While the Blue Waters Cray XK6 system won’t come fully online until later this year, NCSA staff members are already performing application tests to ascertain Blue Waters’ system and application performance.
These tests, done in collaboration with the early science users, have produced datasets that are in turn being used by the Blue Waters visualization staff to test scalable visualization tools. Such tools enable science teams to explore the very large volumes of data they will produce on the full Blue Waters system. While the early visualization work is mostly concerned with software functionality, it is providing tantalizing glimpses of the early science.
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