VAPOR contest featured at Korea Supercomputing Conference

By Marijke Unger
10/29/2014 - 12:00am

The Korea Institute of Science and Technology Information (KISTI) is a government-funded institute dedicated to science and technology research and development. KISTI is currently funding John Clyne’s visualization group in the Operations and Services Division in CISL to extend the capabilities of the VAPOR software, and collaborates with NCAR through a visitor program that brings KISTI researchers to work with CISL staff at the Mesa Lab.

KISTI is also one of the main organizers of the Korea Supercomputing Conference, held this year in Seoul, on October 6-8. For the 2014 conference, KISTI sponsored a visualization competition among VAPOR users working in the atmospheric and related sciences, with cash prizes for the top picks.

Leading up to the contest, KISTI offered several VAPOR tutorials at a number of science organizations and institutions in Korea.

KISTI Awards

VAPOR visualizations being shown during the Korea Supercomputing Conference, Seoul, Korea, 6-8 October 2014.

The contest received 19 submissions, from undergraduate and graduate students, and early career researchers. Most of the entries were weather-related, along with some climate and ocean visualizations. The winning entry was a visualization of a power plant’s plume dispersion, simulated by the WRF-CHEM LES Model.

“It was good to see so many enthusiastic people participating in the contest,” said John Clyne. “Most of them are students and young, early career scientists, and it was exciting to see them use VAPOR in their research.”

Fourth Place

VAPOR visualization of heavy rainfall over southern coast of Korea, using WRF Model.

At the supercomputing conference, Clyne offered a three-hour tutorial introduction to using VAPOR with ocean and atmospheric data sets for 30 of the meeting’s 200 attendees. NCAR’s Michael Duda and Sang-Hun Park also offered a tutorial on MPAS.