2007 All Hands Meeting

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Spring 2007 VACET All Hands Meeting

Collab:2007 AHM Presentation Slides

For VACET collaborators only.

Who's Attending?

All VACET team members are encouraged to participate in this two-day event.

We have invited a number of science application stakeholders who will be giving presentations on Weds 1/31/07.

Date and Location

When: January 31 - February 1st, 2007.

Where: SCI Institute - Merrill Engineering Building, University of Utah, Salt Lake City, Utah.

Hotel Information

Lodging: Hotel Monaco (the official meeting hotel) and the University Guest House

Deb has been talking with our representative at the Hotel Monaco and has arranged it so that you can (and you should) call the Hotel Monaco directly and arrange your reservations. You should tell them you should get the University of Utah rate of $129/night.

Hotel Monaco www.monaco-saltlakecity.com 15 W 200 S Salt Lake City, UT 84101 (801) 595-0000

Please let Deb (deb at sci dot utah dot edu) know if you experience any problems.

Meeting Registration

We request that all attendees -- local and remote alike -- please register for the meeting using the following link.

VACET AHM Registration<

Information for Our Visiting Science Stakeholders

First, thanks for agreeing to take time from your busy schedule to participate in this important planning and get-acquainted meeting.

Second, we need your presence for the first day only -- 1/31/2007. The continuation of the meeting on 2/1/2007 will be for VACET team members only.

Providing solutions responsive to current and future data understanding needs of application scientists is the primary mission of our Center. To realize that mission, we feel it is important to interact with application scientists to both better understand their visualization needs, as well as for scientists to better understand possible, perhaps previously unknown to the scientist, visualization research techniques that could be productively applied to their data understanding problems.

As such, we ask that you or your delegate deliver a presentation at our meeting. Most of these presentations are roughly 20-25 minutes in length, leaving 5-10 minutes for discussion (see Agenda 1/31/2007 for specific time slots). Rather than have you give a typical research presentation, we would like for you to use the following outline to tell us about your project and data understanding and visualization needs:

  • SciDAC2 Project Overview: Who are your team leaders? What are the major scientific goals of your project?
  • Current Visualization and Analysis Tools: What visualization and analysis tools do you currently use? What are the most successful tools? What is your current computational and analysis workflow? What are the current frustrations or obstacles in using your current tools? What computing platforms do you usually use for visualization and analysis?
  • Future Needs and Collaborations: What are visualization techniques that you might like to use but don’t (because of unavailability of software, etc.)? What are features that you would like to visualize (better, faster, at all) or track? How can VACET best help you better understand your data?

Agenda 1/31/2007

07:30-08:00 Transportation from hotel(s) to SCI. Please contact Deb (deb at sci dot utah dot edu) concerning a ride in a SCI-provided van bdtween the meeting hotel(s) and SCI.

08:00-08:30 Coffee and chit-chat

Introduction and VACET Technology Overview

08:30-08:45 Introduction, Meeting Agenda/Objectives, VACET Overview (Johnson)

08:45-10:15 VACET Presentations (10 min. each)

Research and Technology Topics

  • Topological Analysis (Pascucci)
  • Real-time Ray Tracer (Parker)
  • Volume Rendering (Hansen)
  • Embedded Boundaries (Joy)
  • Query-driven Visualization (Bethel)
  • Comparative Visualization with VisTrails (Silva)
  • Fusion/Astro Examples (Sanderson /Tricoche)

Deployment Topics

  • Rolling out Technology at NERSC/LBNL and CCS/ORNL (Bethel and Ahern)

Management Topics

  • VACET organization, working with VACET (Bethel)

10:15 - 10:30 Break

10:30 - 12:00 Fusion (Sanderson)

  • 10:30 - 11:10 -- Fusion Simulation Overview, FACETS Overview, Science Objectives, and Visualization/Analysis needs (Kruger).
  • 11:15 - 11:45 -- SWIM Overview, Science Objectives and Visualization/Analysis needs (Batchelor via Kruger).
  • 11:45 - 12:00 -- Discussion.

