SC06 Workshop on
Ultra-Scale Visualization

8am-5pm, Monday, November 13, 2006
Salon H, Marriott Waterside Hotel & Marina, 700 S. Florida Ave, Tampa, Florida
(Across the street from the Tampa Convention Center)
In the Technical Program of SC '06, Interntational Conference for High Performance Computing, Networking, Storage and Analysis

Sponsored in part by
the SciDAC proigram of the U.S. Department of Engery, and
the ITR program of the U.S. National Science Foundation

The output from the massively parallel scientific simulations is so voluminous and complex that advanced visualization technologies are necessary to interpret the calculated results. Even though visualization technology has progressed significantly in recent years, we are barely capable of visualizing and analyzing terascale data to its full extent, and petascale datasets are on the horizon. This workshop aims at addressing this pressing issue by fostering communication between visualization researchers and practitioners. The workshop attendees will be introduced to the latest and greatest research innovations in large data visualization. Through the open Q&A sessions, the attendees will also get the chance to help direct further research directions.

This one-day workshop is co-located with SC 2006. The Workshop is composed of twelve invited talks. The scope of the Workshop will include topics on algorithms, systems, tools, and application driven solutions. To attend this Workshop you must register for SC 2006.

Workshop Chair

Kwan-Liu Ma
University of California at Davis and SciDAC Institute for Ultra Scale Visualization

Organizing Committee:

James Ahrens, Los Alamos National Laboratory
Issei Fujishiro, Tohoku University, Japan
Hans-Christian Hege, Zuse Institute Berlin (ZIB), Germany
Kwan-Liu Ma, University of California at Davis
Han-Wei Shen, Ohio State University

Final Program

Opening remarks: 08:00am

Session I: State of the Art Tools
    Hank Childs, Lawarence Livermore National Laboratory
    Slides [pdf] (4MB)
    Kenneth Moreland, Sandia National Laboratory
    Slides [ppt] (13.5MB)
    John Clyne, National Cengter for Atmospheric Research
    Slides [ppt] (3.5MB)
Coffee Break: (10:00-10:30am)

Session II: Case Studies
Leadership End-to-End Computing
    Scott Klasky, Oak Ridge National Laboratory
    Slides [ppt] (14MB)
Petascale Visualization on BGL
    Michael Papka, Argonne National Laboratory
    Slides [pdf] (10MB)
Quantitative and Comparative Visualization Applied to Cosmological Simulations
    James Ahrens, Los Alamos National Laboratory
    Slides [pdf] (10.8MB)
Lunch break: (12:00-01:30pm)

Session III: The Future
Query-Driven Visualization of Large Data Sets
    Wes Bethel, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
    Slides [pdf] (5.8MB)
Large Data Visualization using Shared Distributed Resources, Jian Huang, University of Tennessee, Knoxville
    Slides [pdf] (1.5MB)
Navigating Large Scale Scalar Volume Data
    Han-Wei Shen, Ohio State University
    Slides [pdf] (3.8MB)
Coffee break: (03:00-03:30pm)

Session IV: The Future (continued)
Feature Extraction and Tracking: An Overview for Ultra-Scale Visualization
    Deborah Silver, Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey
    Slides [pdf] (1.35MB)
Topology-Based Analysis of Large Scale Data
    Valerio Pascucci, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory
Simulation-Time Visualization
    Kwan-Liu Ma, University of California at Davis
    Slides [pdf](5.4MB)

Closing: 5:00pm

The workshop was successful with very active participation by both application scientists and visualization researchers:

For questions about this workshop, please contact Kwan-Liu Ma ( For future events, please visit the web site of the Institute for Ultra Scale Visualization.