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October 21, 2019
Roba Binyahib Receives Best Paper Honorable Mention at LDAV
Congratulations to CDUX Ph.D. student Roba Binyahib for winning a Best Paper Honorable Mention today for her paper A Lifeline-Based Approach for Work Requesting and Parallel Particle Advection. The paper appeared at the IEEE Large Data Analysis and Visualization (LDAV) Symposium in Vancouver, Canada. Co-authors included David Pugmire, Boyana Norris, and Hank Childs. The work bridges results from the HPC community into the visualization community, specifically in a new work requesting method for particle advection that uses the recent Lifeline approach for identifying victims.
October 20, 2019
VTK-m Tutorial at IEEE Visualization Conference
CDUX played a major role in delivering a half-day tutorial on VTK-m at the IEEE Visualization conference today. Hank Childs organized the tutorial, along with Ken Moreland of Sandia, David Pugmire of Oak Ridge, and Robert Maynard of Kitware. Further, CDUX Ph.D. students Abhishek Yenpure and Samuel Schwartz served as tutorial assistants, including preparing materials (slides, code examples, wiki pages, and virtual machine). The tutorial was well attended, with approximately 50 attendees throughout.
October 1, 2019
Exascale Computing Project Renews Funding For CDUX
The Department of Energy's Exascale Computing Project has renewed two multi-institution awards that fund the CDUX group:
August 7, 2019
Visualization Outreach at CEED Annual Meeting
Hank Childs and CDUX alum Matt Larsen both presented today at the CEED Annual Meeting at the Virginia Tech campus in Blacksburg, VA. CEED is an exascale co-design center focusing on delivering higher-order element technology to simulation codes, specifically those that are part of the Department of Energy's Exascale Computing Project. Hank presented an overview of the ECP visualization strategy, including the VTK-m and Ascent projects, and Matt presented an overview of his DevilRay renderer for higher order elements.
July 30-August 1, 2019
CDUX Members Attend VTK-m Hackathon
CDUX team members Abhishek Yenpure and Hank Childs participated in the hackathon for the VTK-m project. The hackathon was a 2.5 day event, located in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Hank gave a tutorial to attendees on VTK-m, and also worked on extending VTK-m with mesh quality metrics. Abhishek focused on honing VTK-m's particle advection code, along with frequent CDUX collaborator Dave Pugmire.
July 17, 2019
Ryan Bleile Presents Paper at HPCS
CDUX Ph.D. student Ryan Bleile presented his paper today Thin-Threads: An Approach for History-Based Monte Carlo on GPUs at the HPCS conference in Dublin, Ireland. There were six additional co-authors on the paper, including Hank Childs and Ryan's LLNL mentor Patrick Brantley. This work collected best practices for monte carlo transport on GPUs, terming the collected approach as "thin threads" and contrasting the approach with predecessor, "fat thread" approaches.
July 15, 2019
Sudhanshu Sane Awarded Moursund Graduate Scholarship
Congratulations to Sudhanshu Sane, who has received the inaugural Moursund Graduate Scholarship. This scholarship supports future educators. In addition to financial support from the scholarship, Sudhanshu will receive support from the CIS Department to teach a course of his own design. His scholarship application proposed a course focusing on data visualization, which Sudhanshu will deliver in Spring 2020. Congratulations Sudhanshu!!
June 18, 2019
James Kress Presents Paper at ISC
CDUX Ph.D. student James Kress presented his paper today Comparing the Efficiency of In Situ Visualization Paradigms at Scale at the ISC High Performance conference in Frankfurt, Germany. There were eight additional co-authors on the paper, including Hank Childs, CDUX alum Matt Larsen, and frequent CDUX collaborators David Pugmire and Scott Klasky of Oak Ridge. This work challenges the traditional view that the highest performance for in situ visualization is to run the visualization on the same resources as the simulation. Instead, James considered scenarios where simulation data was sent to separate resources and visualized there. In his results, James found that the costs for data transfer times and separate resources can be offset by better scalability when running visualization at smaller scale.
June 17, 2019
Hank Childs Receives Teaching Award
Hank Childs has received the CIS Department's Best Teacher Award for 2019. The award was chosen based on student nominations from this year's graduating class, and was presented at today's commencement ceremony. This is the fourth time in five years that Hank has received the Best Teacher Award.
June 12, 2019
Laura Queen Receives Robert D. Clark Award
Laura Queen received an award from UO's Clark Honors College (CHC), indicating that she produced one of CHC's very top theses this year. The specific award she received was the Robert D. Clark Award, which commemorates CHC’s founder. The criteria for this award is a commitment to the liberal arts, as well as an impressive thesis. Congratulations Laura!!
