SC19 Invited Talk: OpenSpace – Visualizing the Universe

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Anders Ynnerman from Linköping University

In this video from SC19, Anders Ynnerman from Linköping University in Sweden presents: OpenSpace – Visualizing the Universe.

This talk will present and demonstrate the NASA funded open source initiative, OpenSpace, which is a tool for space and astronomy research and communication, as well as a platform for technical visualization research. OpenSpace is a scalable software platform that paves the path for the next generation of public outreach in immersive environments such as dome theaters and planetariums. It opens up the possibilities to dynamically load and visualize large scale data from HPC simulations, distributed data repositories, and data feeds from space craft instrumentation. The technical focus will be on interactive data visualization on clustered high-end GPUs and in the presentation a number of features will be described and demonstrated such as: globe browsing which enables contextualization of extreme resolution imagery of planetary surfaces, interactive visualization of large star fields e.g., 1 billion stars from the Gaia DR2 data release, and volumetric rendering of MHD simulations of coronal mass ejections and operational space weather forecasting. The presentation will conclude with a journey to the end of the observable universe and the big bang. The project builds on a collaboration between Linköping University, The American Museum of Natural History, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, New York University, University of Utah, and University of Vienna.

At SC Invited Talks, you will hear how translational research and technologies and their applications address some of the most complex challenges of our time. These talks provide insights with a broad context and from a longer-term perspective.

Professor Anders Ynnerman received a Ph.D. in physics from Gothenburg University, Sweden. During the early 90s, he was at Oxford University, UK, and Vanderbilt University, USA. From 1997 to 2002, he directed the Swedish National Supercomputer Centre, and from 2002 to 2006, he directed the Swedish National Infrastructure for Computing (SNIC). Since 1999, he holds the chair in scientific visualization at Linköping University and is the director of the Norrköping Visualization Center. Dr. Ynnerman is a member of the Swedish Royal Academy of Engineering Sciences and the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences. In 2007 Dr. Ynnerman was awarded the Akzo Nobel Science award, and in 2010 he received the Swedish Knowledge Award for dissemination of scientific knowledge to the public. In 2017 he was honored with the King’s medal for his contributions to science. In 2018 he received the IEEE VGTC technical achievement award.

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