Next-generation visual supercomputing using PC clusters with volume graphics hardware devices

Shigeru Muraki, Masato Ogata, Kwan-Liu Ma, Kenji Koshizuka, Kagenori Kajihara, Xuezhen Liu, Yasutada Nagano, Kazuro Shimokawa
2001 Proceedings of the 2001 ACM/IEEE conference on Supercomputing (CDROM) - Supercomputing '01  
To seek a low-cost, extensible solution for the large-scale data visualization problem, a visual computing system is designed as a result of a collaboration between industry and government research laboratories in Japan, also with participation by researchers in U.S. This scalable system is a commodity PC cluster equipped with the Vol-umePro 500 volume graphics cards and a specially designed image compositing hardware. Our performance study shows such a system is capable of interactive
more » ... ½¾ ¿ and ½¼¾ ¿ volume data and highly scalable. In particular, with such a system, simulation and visualization can be performed concurrently which allows scientists to monitor and tune their simulations on the fly. In this paper, both the system and hardware designs are presented.
doi:10.1145/582034.582085 dblp:conf/sc/MurakiOMKKLNS01 fatcat:pjwnviwvxrfipolud5dori7g6e