DaVinci.nersc.gov: Parallel Remote Visualization of AMR Combustion data using VisIt

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Introduction

DaVinci is an SGI Altix 350 server running the SGI ProPack 4 64-bit Linux operating system, based on SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 9 (SLES9). Its main purpose is to provide visualization and data analysis capabilities to the NERSC user community. It is named after the famous Italian artist and scientist Leonardo da Vinci, due to its intended combination of visual imagery of technical information. DaVinci is a unique resource among NERSC's collection of compute platforms. It consists of 32 Intel Itanium-2 processors with 192 GB of shared memory. While DaVinci is primarily intended to support NERSC's analytics program, its architecture is well-suited for OpenMP and threaded applications. Intel compilers provide high levels of optimization. Another unique characteristic of DaVinci is its support of long-running interactive jobs. Other NERSC platforms provide interactive resources for the purpose of code development and debugging; DaVinci provides generous interactive access to assist researchers in analyzing their results from production runs on Seaborg and Jacquard.

DaVinci consists of 32 CPUs with 192 GBytes of shared memory. Each CPU is a 64-bit Intel Itanium-2 processor, running at 1.4 GHz, with a theoretical top speed of 5.6 GFlops/sec. See the NERSC web pages for more information on this resource.

Visualization using VisIt

Among the visualization sofware packages available in DaVinci there are three that offer a client-parallel backend architecture (CEI Ensight, Paraview and VisIt). Among them VisIt provides support for reading AMR data files.

VisIt employs a distributed and parallel architecture in order to handle extremely large data sets interactively. VisIt's rendering and data processing capabilities are split into viewer and engine components that may be distributed across multiple machines:

For this demo we choose an AMR data of a three-dimensional, time-dependent simulation of a laboratory-scale rod-stabilized premixed turbulent V-flame run in NERSC computers [1]. The 17G data set consists of a four level mesh writen using the BoxLib format. VisIt allows to subset the dataset using the different AMR levels. Figure 1 shows the AMR grids extracted with the subset operator. Figure2 shows isosurfaces of temperature using the contour utility.
Level 0 Level 0-1
Level 0-2 Level 0-3
Figure1. AMR Levels 0 to 3

Figure 2. Temperature isosurfaces

References

[1] J. B. Bell, M. S. Day, I. G. Shepherd, M. Johnson, R. K. Cheng, J. F. Grcar, V. E. Beckner, M. J. Lijewski, "Numerical Simulation of a Laboratory-Scale Turbulent V-flame", LBNL Report LBNL-54198-Journal, Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. USA, 102(29), 10006-10011, 2005.