Issues and Challenges Facing the Effective Delivery of Scientific Visualization

by Bradley M. Comes, US Army Engineer Waterways, Experiment Station, Vicksburg, United States,
Stephen A. Adamec, Jr., US Army Engineer Waterways, Experiment Station, Vicksburg, United States,
Louis Turcotte, US Army Engineer Waterways, Experiment Station, Vicksburg, United States,



Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Hydraulic Engineering

Abstract: The availability of economical hardware and software products for scientific visualization has stimulated implementation of scientific visualization within high performance computing environments. The Waterways Experiment Station (WES) recently created a Scientific Visualization Center to support the adaptation of these new tools within the WES research environment. The computational fluid dynamics studies at the WES have entered this new discipline with great enthusiasm. The successful delivery of visualization to this group of researchers as well as the others presents significant challenges. This paper overviews the problems, alternatives, and selected solutions associated with delivering scientific visualization to hydrodynamic modelers. Several topics presented for discussion are personal, peer, and presentation graphics, network and mass storage requirements associated with scientific visualization, and the implementation of distributed computing.

Subject Headings: Imaging techniques | Computer software | Computational fluid dynamics technique | Waterways | Graphic methods | Economic factors | Hydrodynamics

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