June 3, 2019
Three CDUX Papers at EGPGV 2019
Three CDUX papers were presented at the EuroGraphics Parallel Graphics and Visualization Symposium (EGPGV) today.
June 1, 2019
CDUX Students Head to Summer Internships
As the school year winds down, four of our students will leave Eugene for new settings this summer:
May 24, 2019
Laura Queen's BS Thesis Earns Distinction Honors
Congratulations to Laura Queen, who has successfully completed her BS thesis, titled "Estimating Future Flood Risk in the Columbia River Basin Under Climate Change Using an Ensemble of Hydrologic Simulations." Her thesis was connected with her role in the Clark Honors College, and she received the highest evaluation for her work: with distinction. Her committee consisted of Hank Childs, Phil Mote (OSU), and Barbara Mossberg.
May 21, 2019
Stephanie Labasan Presents Paper at IPDPS
CDUX Ph.D. alumna Stephanie Labasan presented her paper Power and Performance Tradeoffs for Visualization Algorithms at the IEEE International Parallel and Distributed Processing Symposium. Co-authors included Matt Larsen, Hank Childs, and Barry Rountree. This work assessed tradeoffs between power usage and execution time for eight visualization algorithms, with findings that many had opportunities with respect to hardware overprovisioning. This work was a crucial part of Stephanie's dissertation. IPDPS was held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
May 21, 2019
Brent Lessley Accepts Position at Verb Surgical
Congratulations to Brent Lessley, who accepted a position at Verb Surgical today. Verb is a joint venture between Google and Johnson & Johnson, and is located on the Google campus in Mountain View, CA. They are building a digital surgery platform that combines robotics, visualization, instrumentation, data analytics, and connectivity. Brent will be applying his expertise in designing efficient many-core algorithms.
April 1, 2019
Staff Position at Lawrence Livemore for Stephanie Labasan
Congratulations to Stephanie Labasan, who started in a full-time staff position in CASC at Lawrence Livermore today. Stephanie will continue working with the same team she worked with as a Ph.D. student, and will be continuing work from her dissertation on power-constrained high-performance computing.
March 15, 2019
Sam Schwartz to Join CDUX as Ph.D. Student in Fall 2019
We are excited to welcome Sam Schwartz, who will join CDUX as a Ph.D. student in Fall 2019. Samuel will complete an M.S. in Mathematics at Utah State University later this term. Sam has had varied experiences in his path to joining a computer science Ph.D. program, including teaching English for a Chilean high school.
March 4, 2019
Ph.D. Defense for Stephanie Labasan
Congratulations to Dr. Stephanie Labasan (Brink) who successfully defended her Ph.D. dissertation today!! His committee consisted of Hank Childs (advisor), Allen Malony, Boyana Norris, Nicholas Proudfoot (UO, Mathematics), and Barry Rountree (Lawrence Livermore). Stephanie's dissertation incorporated her existing three first-authored publications, plus an additional work that is in progress.
February 22, 2019
Ph.D. Defense for Brent Lessley
Congratulations to Dr. Brent Lessley who successfully defended his Ph.D. dissertation today!! His committee consisted of Hank Childs (advisor), Boyana Norris, Chris Wilson, and Eric Torrence (UO, Physics). Brent's dissertation incorporated his existing four first-authored publications, plus two works in progress. One of the works builds on his HashFight hashing scheme, while the other is a survey paper deriving from his Area Exam.
Feb 11-15, 2019
Shonan Meeting on Visualization Software
Hank Childs was a co-organizer of a week-long Shonan Meeting on visualization software in Kanagawa, Japan. The seminar's other co-organizers were Takayuki Itoh, Michael Krone, and Guido Reina. The seminar's focus was on understanding the research challenges behind visualization software systems, as well as fostering closer connections between disparate development groups.
January 22, 2019
Dagstuhl Report Released on In Situ Visualization for Computational Science
The Dagstuhl report was released today for the July 2018 seminar titled In Situ Visualization for Computational Science. Hank Childs was a co-organizer of the seminar, along with Janine Bennett, Christoph Garth, and Bernd Hentschel. The seminar was made up of participants with expertise in visualization, high-performance computing, and computational science.
January 17, 2019
In Situ Visualization Tutorial at Exascale Computing Project Annual Meeting
Hank Childs led a tutorial at the Exascale Computing Project's Annual Meeting today. Two thirds of the time was spent presenting on Ascent, with materials from CDUX alum Matt Larsen, Hank, and LLNL's Cyrus Harrison. The remainder of the time was spent describing algorithms being developed by in situ processing (Hank), VTK-m (Sandia's Ken Moreland), and Cinema (LANL's David Rogers).
