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Autostereoscopic display of large-scale scientific visualization
Author(s): Tom Peterka; Robert Ross; Hongfeng Yu; Kwan-Liu Ma; Robert Kooima; Javier Girado
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Paper Abstract

Modern computational science poses two challenges for scientific visualization: managing the size of resulting datasets and extracting maximum knowledge from them. While our team attacks the first problem by implementing parallel visualization algorithms on supercomputing architectures at vast scale, we are experimenting with autostereoscopic display technology to aid scientists in the second challenge. We are building a visualization framework connecting parallel visualization algorithms running on one of the world's most powerful supercomputers with high-quality autostereo display systems. This paper is a case study of the development of an end-to-end solution that couples scalable volume rendering on thousands of supercomputer cores to the scientists' interaction with autostereo volume rendering at their desktops and larger display spaces. We discuss modifications to our volume rendering algorithm to produce perspective stereo images, their transport from supercomputer to display system, and the scientists' 3D interactions. A lightweight display client software architecture supports a variety of monoscopic and autostereoscopic display technologies through a flexible configuration framework. This case study provides a foundation that future research can build upon in order to examine how autostereo immersion in scientific data can improve understanding and perhaps enable new discoveries.

Paper Details

Date Published: 18 February 2009
PDF: 12 pages
Proc. SPIE 7237, Stereoscopic Displays and Applications XX, 723706 (18 February 2009); doi: 10.1117/12.805422
Show Author Affiliations
Tom Peterka, Argonne National Lab. (United States)
Robert Ross, Argonne National Lab. (United States)
Hongfeng Yu, Sandia National Labs. (United States)
Kwan-Liu Ma, Univ. of California, Davis (United States)
Robert Kooima, Univ. of Illinois at Chicago (United States)
Javier Girado, Qualcomm Inc. (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 7237:
Stereoscopic Displays and Applications XX
Andrew J. Woods; Nicolas S. Holliman; John O. Merritt, Editor(s)

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