- 1 External documentation for popular visualization packages
- 2 Visualization on new Compute Canada systems
- 3 Upcoming visualization events
- 4 Compute Canada visualization presentation materials
- 5 Tips and tricks
- 6 Regional visualization pages
- 7 Visualization gallery
- 8 How to get visualization help
External documentation for popular visualization packages
ParaView is a general-purpose 3D scientific visualization tool. It is open source and compiles on all popular platforms (Linux, Windows, Mac), understands a large number of input file formats, provides multiple rendering modes, supports Python scripting, and can scale up to tens of thousands of processors for rendering of very large datasets.
Similar to ParaView, VisIt is an open-source, general-purpose 3D scientific data analysis and visualization tool that scales from interactive analysis on laptops to very large HPC projects on tens of thousands of processors.
VMD is an open-source molecular visualization program for displaying, animating, and analyzing large biomolecular systems in 3D. It supports scripting in Tcl and Python and runs on a variety of platforms (MacOS X, Linux, Windows). It reads many molecular data formats using an extensible plugin system and supports a number of different molecular representations.
The Visualization Toolkit (VTK) is an open-source package for 3D computer graphics, image processing, and visualization. The toolkit includes a C++ class library as well as several interfaces for interpreted languages such as Tcl/Tk, Java, and Python. VTK was the basis for many excellent visualization packages including ParaView and VisIt.
Visualization on new Compute Canada systems
This section will be updated as the new systems come online starting with Cedar (SFU) and Graham (Waterloo) in April-May 2017.
Upcoming visualization events
- winter semester visualization webinars in January and March - topics and dates TBA
- winter semester full-day VisIt visualization workshops at UofCalgary (date TBA), UofAlberta (date TBA), and SFU (2017-Feb-01)
Compute Canada visualization presentation materials
Full- or half-day workshops
- VisIt workshop slides from HPCS'2016 in Edmonton by Marcelo Ponce and Alex Razoumov
- ParaView workshop slides from February 2016 by Alex Razoumov
- Gnuplot, xmgrace, remote visualization tools (X-forwarding and VNC), python's matplotlib slides by Marcelo Ponce (SciNet/UofT) from Ontario HPC Summer School 2016
- Brief overview of ParaView & VisIt slides by Marcelo Ponce (SciNet/UofT) from Ontario HPC Summer School 2016
Webinars and other short presentations
- VisIt scripting from November 2016 by Alex Razoumov
- Batch visualization webinar slides from March 2015 by Alex Razoumov
- CPU-based rendering with OSPRay from September 2016 by Alex Razoumov
- Gephi webinar notes from March 2016 by Alex Razoumov
- 3D graphs with NetworkX, VTK, and ParaView slides from May 2016 by Alex Razoumov
- Remote Graphics on SciNet's GPC system (Client-Server and VNC) slides by Ramses van Zon (SciNet/UofT) from October 2015 SciNet User Group Meeting
- VisIt Basics, slides by Marcelo Ponce (SciNet/UofT) from February 2016 SciNet User Group Meeting
- Intro to Complex Networks Visualization, with Python, slides by Marcelo Ponce (SciNet/UofT)
- Introduction to GUI Programming with Tkinter, from Sept.2014 by Erik Spence (SciNet/UofT)
Tips and tricks
This section will describe visualization workflows not included into the workshop/webinar slides above. It is meant to be user-editable, so please feel free to add your cool visualization scripts and workflows here so that everyone can benefit from them.
Regional visualization pages
- Running pre-/post-processing graphical applications
- Supported software (see visualization section at bottom)
You can find a gallery of visualizations based on models run on Compute Canada systems in the visualization gallery. There you can click on individual thumbnails to get more details on each visualization.
How to get visualization help
You can contact us via email.