November 12, 2018
Matt Larsen Wins Best Paper at ISAV18 Workshop
CDUX Ph.D. alumnus Matt Larsen received the Best Paper awards at the Workshop on In Situ Infrastructures for Enabling Extreme-Scale Analysis and Visualization (ISAV), which was co-located with SC18. Other CDUX participants on the paper include Ph.D. student Nicole Marsaglia and Hank Childs, and the full list of authors included Amy Woods, Ayan Biswas, Soumya Dutta, and Cyrus Harrison. The paper, titled A Flexible System for In Situ Triggers considers the topic of adapting visualization and analysis based on simulation state. Congratulations Matt!
October 25, 2018
Roba Binyahib Presents Paper at IEEE VIS Conference
CDUX Ph.D. student Roba Binyahib presented her paper "A Scalable Hybrid Scheme for Ray-Casting of Unstructured Volume Data" today at the IEEE VIS conference in Berlin, Germany. The paper has been accepted at the journal IEEE Transactions on Visualization and Computer Graphics (TVCG), and was presented at the VIS conference through an arrangement between VIS and TVCG. Co-authors on the work include Tom Peterka, Matt Larsen, Kwan-Liu Ma, and Hank Childs. The work showed the scalability of a novel approach for unstructured volume rendering in parallel. The approach has a particular emphasis on difficult-to-parallelize use cases, for example highly varying cell sizes or camera positions that are zoomed in on a small region of a data set.
October 21, 2018
Brent Lessley Presents Paper at LDAV
CDUX Ph.D. student Brent Lessley presented his paper DPP-PMRF: Rethinking Optimization for a Probabilistic Graphical Model Using Data-Parallel Primitives today. The paper appeared in the IEEE Large Data Analysis and Visualization (LDAV) Symposium in Berlin, Germany. Co-authors included Talita Perciano, Colleen Heinemann, David Camp, Hank Childs, and Wes Bethel. The work considered probabilistic graphical model optimization, an important technique for computer vision, in the context of data-parallel primitives.
July 29-August 10, 2018
Kristi Belcher Participates in ATPESC
Kristi Belcher is participating in the Argonne Training Program on Extreme-Scale Computing (ATPESC). This program aims to "provide intensive, two-week training on the key skills, approaches, and tools to design, implement, and execute computational science and engineering applications on current high-end computing systems and the leadership-class computing systems of the future." Participation is competitive and is based on an application process. The ATPESC program is paying all expenses for Kristi to spend two weeks in Illinois.
July 1-6, 2018
Schloss Dagstuhl On In Situ Visualization for Computational Science
Hank Childs was a co-organizer of a week-long seminar at Schloss Dagstuhl on In Situ Visualization for Computational Science in Wadern, Germany. The seminar's other co-organizers were Janine Bennett, Christoph Garth, and Bernd Hentschel. The seminar's focus was on bringing together three communities: visualization experts, HPC experts, and computational scientists.
June 28, 2018
CDUX Research Presented at ISC In Situ Workshop
CDUX was involved in multiple activities at the ISC High Performance Workshop on In Situ Visualization in Frankfurt, Germany today:
June 19, 2018
Hank Childs Receives University of Oregon Faculty Excellence Award
Hank Childs received a Faculty Excellence Award from the University of Oregon. The fund is designed to recognize, reward and retain nationally competitive faculty members who have a record of excellence in research, scholarship, creative accomplishment and education. Hank was one of 15 faculty members to receive the award campus-wide. The awards provide faculty members with a $20,000 salary supplement or $30,000 for research support. The UO press release on the awards can be found here.
June 18, 2018
Theses, M.S Degrees, and Employment for Manish Mathai and Garrett Morrison
Congratulations to both Manish Mathai and Garrett Morrison for three-fold accomplishments: completing their theses, completing their M.S. degrees, and lining up employment.
June 11, 2018
CDUX Students Head to Summer Internships
Our group's students will be busy this summer!
Four of our students will leave Eugene for new settings this summer:
June 8, 2018
Kristi Belcher and Roba Binyahib Receive Scholarships
Two CDUX students received scholarships from the CIS Department:
June 6, 2018
Shaomeng Li Presents State of the Art Report at EuroVis 2018
CDUX Ph.D. alumni Shaomeng Li presented his State of the Art Report (STAR) at the EuroVis Conference. His survey paper, titled Data Reduction Techniques for Simulation, Visualization, and Data Analysis, and was initially published in the Computer Graphics Forum journal. Co-authors on the work include CDUX Ph.D. student Nicole Marsaglia, Christoph Garth, Jonathan Woodring, John Clyne, and Hank Childs. The survey was derived from the paper generated for his Area Exam at the University of Oregon.
