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DOE SciDAC Visualization and Analytics Center for Enabling Technologies (VACET)

DOE SciDAC Visualization and Analytics Center for Enabling Technologies (VACET)
Scientific Computing and Imaging Institute Institute for Data Analysis and Visualization Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory Oak Ridge National Laboratory Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
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News & Events 2009


VACET, ESG partner for new Climate tools

from www.scidac.gov website

VACET, a SciDAC visualization project, is working to help bring advanced visualization technology to the climate modeling and analysis community through a partnership with the Earth Systems Grid (ESG).

During the past several months, VACET has been working closely with ESG to prepare both new tools/technologies and material for presentation at the December 2009 climate meeting in Copenhagen.

Prior to working with VACET, ESG's viz/analysis tool (Climate Data Analysis Toolkit, CDAT) consisted of only 1D & 2D charting/plotting tools. VACETís role has been to roll out new 3D/4D visualization technologies that are now included in the CDAT release. This effort is beginning to bear fruit, with the first set of objectives: 3d slicing, isocontouring, multiple linked 3D views, and 3D moviemaking.

This image, one frame from the complete video which was shown in the WCRP booth at the climate meeting in Copenhagen, demonstrates the use of the visualization to communicate an important insight. The insight in this example is that the outer layer of the atmosphere is cooling while the lower layer is warming.

The other activity conducted in the process of developing this video was demonstrating that this visualization could be realized in real time while transferring massive amounts of data. The real time visualization demonstration was a finalist in the Supercomputing 2009, Bandwidth Challenge, (November 2009). The team was recognized for demonstrating the transfer of 10TB of climate data and producing this visualization in real time on the receiving end.

Video Clip (30MB)


VACET Videos among Wired's Best Science Visualization Videos of 2009


VACET Science Featured on DOE ASCR Website


VisTrails Inc. Wins Utah Innovation Award

VisTrails Inc., a SCI Institute spin off company, was one of just nine companies to be awarded a Utah Innovation award for 2009. This award is designed to recognize Utah companies that make important innovations in their industries. A committee of more than 70 experts from private industry, government and higher education selected the award winners. Vistrails, Inc. was recognized in the Enterprise B-2-B Software category for it's Provenance Explorer for Maya.

For more information see: SL Tribune - "Utah's innovative spirit on display in Salt Lake City"


Sean Ahern and Jeremy Meredith Interviewed by RCE about VisIt


Sean Ahern to Present "Introduction to VisIt" Class at ORNL June 4th

Sean Ahern, one of the site PIs on the VACET project, will be teaching a one-day "Introduction to VisIt" class at Oak Ridge National Laboratory's National Center for Computational Science on June 4th. This workshop will introduce users to the VisIt visualization software package and will include both lecture discussions and hands-on exercises. For a more detailed course description (including agenda and course prerequisites) or to register, please visit the Visualization with VisIt Website.



New Computer Program Enables Powerful Data Analysis On Small Computers