In-Situ Post-Processing Discussion at NASA Applied Modeling & Simulation

by Roger Rintala | January 14, 2015 4:43 pm

NASA [1]Applied Modeling & Simulation (AMS) Seminar Series[2] to host Intelligent Light speaker on Friday, January 16, 2015. (Series info[3])

 

In Situ Post-Processing with VisIt, Libsim, and FieldView

Speaker: Brad Whitlock, Applied Research Group, Intelligent Light

The widening gap between compute performance and the ability to store computation results dictates that data analysis and visualization be performed in situ during simulation runs. Saving analysis results and data extracts offers tremendous opportunities for reduction in storage costs while also permitting greater access to data in the temporal domain. Libsim is a library which enables a fully-featured visualization tool, VisIt, to request data as needed from the simulation and apply visualization algorithms in situ with minimal modification to the application code. In this talk, the motivation for in situ processing is presented and the steps to instrument a simulation using Libsim are covered. Instrumenting simulation codes with Libsim opens up new possibilities for higher productivity workflows such as automatic creation of FieldView extract databases (XDBs) which can be visualized efficiently using the post-processing tool FieldView.
 
Biography
Brad Whitlock is a visualization and post-processing engineer in Intelligent Light’s Applied Research Group. He is also a founding developer of VisIt, which started at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory. VisIt is a powerful, massively parallel visualization tool designed for high performance computing environments. Brad joined Intelligent Light in 2013 to develop a hardened version of VisIt that will serve as an enabling technology for Intelligent Light’s commercial data analysis and visualization products.
Endnotes:
  1. NASA : http://www.nas.nasa.gov/publications/ams/
  2. Applied Modeling & Simulation (AMS) Seminar Series: http://www.nas.nasa.gov/publications/ams/
  3. Series info: http://www.nas.nasa.gov/publications/ams/

Source URL: http://blog.ilight.com/in-situ-post-processing-discussion-at-nasa-applied-modeling-simulation/


IL Meets Aerospace Leaders at AIAA SciTech 15

by Roger Rintala | January 5, 2015 4:44 pm

AIAA SciTech 2015 logo[1]Our most important Aerospace Meeting of the year is underway.  During SciTech, we are meeting with our users, demonstrating new product capabilities, and bringing IL and guest speakers[2] to our booth for conference attendees.

SciTech_Demos[3]

Specially invited guest speakers will share some of their work in a personal, small audience setting in our booth.  Intelligent Light staff will provide detailed information about the latest from our company.  All speakers will be available for personal discussions.

 

For our Japanese speaking customers we’ll have a special presentation session in Japanese.  Also, our new Asia Pacific Technical Office lead will be at the booth to present and answer questions.

 

View the Full Speaker Schedule (PDF)[4]

Speakers will include:

 

Technical Conference Presentations

Booth Presentations

Endnotes:
  1. [Image]: http://www.aiaa-scitech.org/scitech2015headlines/
  2. IL and guest speakers: http://blog.ilight.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/12/SciTech15_presentation__schedule_final.pdf
  3. [Image]: http://blog.ilight.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/01/SciTech_Demos.png
  4. Full Speaker Schedule (PDF): http://blog.ilight.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/12/SciTech15_presentation__schedule_final.pdf

Source URL: http://blog.ilight.com/scitech-15/


Revolutionizing Innovation with On-Demand HPC

by Roger Rintala | January 5, 2015 8:00 am

Many of our customers depend on HPC every day. Our direct involvement with customers working at the leading edge of HPC driven engineering is making people vastly more productive as they harness the power of HPC.

 

Successful example of cloud-based HPC for CFD use. Presented by Intelligent Light's Steve Legensky.[1]

Successful examples of cloud-based HPC for CFD use. Data management and workflow engineering are important to the success of cloud-based CFD. Presented by Steve Legensky, General Manager and Founder, Intelligent Light.

Steve Legensky, our General Manager and Founder,  was recently invited to provide examples and successful strategies for cloud-based HPC.  The talks were delivered for the SC14 HPC Impact Showcase[2] and the  HPC User Forum[3] in Seattle.

 

Recognizing that CFD Solver Codes are often well suited to running in the cloud, CFD remains problematic for many because the results files can be very large and there can be many.  Effective analysis of these files essential to the CFD workflow and is the way users gain understanding.  Overcoming the constraints requires both data management and workflow engineering to deliver on the promise of on-demand HPC for CFD.

 

Download Steve’s HPC User Forum presentation[4]

 

 

Endnotes:
  1. [Image]: http://blog.ilight.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/12/HPC_Cloud_SuccessCases.png
  2. SC14 HPC Impact Showcase: http://sc14.supercomputing.org/exhibit/hpc-impact-showcase
  3. HPC User Forum: http://hpcuserforum.com
  4. Download Steve’s HPC User Forum presentation: https://hpcuserforum.com/presentations/seattle2014/ilight_hpcuf2014.pdf

Source URL: http://blog.ilight.com/cloudsuccess-sc14/


VisIt Presentations and Demonstrations at SC14

by Roger Rintala | November 12, 2014 9:00 pm

SC14-Logosm[1]Intelligent Light looks forward to SC14, the premier gathering of HPC users, providers, and developers.  We return to the conference in continued support of the VisIt community.  VisIt is massively scalable, open source visualization software developed by the Department of Energy for which Intelligent Light is working to harden and extend[2] for use in production engineering environments.

