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Paper ID: 1605

e-Viz: Towards an Integrated Framework for High Performance Visualization
Mark,Riding Jason,Wood Ken,Brodlie John,Brooke Min,Chen David,Chisnall Chris,Hughes Nigel W,John Mark W,Jones Nicolas,Roard

Appeared in: Proceedings of the UK e-Science All Hands Conference 2005 website: http://www.allhands.org.uk/2005/
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Publisher: Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council
Year: 2005
ISBN/ISSN: 1-904425-53-4
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Field of Science: e-Science

URL: http://www.allhands.org.uk/2005/proceedings/papers/344.pdf

Abstract: Existing Grid visualization systems typically focus on the distribution onto remote machines of some or all of the processes encompassing the visualization pipeline, with the aim of increasing the maximum data size, achievable frame rates or display resolution. Such systems may rely on a particular piece of visualization software, and require that the end users have some degree of knowledge in its use, and in the concepts of the Grid itself. This paper describes an architecture for Grid visualization that abstracts away from the underlying hardware and software, and presents the user with a generic interface to a range of visualization technologies, switching between hardware and software to best meet the requirements of that user. We assess the difficulties involved in creating such a system, such as selecting appropriate visualization pipelines, deciding how to distribute the processing between machines, scheduling jobs using Grid middleware, and creating a flexible abstract description language for visualization. Finally, we describe a prototype implementation of such a system, and consider to what degree it might meet the requirements of real world visualization users. The e-Viz project is a collaboration between the Universities of Bangor, Leeds, Manchester and Swansea, funded by the EPSRC.

Keywords: e-Science, AHM 2005


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