A new whitepaper Visualization at Supercomputing Centers: The Tale of Little Big Iron and the Three Skinny Guys from Wes Bethel and company from LBNL looks at the importance of visualization in big supercomputing centers and how viz specialists, the “Skinny Guys,” give scientists the power to see.
The main focus of this article is to explore different aspects of planning, designing, elding, and maintaining the visualization and analysis infrastructure at supercomputing centers. Some of the questions we explore in this article include: How should the Little Iron be sized to adequately support vis/analysis of data coming off the big iron? What sort of capabilities does it need to have? Related questions concern the size of visualization support staff: “How big should a visualization program be (number of persons) and what should the staff do?” and “How much of the visualization should be provided as a support service, and how much should applications scientists be expected to do on their own?”