June 4, 2018
Sudhanshu Sane Presents Research Results at EGPGV 2018
Sudhanshu Sane presented his research results at the EuroGraphics Parallel Graphics and Visualization Symposium (EGPGV). The paper he presented was titled Revisiting the Evaluation of In Situ Lagrangian Analysis, and was focused on establishing new evaluation and baselines that was missing in previous work. Co-authors on his paper included Roxana Bujack and Hank Childs.
May 21, 2018
Valentin Bruder Begins Three Month Visit
April 25, 2018
Roba Binyahib Presents at DOECGF 2018
Roba Binyahib presented her recent research results at the Department of Energy Computer Graphics Forum (DOECGF) in Savannah, GA. She presented her work on parallel ray-casted volume rendering for unstructured meshes, which was recently accepted to the journal IEEE Transactions on Visualization and Computer Graphics (TVCG).
April 16, 2018
Staff Position at LLNL for Ryan Bleile
Congratulations to Ryan Bleile, who begins his new staff position as a Computer Scientist at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory today! His job assignment will continue his Ph.D. work on Monte Carlo radiation transport. Ryan had already been working as a remote student at LLNL, via his Lawrence Scholar Graduate Fellowship. He will complete his dissertation from LLNL.
April 3, 2018
Steven Walton to Join CDUX as Ph.D. Student in Fall 2018
We are excited to welcome Steven Walton, who has agreed to join CDUX as a Ph.D. student in Fall 2018. Steven previously completed his B.S. at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University (ERAU), receiving a degree in Space Physics. He then worked at Glover-Taylor Labs LLC, where he led and performed research in a NASA Phase I STTR project that led to Phase II funding.
March 8, 2018
Hank Childs Gives Presentation for OMSI
Hank Childs presented a talk for OMSI (Oregon Museum of Science and Industry) as part of their Science Pub series. With this series, a scientific expert presents a topic on to a general audience. Hank's talk was titled " Your Computer: Just How Powerful Is it, and Is That Enough?."
January 22, 2018
Abhishek Yenpure to Join CDUX as Ph.D. Student
Abhishek Yenpure has converted from an M.S. student to a Ph.D. student. Abhishek was a CDUX member as an M.S. student, and will continue with CDUX as a Ph.D. student. He will be exploring flow visualization on exascale machines for his dissertation research. Welcome (again) Abhishek!
January 8, 2018
Undergrad Researcher Jeremy Brennan Graduates, Starts Position at Intel
Congratulations to Jeremy Brennan, who begins his new staff position at Intel today! His official title is Driver Developer for the Integrated GFX Card, and he will work on Intel's integrated graphics card optimizing the driver code for games. Jeremy previously was an intern for the same group in the summer of 2017. His UO experience, both as a student in the CIS441 graphics class and as an undergraduate research optimizing VisIt for the Xeon Phi, helped prepare him for the job. Jeremy completed his B.S. in December 2017.
November 28, 2017
Ph.D. Defense for Shaomeng Li
Congratulations to Dr. Shaomeng (Samuel) Li, who successfully defended his Ph.D. dissertation today!! His committee consisted of Hank Childs (advisor), Allen Malony, Boyana Norris, and Emilie Hooft Toomey (UO, Earth Sciences). Sam's dissertation incorporated four of his five first-authored publications from his time at UO. Sam already began a staff position at NCAR in September of 2016, and will continue in that position after graduation.
November 12, 2017
Two Presentations at ISAV 2017
CDUX Ph.D. student Shaomeng (Samuel) Li and CDUX alum Matt Larsen presented recent research results at the ISAV workshop, held in conjunction with SC17, in Denver, CO.
October 2, 2017
Brent Lessley Presents Two Papers at LDAV 2017
CDUX Ph.D. student Brent Lessley presented two recent research results at the IEEE Large Data Analysis and Visualization (LDAV) Symposium today in Phoenix, AZ. His first paper, titled Maximal Clique Enumeration with Data-Parallel Primitives, demonstrated a new algorithm for maximal clique enumeration with an emphasis on portable performance across architectures. This paper also provides some initial encouraging evidence that data-parallel primitives are a viable technique for graph algorithms, whereas most recent research has focused on scientific visualization algorithms. Co-authors on the work include Talita Perciano and Wes Bethel of Lawrence Berkeley, as well as Manish Mathai and Hank Childs. Brent's second paper, titled Techniques for Data-Parallel Searching for Duplicate Elements, built on Brent's EGPGV paper in 2016 which looked at the external facelist calculation problem. As that work was extended to more architectures and more hashing techniques, limits to performance portability were uncovered. His LDAV paper explained these limits and demonstrated best practices. Co-authors on this work included Ken Moreland of Sandia Labs, CDUX alum Matt Larsen (now of LLNL), and Hank Childs.
