"As datasets dramatically increase, it’s great to collaborate with an organization like NASA that requires facilitating large dataset computation and scientific collaboration in nearly every facet of its research.”
Clifton Park, NY (Vocus/PRWEB) March 15, 2011
As datasets in scientific computing grow exponentially, the challenge becomes analyzing and obtaining insight from the data. Although the scientists producing these large datasets are accustomed to running batch jobs to perform visualization, scientific discovery is greatly enhanced by interactive exploration of the data. To address this issue, NASA has awarded SBIR funding to develop an advanced visualization software solution to Kitware, an open-source research and development company. The software will address critical issues in ultrascale visualization in order to enable real-time investigation of these extremely large datasets using massive distributed memory architectures with up to 100,000 cores.
Kitware will be collaborating with California-based SciberQuest, leaders in kinetic modeling of space plasmas, to complete the project. This partnership provides Kitware with access to real world data from petascale simulations directly relevant to NASA’s missions and scientific goals, and allows the development to be guided by the ultimate users of the software.
In this investigative phase Kitware will identify scaling bottlenecks in ParaView, an open-source visualization application currently used by NASA to explore the results of trillion element particle simulations on the Pleiades supercomputer. As the number of processors scales up past ten thousand, Kitware anticipates that the most critical issues will be data IO, architectural overhead, and how to composite of the partial results. Although the Phase I effort of this project is limited to developing prototypes and selecting a solution, if the Phase II effort is funded these improvements will be incorporated into ParaView and the underlying Visualization Toolkit (VTK) which will benefit tens of thousands of researchers world-wide.
“By customizing ParaView for use in different environments, we are able to accommodate a broad range of users, including NASA,” said Utkarsh Ayachit, technical leader at Kitware who is leading efforts with NASA. “As datasets dramatically increase, it’s great to collaborate with an organization like NASA that requires facilitating large dataset computation and scientific collaboration in nearly every facet of its research.”
Kitware, Inc. is a leader in the creation and support of open source software and state of the art technology, and is one of the fastest growing software companies in the country. Kitware leverages its open-source communities and diverse technical expertise to provide advanced custom solutions for a host of complex technical problems. Founded in 1998, Kitware's team is widely recognized for their major contributions to a variety of open-source software systems including the Visualization Toolkit (VTK), the Insight Segmentation and Registration Toolkit (ITK), CMake and ParaView. Kitware has made an impact in areas such as visualization, data publishing, medical imaging, quality software process, computer vision and informatics. Among Kitware's global customers and collaborators are a variety of academic research facilities, government institutions and private corporations worldwide. Kitware's products and services include software support, consulting, custom application development and training and productivity tools that leverage open source systems. For more information please visit http://www.kitware.com/.
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