Interactive Volume Rendering of Massive Data on the Blue Gene Active Storage Architecture

Contemporary research data sources – large-scale experiments and simulations alike – result in unprecedented amounts of data. Being able to analyse and visualise this data efficiently is becoming increasingly challenging.

In this project, we focus on direct volume rendering for data visualisation and address the aforementioned challenges through a virtual memory hierarchy.

This allows us to utilise different memory layers, where raw data is held by a large capacity memory layer and data is staged for processing in a particular fast memory layer.

This virtual memory hierarchy will be implemented in a client-server system comprising a visualization workstation as client which receives data blocks from a data server that is based on the Blue Gene Active Storage architecture.


Project duration:
January 2015 - December 2015

Dr. Bernd Hentschel, RWTH Aachen University
Prof. Dr. Dirk Pleiter, Jülich Supercomputing Centre, Forschungszentrum Jülich

Claudia Hänel (RWTH Aachen University)
Dr. Bernd Hentschel (RWTH Aachen University)
Prof. Dr. Torsten Kuhlen (JSC/RWTH Aachen University)
Prof. Dr. Dirk Pleiter (JSC)
Martin Stöckle (JSC)
Nicolas Vandenbergen (JSC)
Dr. Benjamin Weyers (RWTH Aachen University)