September 30, 2017
Two CDUX Students Participate in Doctoral Colloquium at IEEE Visualization
Two CDUX students presented at the Doctoral Colloquium (DC) at the IEEE Visualization Conference in Phoenix, AZ. The DC connects experts with Ph.D. students. During the Colloquium, the students present their plans for their dissertations, and the experts provide feedback about how to strengthen their research. Our two participants were:
September 25, 2017
Hank Childs (Program Co-Chair) and Kristi Belcher (Student Program Chair) to Help Organize EGPGV18
Hank Childs will serve as Program Co-Chair for the 18th EuroGraphics Symposium on Parallel Graphics and Visualization, which will be co-located with EuroVis in Brno, Czech Republic in June 2018. Ph.D. student Kristi Belcher will serve as the Student Program Chair.
September 7, 2017
Shaomeng Li Presents Research Results at Cluster 2017
CDUX Ph.D. student Shaomeng Li traveled to Honolulu, Hawaii to present his recent research results at the IEEE Cluster Conference. The acceptance rate for Cluster 2017 was 20%, and only 15% for papers on data, storage, or visualization. His paper, titled Spatiotemporal Wavelet Compression for Visualization of Scientific Simulation Data, explored the value of using deep memory hierarchies on supercomputers, specifically to encode more information per bit by exploiting temporal coherence, instead of just spatial coherence. Co-authors on the work include CDUX Ph.D. student Sudhanshu Sane, Leigh Orf, Pablo Mininni, John Clyne, and Hank Childs.
June 22, 2017
Shaomeng Li's Research Presented at ISC In Situ Workshop
Samuel Li's dissertation research was presented at the ISC High Performance Workshop on In Situ Visualization in Frankfurt, Germany today. The presentation was titled "Wavelets as an In Situ Compression Operator for Post Hoc Exploration," and made the case that wavelets should be used for exascale computing.
June 21, 2017
ISC High Performance Conference
Hank Childs gave an invited presentation at the ISC High Performance Conference in Frankfurt, Germany today. The talk was part of a session on High Performance Visualization, organized by Chris Johnson of the University of Utah. The speakers were Hank, Chris, and Ingo Wald of Intel. Hank's presentation focused on in situ processing, including challenges with fitting within simulation code constraints and with efficient programming, and opportunities resulting from increased data access.
June 19, 2017
Undergrad Researcher Alister Magure Graduates, Starts Position at LLNL
Congratulations to Alister Maguire, who completed his B.S. in computer science today! Next, he will go to Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory as a computer programmer. In this role, he will work on the VisIt project, and also on other LLNL projects. Alister's UO experience, both as a student in the CIS441 graphics class and as an undergraduate research optimizing VisIt for the Xeon Phi, helped prepare him for the job.
June 19, 2017
Hank Childs Receives Teaching Award
Hank Childs has received the CIS Department's Best Teacher Award for 2017. The award was chosen based on student nominations from this year's graduating class, and was presented at today's commencement ceremony. This is the third straight year Hank has received the Best Teacher Award.
June 19, 2017
Manish Mathai Awarded J. Donald Hubbard Family Scholarship
Manish Mathai received the J. Donald Hubbard Family Scholarship in Computer and Information Science at the CIS Department's commencement ceremony. This scholarship is awarded to students who show an interest in human-computer interaction, computer graphics, or multimedia. Congratulations Manish!!
June 12, 2017
CDUX Students Head to Summer Internships
Nine CDUX students will be spending their summers at DOE labs.
Six of our students will leave Eugene for new settings this summer:
June 12-13, 2017
Two CDUX Students Presents Research Results at EGPGV 2017
Two CDUX Ph.D. students presented their research results at EuroGraphics Parallel Graphics and Visualization Symposium (EGPGV):
May 22, 2017
Keynote Presentation at IXPUG Workshop
Hank Childs delivered the keynote presentation at the Software-Defined Visualization Workshop in Austin, TX. The event was hosted by TACC, and was part of a series of workshops known as IXPUG: the Intel Xeon Phi Users Group. Hank's talk was titled "State of the Art for In Situ Visualization."
April 8, 2017
Kristi Belcher, NSF Graduate Research Fellow, To Join CDUX as Ph.D. Student in Fall 2017
We are excited to welcome Kristi Belcher, who has agreed to join CDUX as a Ph.D. student in Fall 2017. Kristi previously completed her B.S. at Texas State University, where she worked with Dr. Martin Burtscher as part of the Efficient Computing Laboratory. Her work culminated in a thesis, "Multi-GPU Parallelization of Irregular Algorithms." Further, we congratulate Kristi on winning an NSF Graduate Research Fellowship. These fellowships are extremely competitive, and provide Kristi with three years of funding. Great job Kristi, and we are very glad that you will be joining the team!!
