Modern Scientific Visualization is more than Just Pretty Pictures

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While the primary product of scientific visualization is images and movies, its primary objective is really scientific insight. Too often, the focus of visualization research is on the product, not the mission. This paper presents two case studies, both that appear in previous publications, that focus on using visualization technology to produce insight. The first applies"Query-Driven Visualization" concepts to laser wakefield simulation data to help identify and analyze the process of beam formation. The second uses topological analysis to provide a quantitative basis for (i) understanding the mixing process in hydrodynamic simulations, and (ii) performing comparative analysis of data from ... continued below

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Bethel, E Wes; Rubel, Oliver; Wu, Kesheng; Weber, Gunther; Pascucci, Valerio; Childs, Hank et al. December 5, 2008.

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While the primary product of scientific visualization is images and movies, its primary objective is really scientific insight. Too often, the focus of visualization research is on the product, not the mission. This paper presents two case studies, both that appear in previous publications, that focus on using visualization technology to produce insight. The first applies"Query-Driven Visualization" concepts to laser wakefield simulation data to help identify and analyze the process of beam formation. The second uses topological analysis to provide a quantitative basis for (i) understanding the mixing process in hydrodynamic simulations, and (ii) performing comparative analysis of data from two different types of simulations that model hydrodynamic instability.

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  • Astronum 2008 -- 3rd International Conference on Numerical Modeling of Space Plasma Flows, St. John, USVI, June 8-13, 2008

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Bethel, E Wes; Rubel, Oliver; Wu, Kesheng; Weber, Gunther; Pascucci, Valerio; Childs, Hank et al. Modern Scientific Visualization is more than Just Pretty Pictures, article, December 5, 2008; Berkeley, California. (digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc925678/: accessed December 15, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; crediting UNT Libraries Government Documents Department.