12:15-13:15 Working Lunch (two speakers)

  • SDM Center Overview and VACET collaboration areas (Rotem)
  • VisIt Technology Overview -- Parallel visualization, comparative visualization and analysis. (Childs)

13:15 - 13:30 Break

13:30 - 15:15 Climate (Pascucci)

  • 13:30 - 14:00 -- Earth Systems Grid Overview, Science Objectives and Visualization/Analysis needs (Williams via Drach).
  • 14:00 - 14:30 -- Coupled Climate Model Overview, Science Objectives and Visualization/Analysis needs (Drake via Phil Jones (LANL)).
  • 14:30 - 15:00 -- Global Cloud Resolving Model Overview, Science Objectives and Visualization/analysis needs (Randall via K. Schuchardt)
  • 15:00 - 15:15 -- Discussion.

15:15 - 15:30 Break

15:30 - 17:00 Astrophysics and APDEC (Bethel)

  • 15:30 - 16:00 -- Computational Astrophysics Consortium: Spectrum Synthesis and Analysis Overview, Science Objectives and Visualization/analysis needs (Woosley via Nugent).
  • 16:00 - 16:20 -- Computational Astrophysics Consortium: Adaptive Algorithms for Modeling Supernovae Explostions (Woosley vis Bell via van Straalen).
  • 16:20 - 16:45 -- Applied Partial Differential Equations Center Overview, Science Objectives, and Visualization/analysis needs (Colella via van Straalen).
  • 16:45 - 17:00 -- Discussion.

17:00 - 17:15 Break

17:15 - 18:00 Discussion, meeting wrap-up and adjourn.

18:30 Dinner at Monsoon Thai.

Agenda 2/1/2007

07:30 - 08:00 Transportation from hotel(s) to SCI.

08:00 - 08:30 Coffee and chit-chat.

08:30 - 10:00 Stakeholder Projects (Wes to lead discussion)

  • Stakeholder needs/obstacles summary and priority (from Day One). What are "high priority" targets for VACET?
    • AMR Applications - APDEC, Astrophysics (Wes)
    • Astrophysics - Spectrum Synthesis (Wes)
    • Climate (Valerio/Peer-Timo)
    • Fusion - Batchelor/SWIM, Jardin/CEMM. (Allen)
  • Identify and discuss potential future stakeholders, future priorities.
  • Technology discussion. Matching VACET technologies to customer projects and priorities.
  • Stakeholder project management. Documentation (internal and external) of project status, progress, etc. [objective here is to make sure that each stakeholder has an assigned customer project mgt and that they know what they need to be doing]
    • How to best document ongoing customer relationships, task lists, milestones, etc.?
    • Customer Project Manager Duties. Define role, responsibilities, duties.

10:00 - 10:30 Break

10:30 - 11:30 Software Engineering (Hank to lead discussion)

  • Identify SWS POC's from each institution and their high-level tasks.
  • Volume rendering project update.
  • What other VACET-wide projects could/should be spinning up to meet high-priority or other longer-term objectives?

11:30 - 12:30 Working Lunch

  • Next meeting
  • Resources. NERSC/LBNL (Wes), CCS/ORNL (Sean)
  • Other upcoming events/deadlines.
    • Meeting in Atlanta next week.
    • Reviews, renewals, etc.
  • Discuss follow-up actions and assignments. E.g., to-do lists (per stakeholder project, per institution) and timelines to achieve high priority items.

12:30 - 12:45 Break

12:45 - 13:45 Breakout Groups. Partitioning TBD (stakeholder project, VACET technology, etc.)

13:45 - 14:00 Meeting Wrap-up, Adjourn

Remote Participation

NOTE: There has been a change of plans regarding video conferencing due to technical difficulties with Internet2 Commons. We will now be using Marratech NOT Internet2 Commons.

Remote participation will be conducted via teleconference or video conferencing via Marratech through the University Student Computing Labs. Remote presenters must supply their slides in advance so they may be shown at the meeting. An assistant will be available to advance the slides on command. Please send slides (or a link to where they may be downloaded) to erikj[at]sci.utah.edu.


  Conference call number: (866) 742-5090
  Participant passcode: 3520074

Video Conference

One nice thing about using Marratech it it's whiteboard feature that allows everyone to see presentation slides on their own screen and it keeps everyone on the same page. (Slides must be converted to PDF, but I (erikj[at]sci.utah.edu) will be happy to do that for you.)

In order to join the video conference, you will need a web cam and the Marratech client. The client is available for free at the Marratech website. From there click "Downloads" on the purple bar and then click "Do It Now..."

Get The Marratech Client

Information about the joining the video conference is available on the Student Computing Lab Virtual Classrom Site. Here's a quick video to help you get it set up and running quickly. Please contact Chems Touati chems[at]sci.utah.edu to request a uNID and Password to connect to the video conference.