April 4-6, 2017
CDUX Hosts 3rd Annual VTK-m Code Sprint
2.5 day code sprint for the VTK-m project. The event benefited many of our students, as their research often involves using VTK-m. Many prominent members from the project attended, including Ken Moreland of Sandia, Rob Maynard of Kitware, and Dave Pugmire of Oak Ridge, among others. Remote students James Kress and Stephanie Labasan also joined us for the event, along with alum Matt Larsen.The CDUX group hosted a
April 3, 2017
Bernd Hentschel Begins Month-long Visit
We are very excited to welcome Bernd Hentschel of RWTH Aachen for a one month "mini-sabbatical." Bernd was selected for a Theodore-von-Karman-Fellowship for Outgoing Scientists, which enables researchers to visit collaborators for extended periods. During his time with the CDUX group, we will collaborate with Bernd on several topics, including particle advection, many-core visualization, and virtual reality for very large data.
March 24, 2017
Kristi Potter Takes Scientist Position at NREL
Congratulations to Kristi Potter who has accepted a scientist position at NREL working with Kenny Gruchalla. Kristi joined CDUX as a Co-Director in September 2013, in addition to her campus-wide role as a visualization evangelist. We will miss her and wish her the best in her new position.
February 2, 2017
Ryan Bleile Presents Research Results at SPIE Conference on Visualization and Data Analysis
CDUX Ph.D. student Ryan Bleile presented his research today at the SPIE Conference on Visualization and Data Analysis in San Francisco, CA. Ryan's paper was titled Accelerating Advection Via Approximate Block Exterior Flow Maps. The work explored tradeoffs between performance and accuracy for compute-intensive flow visualization algorithms. Co-authors on the work included Christoph Garth of Kaiserslautern University, Linda Sugiyama of MIT, and Hank Childs.
January 9, 2017
M.S. Students Abhishek Yenpure and Garrett Morrison Join CDUX
Two M.S. students, Abhishek Yenpure and Garrett Morrison, have joined our team. Abhishek joins us from us from Pune, India, after spending three years in industry. He will be working on parallel particle advection in VTK-m. Garrett had already been with CDUX previously, first as an undergrad researcher and then as a staff member. As an M.S. student, he will be optimizing VisIt for the Xeon Phi for our Intel Parallel Computing Center. Welcome Abhishek and welcome back Garrett!!
December 12, 2016
Staff Position at ORNL for James Kress
Congratulations to James Kress, who begins his new staff position as a Computer Scientist at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory today! His job assignment will continue his Ph.D. work, including in situ processing of very large data sets. He will be working on the ADIOS and VTK-m software tools. James will continue in the Ph.D. program as a remote student, and will complete his dissertation from ORNL.
November 21, 2016
Ph.D. Defense for Matt Larsen
Congratulations to Dr. Matt Larsen, who successfully defended his Ph.D. dissertation today!! His committee consisted of Hank Childs (advisor), Allen Malony, Boyana Norris, Paul Navratil (TACC), and Eric Corwin (UO, Physics). Matt's dissertation incorporated four of his five first-authored publications from his time at UO. Matt already began a staff position at LLNL in January of 2016, and will continue in that position after graduation.
November 15, 2016
Matt Larsen Presents Research Results at SC16
CDUX Ph.D. student Matt Larsen presented his recent research results at the SC16 conference in Salt Lake City, UT. His paper, a Best Paper Finalist, was titled Performance Modeling of In Situ Rendering. The work established a performance model over three rendering techniques, two architectures, and many rendering workloads. He then used the performance model to look at feasibility of in situ rendering workloads and to answer questions about relative benefit of rasterization and ray-tracing. Co-authors on the work include Cyrus Harrison of Lawrence Livermore, Dave Pugmire of Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Jeremy Meredith (formerly of Oak Ridge), and CDUX members James Kress and Hank Childs.
November 13, 2016
James Kress Presents Research Results at ISAV 2016
CDUX Ph.D. student James Kress presented his recent research results at the ISAV workshop, held in conjunction with SC16, in Salt Lake City, UT. His paper, titled Visualization and Analysis Requirements for In Situ Processing for a Large-Scale Fusion Simulation Code, reported on his survey of the XGC1 code team, with an eye toward in situ feasibility questions. Co-authors on the work include Dave Pugmire and Scott Klasky of Oak Ridge National Laboratory, and Hank Childs.
