Advanced visualization support

Requesting support | Sample visualizations | Starting visualization applications

Researchers who need help visualizing data to demonstrate the results of their scientific computing can request expert assistance and collaboration from CISL. This service is available to researchers who want help using specialized visualization applications on the Geyser or Caldera clusters.

CISL staff experts have particular expertise in CISL-developed software such as VAPOR and NCL but are open to assisting with other applications. They have helped science teams produce visualizations featured in such venues as the PEARC17 (Practice & Experience in Advanced Research Computing) conference and Supercomputing Conference visualization showcases, American Geophysical Union and American Meteorological Society events, the SIGGRAPH Electronic Theatre, and many others. Visualizations created with CISL software have appeared on the cover of Nature and numerous other journals.


Requesting support

To request assistance, use this Special Request Form. Indicate clearly that the request is for "Advanced Visualization Support" and describe how the proposed visualization project meets the following criteria.

  • The assistance will culminate in a visualization deliverable or deliverables within a defined time period.
  • The deliverable(s) will help demonstrate science results and findings.
  • A member or members of the science team will participate actively in production of the deliverable(s).
  • Data to be visualized must have been generated on the Cheyenne or Yellowstone systems.
  • The Geyser or Caldera clusters will be used in creating the visualization deliverables.

Requests for advanced visualization support are evaluated based on those criteria to ensure the most productive use of the limited available staff time. To further help us evaluate your request, please briefly address the following questions when submitting the Special Request form.

  1. What does the scientist want to communicate about the data with a visualization?
  2. What type of visualization is needed (2D or 3D animation, still images)?
  3. What model or instrument produced the data?
  4. How big are the data?
  5. In what file format are the data stored?

The CISL visualization staff will follow up with requesters directly if additional details are needed.


Sample visualizations

These visualizations were created using VAPOR software.


Starting visualization applications

CISL visualization experts can help as described above with using applications such as NCL and VAPOR. To learn how to submit the necessary jobs and start the applications, see the following documentation pages.