Visualization Requirements for DOE-Sponsored Computational Science and Engineering Applications

A DOE Workshop to Be Held
at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory,
Berkeley, California, June 5, 2002

Workshop Co-organizers:

Bernd Hamann
University of California-Davis
Lawrence Berkeley National Lab.

E. Wes Bethel
Lawrence Berkeley National Lab.

Horst D. Simon
Lawrence Berkeley National Lab.


In 2001, the DoE Office of Science embarked on an ambitious new program called ``SciDAC - Scientific Discovery through Advanced Computing.'' One of the goals of SciDAC is to develop and deploy the computer science tools that will enable computational scientists with DoE mission-relevant applications to take full advantage of terascale computing platforms. While a large number of computer science-centered projects received funding in so-called ``Integrated Software Infrastructure Centers'' (ISICs), the approach to scientific visualization was not integrated across the program. Only a small number of computational projects include specific visualization tasks supported through SciDAC. It is clear that many DoE computational scientists, who use NERSC or other OASCR (Office of Advanced Scientific Computing Research) computational resources have visualization requirements that are currently not met.


We are organizing a one-day workshop dedicated to the identification of crucial scientific data visualization needs. The workshop will not be concerned with presenting state of the art in scientific data visualization. Instead, the workshop will consist of computational scientists and engineers who will present their visualization requirements for current and next generation projects. We will invite leading computational scientists and engineers from across the DOE Scientific Computing programs, with the purpose of having them present their visualization needs. Application scientists and engineers will be asked to provide one-page summaries of their data visualization requirements. We will collect these requirement summaries in a white paper and make them available to DOE for further planning of the visualization program in MICS (Mathematical, Information and Computational Sciences Division), in particular for potentially growing the program. The white paper should be seen as a requirements document similar to the "NERSC Greenbook" for computational resources.

Date and Location

The workshop will be held on 5 June 2002 at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, in Berkeley, California. At LBL, the workshop will convene Perserverance Hall, located in Building 54, Room 103.

We will hold the one-day workshop adjacent to the next NERSC User Group (NUG) meeting. Many key NERSC users will be attending the NUG meeting, and we would invite them to stay for an extra day to participate in the one-day workshop. The NUG meeting will take place in 3-4 June 2002, at both the OSF in Oakland, and at LBNL in Berkeley.

Workshop Logistics and Important Dates

Workshop Registration

In order to ensure a well-focused workshop, participation in this workshop is by invitation only.

Please register for this workshop at Even though that link refers to the entire NERSC User Group meeting on June 3-5, please use that link to register even if you are attending only the Visualization Workshop on June 5.

Important Dates

Site Access

Access to the LBL campus is restricted to LBL staff and authorized visitors. Those from offsite will need to obtain either a letter authorizing access via the LBL shuttle bus, or to have gate access arranged. The contact for site access is the workshop logistics coordinator, Yeen Mankin. She will be contacting participants to arrange for site access. If you have any questions or problems, please contact her directly at, or by phone at (510) 486-7580.

Maps and Directions

Maps, driving directions and lots of other visitor info is located at this URL:

Workshop Program and Agenda

The workshop will begin in the Perseverance Hall, located in Building 54, Room 103. Breakfast and lunch are in the LBL Cafeteria, which is also located in Building 54. After lunch, we reconvene in Perserverance Hall, then divide into breakout groups. Locations of the breakout rooms will be announced on the day of the meeting. We will reconvene after the breakout sessions in Perseverance Hall.

Suggested Speaker Topics

Please prepare a brief position statement (one to two pages) that addresses the following issues:

Considering the potential landscape in five years:

Workshop Email List

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Workshop Findings

The workshop findings are available as a PDF file: VisGreenFindings-LBNL-51699.pdf.

Comments or questions about the information on this page? Contact Wes Bethel (LBNL/NERSC).

Last Modified: Friday, 12-Jun-2009 12:41:11 PDT