November 10, 2016
Exascale Computing Project Funds Two Awards That Include CDUX
The Department of Energy's Exascale Computing Project has made two multi-institution awards that will fund the CDUX group:
November 6, 2016
Ryan Bleile Presents Research Results at ANS Annual Winter Meeting
CDUX Ph.D. student Ryan Bleile traveled to Las Vegas to present his recent research results at the American Nuclear Society's Annual Winter Meeting. His paper, titled Algorithmic Improvements for Portable Event-Based Monte Carlo Transport Using the Nvidia Thrust Library, compared optimized CUDA and Thrust implementations in an effort to understand the costs for taking a hardware-agnostic approach.
October 23, 2016
Matt Larsen Presents Research Results at LDAV 2016
CDUX Ph.D. student Matt Larsen presented his recent research results at the IEEE Large Data Analysis and Visualization (LDAV) Symposium today in Baltimore, MD. His paper, titled Optimizing Multi-Image Sort-Last Parallel Rendering, demonstrated new algorithms that render batches of images together as much as twenty times faster than the current approach of rendering images one at a time. Co-authors on the work include Ken Moreland of Sandia National Laboratories, Chris Johnson of the University of Utah, and Hank Childs.
September 26, 2016
Staff Position at NCAR for Samuel Li
Congratulations to Samuel Li, who begins his new staff position as a Computer Scientist at the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) today! His job assignment will build on his Ph.D. work, including wavelet compression of very large data sets. He will also be working on the VAPOR software tool. Sam will continue in the Ph.D. program as a remote student, and will complete his dissertation from NCAR.
September 15, 2016
Undergrad Researcher Garrett Morrison Graduates, Becomes CDUX Staff
Congratulations to undergrad researcher Garrett Morrison, who graduated and received his Bachelor of Science. Garrett has worked as a CDUX undergrad researcher since Winter 2016. During that time, he worked on the GraviT ray-tracing project and the VisIt visualization program. Garrett will continue with CDUX, working as a staff member. He hopes to start as an MS student at UO in 2017.
August 30, 2016
Smoky Mountains Conference
Hank Childs gave an invited presentation at the Smoky Mountains Conference (SMC16) in Gatlinburg, TN this week. The presentation focused on in situ processing, including challenges with efficient programming and opportunities resulting from increased data access. Hank also visited Oak Ridge Lab and UT-Knoxville to deliver invited talks and meet with collaborators. At ORNL, Hank met with Dave Pugmire and CDUX Ph.D. student James Kress, who has been doing his dissertation research at ORNL. At UTK, Hank met with Prof. Jian Huang and CDUX alum (and now UTK Ph.D. student) Kirsten Dawes.
June 23, 2016
Keynote Presentation at ISC In Situ Workshop
Hank Childs delivered one of the keynote presentations at the ISC High Performance Workshop on In Situ Visualization in Frankfurt, Germany. The presentation was titled "In Situ Processing: Instantiations, Opportunities, and Challenges," and focused on work from the In Situ Terminology Project, Lagrangian flows, and performance modeling.
June 16-17, 2016
Short Course for Vlaams Supercomputer Centrum
June 15, 2016
Matt Larsen's SC16 Submission Selected as Best Paper Finalist
Matt Larsen's submission to the SC16 conference was selected as a Best Paper Finalist. The title of his paper is "Performance Modeling for In Situ Rendering." His study looked at three rendering techniques (rasterization, ray-tracing, and volume rendering), and multiple architectures (GPU and CPU) and built a performance model over diverse rendering workloads. The results are useful, since visualization algorithms frequently need to fit within in situ constraints, and this model will allow researchers to predict whether they can. Co-authors on the work include James Kress and Hank Childs of CDUX, as well as Cyrus Harrison of LLNL and Jeremy Meredith and David Pugmire of ORNL. Congratulations everyone!!
June 13, 2016
Undergrad Researcher Ouermi Timbwaoga Aime Judicael Completes Thesis, Graduates
Undergrad researcher Ouermi Timbwaoga Aime Judicael (TAJO) graduated today, receiving his Bachelor of Science. TAJO has worked as a CDUX undergrad researcher since Fall of 2015. During that time, he completed an undergrad thesis titled "Evaluating Spatiotemporal Search Structures for Lagrangian Basis Flows." TAJO will next head to an internship at Lawrence Livermore, advised by Timo Bremer, and then will go to the Ph.D. program at the University of Utah, advised by Mike Kirby. Congratulations TAJO!!
June 13, 2016
Hank Childs Receives Teaching Award
Hank Childs has received the CIS Department's Best Teacher Award for 2016. The award was chosen based on student nominations from this year's graduating class, and was presented at today's commencement ceremony.