 

visitlogo[3]VisIt is already being used to help harness the power of leadership class HPC and some of our leading customers have embraced it as a powerful tool for in-situ post-processing, an essential emerging capability for high throughput CFD.  VisIt 2.8[4] brings many additions and fixes developed by Intelligent Light and the ability to export XDB files[5] is the first step in our path for bringing VisIt into the  FieldView world, where thousands of CFD users do important engineering and research work every day.

 

During SC14 presentations in our booth #3617 include:

Intelligent Light Moves Forward with VisIt

Steve Legensky, Intelligent Light – Tuesday, November 18 2:00 pm 

Developing VisIt for In-Situ on Leadership Class Systems

Brad Whitlock, Intelligent Light - Wednesday, November 19 1:00 pm

Toward Exascale: A year of VisIt Development Expands the Envelope with VisIt 2.8

Brad Whitlock, Intelligent Light – Wednesday, November 19 3:00 pm

 

In addition, we are supporting the SC14 Tutorial, Effective HPC Visualization and Data Analysis using VisIt[6], on Monday, November 17 1:30-5:00 pm.

 

IL will support two industry programs to highlight HPC success and real world Impact with our presentation in the HPC Impact Showcase and on an industry panel.

Revolutionizing Innovation with On Demand HPC – HPC Impact Showcase

HPC in the Cloud: The Overcast has Cleared, panel moderated by Rich Bruckner

 

Endnotes:
  1. [Image]: http://blog.ilight.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/11/SC14-Logosm.jpg
  2. harden and extend: http://blog.ilight.com/intelligent-light-to-commercialize-visit-open-source-software-with-help-of-1m-phase-ii-doe-grant/
  3. [Image]: http://blog.ilight.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/11/visitlogo.png
  4. VisIt 2.8: http://blog.ilight.com/fieldview-xdb-files-from-visit/
  5. export XDB files: http://blog.ilight.com/fieldview-xdb-files-from-visit/
  6. SC14 Tutorial, Effective HPC Visualization and Data Analysis using VisIt: http://sc14.supercomputing.org/schedule/event_detail?evid=tut123

Source URL: http://blog.ilight.com/visit-presentations-sc14/


SC14 Tutorial: Effective HPC Visualization and Data Analysis using VisIt

by Roger Rintala | November 12, 2014 9:00 pm

Effective HPC Visualization and Data Analysis using VisIt[1]

Visualization and data analysis are an essential component of the scientific discovery process. Scientists and businesses running HPC simulations leverage visualization and analysis tools for data exploration, quantitative analysis, visual debugging, and communication of results. This half-day tutorial will provide attendees with a practical introduction to mesh based HPC visualization and analysis using VisIt, an open source parallel scientific visualization and data analysis platform. We will provide a foundation in basic HPC visualization practices and couple this with hands-on experience creating visualizations and analyzing data. This tutorial includes:

 

1. An introduction to visualization techniques for mesh based simulations.

2. A guided tour of VisIt.

3. Hands-on demonstrations of end-to-end visualizations of both a water flow simulation and blood flow (aneurysm) simulation.

 

This tutorial builds on the past success of VisIt tutorials, updated and anchored with new concrete use cases. Attendees will gain practical knowledge and recipes to help them effectively use VisIt to analyze data from their own simulations. This work was performed under the auspices of the U.S. Department of Energy by Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory under Contract DE-AC52-07NA27344; LLNL-PROP-652360

 

Presenters:

Jean M. Favre (Swiss National Supercomputing Center)

Cyrus Harrison (Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory)

David Pugmire (Oak Ridge National Laboratory)

Rob Sisneros (National Center for Supercomputing Applications)

Brad Whitlock (Intelligent Light)

Full Details from SC14[2]

“The SC Tutorials program is always one of the highlights of the SC Conference, offering attendees a variety of short courses on key topics and technologies relevant to high performance computing, networking, storage, and analysis. Tutorials also provide the opportunity to interact with recognized leaders in the field and to learn about the latest technology trends, theory, and practical techniques. As in years past, tutorial submissions were subjected to a rigorous peer review process. Of the 77 submissions, the Tutorials Committee selected the following 33 tutorials for presentation.” – SC14 Tutorials Committee

Endnotes:
  1. Effective HPC Visualization and Data Analysis using VisIt: http://sc14.supercomputing.org/schedule/event_detail?evid=tut123
  2. Full Details from SC14: http://sc14.supercomputing.org/schedule/event_detail?evid=tut123

Source URL: http://blog.ilight.com/sc14-visittutorial/