattle. This year they plan to focus heavily on the huge data problem, how do you deal with it and what can HPC do about it? That’s interesting for some of you, but for many you probably don’t care. For those of you, they’ve got a new feature this year you might want to pay closer attention to: The first ever “Visualization Showcase”.
“The visualization showcase will be set up much like a museum or art exhibit, giving conference participants the opportunity to browse and enjoy scientific visualizations that are at once beautiful and able to communicate important research results,” said Jim Costa, technical program co-chair and a senior manager at Sandia National Laboratory. “It also gives the many visualization experts in our community the change to become more active participants in the technical program.”
Sounds neat huh? Unfortunately, I don’t see anything on the SC11 website or Submission form about how you get entries in.
Get the full details after the break.