VAPOR wins People's Choice Awards

By Staff
07/31/2011 - 12:00am


During the 2011 Scientific Discovery through Advanced Computing (SciDAC) meeting in Denver, VAPOR scored two wins in the Visualization Night competition. Awards went to two separate projects that used VAPOR to create their visualizations, one that models the wake effects of wind and water turbines, and another showing what a magnetic cycle reversal might look like in a star resembling our Sun.

In "Computational Modeling of Turbine Wake Effects," scientists used computational models and VAPOR to render the wake effects of turbine arrays, information that is useful as the United States explores options for generating more of its electricity from wind and water resources. These types of models can help improve performance and reduce costs associated with deploying wind and water power technologies.

"Stellar Magnetism" shows the magnetic field lines in a Sun-like star that undergoes a magnetic cyclic reversal, culminating in a reversal of the magnetic poles. Some of the structures that form in this process could be responsible for Sun spots, which can affect communications and power networks here on Earth.

SciDAC is a Department of Energy program dedicated to collaborative research projects that test the limits of current computing capabilities. VAPOR  is the Visualization and Analysis Platform for Ocean, Atmosphere and Solar Researchers. It is developed by NCAR with support from the National Science Foundation.