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Primeur weekly 2018-03-19

Exascale supercomputing

BSC and Fujitsu to build up an ecosystem for a future exascale supercomputer ...

Quantum computing

New quantum spin liquid predicted by Nobel Laureate prepared for the first time ...

Focus on Europe

New project to plug the software-stack support gap for energy-efficient computing ...

North German scientists receive new supercomputer in the HLRN network ...

Hardware

Cray tapped to deliver largest supercomputer dedicated to fusion science in Japan by National Institutes for Quantum and Radiological Science and Technology ...

Keeping GPUs young ...

Asetek announces ongoing collaboration with Intel on liquid cooling for servers and data centres ...

UC San Diego Center for Microbiome Innovation announces Panasas as Corporate Member ...

Cavium expands industry partnerships to drive OCP NIC 3.0 ...

Applications

How much snow accumulates in North America each year? More than scientists thought. ...

Green light for Galaxy Europe ...

Supercomputer simulation opens prospects for obtaining ultra-dense electron-positron plasmas ...

The complex journey of red bloods cells through microvascular networks ...

The view from inside supersonic combustion ...

A game changer: Metagenomic clustering powered by supercomputers ...

ORNL researchers design novel method for energy-efficient deep neural networks ...

University of Texas researchers develop new visualization tools to explore fusion physics ...

Fishing with simulations for two-dimensional materials ...

The Cloud

IBM helps accelerate AI with fast new data platform and elite team ...

European Commission to adopt Implementation Roadmap for the European Open Science Cloud ...

Univa announces a global partnership and reseller agreement with UberCloud ...

Univa open sources Project Tortuga to accelerate the migration of enterprise HPC workloads to the Cloud ...

USFlash

Xilinx unveils revolutionary adaptable computing product category ...

University of Texas researchers develop new visualization tools to explore fusion physics

15 Mar 2018 Austin - Scientific visualization brings research data to life, but it still frequently lies flat on a computer screen, making interpretation difficult. Augmented and virtual reality, on the other hand, provides another dimension through which researchers can see their data.

In recent years, staff at the Texas Advanced Computing Center (TACC) have begun developing applications for the Microsoft HoloLens that let scientists interact with their computer models in new ways.

At the 2017 International Conference for High Performance Computing, Networking, Storage and Analysis, they unveiled a proof-of-concept demonstration that allowed scientists to see a plasma model, developed by University of Texas physicist Wendell Horton, evolve over time in virtual 3D space.

"The dynamics of plasmas is complicated due to the interaction of the electric and magnetic fields. This leads to complex vortex structures in three dimensions that are nearly impossible to understand with two-dimensional projections", Wendell Horton stated. "Augmented and virtual reality tools give us a new way to really see what is taking place in these evolving complex nonlinear vortex plasma structures."

Scientists can move around the virtual object as the plasma transforms from a coherent cylinder to a complex, undulating tornado of energy. New insights emerge in this more naturalistic context.

To bring the augmented reality (AR) visualization to life, experts from TACC converted Wendell Horton's plasma datasets into a form that could be ingested into the Unity platform, a leading framework for AR content creation. They then overlaid text and audio, making a sharable AR experience that members of Wendell Horton's group, collaborators or other researchers, can view and interpret.

"The Hololens project with Dr. Horton served as a successful proof-of-concept for augmented reality scientific visualization", stated Greg Foss, one of the lead visualization researchers on the project. "His team is now considering how to best take advantage of the technology."

Wendell Horton's fusion model isn't the only application that TACC has experimented with. They have created AR representations of physics-based models of clouds and developed a tool that allows air traffic controllers to perceive planes in the sky, even when they are indoors.

"Virtual and augmented reality capabilities will continue to expand how we explore and discover, both in scientific inquiry and in our daily lives", stated Paul Navrátil, deputy director of Visualization at TACC. "We're proud to be pushing the art of the possible here at TACC in conjunction with a broad and diverse set of academic partners."

Source: University of Texas at Austin

Back to Table of contents

Primeur weekly 2018-03-19

Exascale supercomputing

BSC and Fujitsu to build up an ecosystem for a future exascale supercomputer ...

Quantum computing

New quantum spin liquid predicted by Nobel Laureate prepared for the first time ...

Focus on Europe

New project to plug the software-stack support gap for energy-efficient computing ...

North German scientists receive new supercomputer in the HLRN network ...

Hardware

Cray tapped to deliver largest supercomputer dedicated to fusion science in Japan by National Institutes for Quantum and Radiological Science and Technology ...

Keeping GPUs young ...

Asetek announces ongoing collaboration with Intel on liquid cooling for servers and data centres ...

UC San Diego Center for Microbiome Innovation announces Panasas as Corporate Member ...

Cavium expands industry partnerships to drive OCP NIC 3.0 ...

Applications

How much snow accumulates in North America each year? More than scientists thought. ...

Green light for Galaxy Europe ...

Supercomputer simulation opens prospects for obtaining ultra-dense electron-positron plasmas ...

The complex journey of red bloods cells through microvascular networks ...

The view from inside supersonic combustion ...

A game changer: Metagenomic clustering powered by supercomputers ...

ORNL researchers design novel method for energy-efficient deep neural networks ...

University of Texas researchers develop new visualization tools to explore fusion physics ...

Fishing with simulations for two-dimensional materials ...

The Cloud

IBM helps accelerate AI with fast new data platform and elite team ...

European Commission to adopt Implementation Roadmap for the European Open Science Cloud ...

Univa announces a global partnership and reseller agreement with UberCloud ...

Univa open sources Project Tortuga to accelerate the migration of enterprise HPC workloads to the Cloud ...

USFlash

Xilinx unveils revolutionary adaptable computing product category ...