In situ visualization for large-scale combustion simulations

Hongfeng Yu, Chaoli Wang, Ray W. Grout, Jacqueline H. Chen, Kwan Liu Ma

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As scientific supercomputing moves toward petascale and exascale levels, in situ visualization stands out as a scalable way for scientists to view the data their simulations generate. This full picture is crucial particularly for capturing and understanding highly intermittent transient phenomena, such as ignition and extinction events in turbulent combustion. However, integrating visualization into a simulation pipeline has its challenges. A case study of in situ visualization for a large-scale combustion simulation, including design decisions and optimization strategies on domain decomposition, rendering, and image compositing, demonstrates its feasibility. This in-depth evaluation examines an implementation on the Cray XT5 at Oak Ridge National Laboratory's National Center for Computational Sciences.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number11
Pages (from-to)45-57
Number of pages13
JournalIEEE Computer Graphics and Applications
Issue number3
StatePublished - 2010
Externally publishedYes


  • Computer graphics
  • Graphics and multimedia
  • In situ visualization
  • Large-scale simulation
  • Parallel rendering
  • Scalability
  • Supercomputing

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Software
  • Computer Graphics and Computer-Aided Design


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