June 12, 2016
Ryan Bleile Presents Research Results at ANS Annual Meeting
CDUX Ph.D. student Ryan Bleile traveled to New Orleans to present his recent research results at the American Nuclear Society's Annual Meeting. His paper, titled Investigation of Portable Event Based Monte Carlo Transport Using the Nvidia Thrust Library, compared CUDA and Thrust implementations in an effort to understand the costs for taking a hardware-agnostic approach.
June 6, 2016
Brent Lessley Presents Research Results at EGPGV 2016
CDUX Ph.D. student Brent Lessley traveled to Groningen in the Netherlands to present his recent research results at the EuroGraphics Parallel Graphics and Visualization Symposium. His paper, titled External Facelist Calculation with Data-Parallel Primitives, contributed new algorithms for external facelist calculation based on the data-parallel primitive paradigm. These algorithms are thought to be the first-ever shared-memory algorithms for this problem. Co-authors on the work include CDUX Ph.D. student Roba Binyahib, Rob Maynard of Kitware, and Hank Childs.
June 4, 2016
CDUX Students Head to Summer Internships
Nine CDUX students will be spending their summers at DOE labs. For the second year in a row, every student in the group interested in an internship landed one.
Five of our students will leave Eugene for new settings this summer:
May 16, 2016
Computer Graphics Class Featured by Cascade Magazine
The University of Oregon's online magazine, Cascade, published an interview with Hank Childs about the computer graphics class he teaches. The conversation focused on how the class has been helping UO undergraduates land jobs.
April 15, 2016
Undergrad Researcher Kirsten Dawes Graduates, to Attend UT Ph.D. Program in Fall 2016
Undergrad researcher Kirsten Dawes graduated with her BS from UO in March, and will begin as a Ph.D. student at the University of Tennessee in the Fall. In the interim, she will continue working with CDUX, now as a staff member. Kirsten has worked on the Intel Parallel Computing Center project for the last two years, and will continue doing so for the next five months. Congratulations Kirsten!!
April 1, 2016
Undergrad Researcher Ouermi Timbwaoga Aime Judicael to Enroll as Ph.D. Student at the University of Utah
Undergrad researcher Ouermi Timbwaoga Aime Judicael (TAJO) has been accepted to the Ph.D. program at the University of Utah and will enroll there after graduation from UO. He will be working with Mike Kirby. Congratulations TAJO!!
March 15, 2016
Sudhanshu Sane to Join CDUX as Ph.D. Student
M.S. student Sudhanshu Sane has accepted an offer to begin as a CDUX Ph.D. student in Fall 2016. Sudhanshu is already a CDUX member, as an M.S. student. He will be exploring efficient flow visualization for his dissertation research. Welcome (again) Sudhanshu!
February 1, 2016
Ph.D. Student Nicole Marsaglia Joins CDUX
Ph.D. student Nicole Marsaglia has joined our team. Nicole is in the middle of her second year as a Ph.D. student. Nicole is still deciding on her research topic, but is leaning toward in situ compression. Welcome Nicole!
January 25, 2016
James Kress featured by UO
The University of Oregon Graduate School selected James Kress to be featured on their website. Congrats to James on the nice article, which includes details on his extended internship at Oak Ridge National Laboratory.
January 18, 2016
Staff Position at Lawrence Livermore for Matt Larsen
Congratulations to Matt Larsen, who begins his new staff position as a Computer Scientist at Lawrence Livermore this week! His job assignment will build on his Ph.D. work, including in situ visualization, rendering, and optimizing performance on many-core devices. Matt will continue in the Ph.D. program as a remote student, and will complete his dissertation from LLNL.
January 4, 2016
M.S. Student Sudhanshu Sane Joins CDUX
M.S. student Sudhanshu Sane has joined our team. Sudhanshu is in the middle of his second year as an M.S. student, and he plans to transition into the Ph.D. program in Fall '16. Sudhanshu is still deciding on his research topic, but is leaning towards flow visualization. Welcome Sudhanshu!
December 11, 2015
Samuel Li Receives NCAR ASP Award
Congratulations to Shaomeng (Samuel) Li for being selected for NCAR's Advanced Study Program! This program funds student researchers to spend time at NCAR's campus to work with NCAR researchers. Samuel will spend January thru March of 2016 in Boulder, CO working with John Clyne of NCAR, where they will continue looking at compression of scientific data sets using wavelets.
November 15-20, 2015
CDUX at SC15
CDUX participated in many activities at the SC15 conference:
November 17, 2015
Two CDUX Students Present Research Results at ISAV
Two CDUX Ph.D. students presented their research results at the ISAV workshop, held in conjunction with SC15 in Austin, TX.
October 26, 2015
Three CDUX Students Present Research Results at LDAV
Three CDUX Ph.D. students presented their research results at the IEEE Large Data Analysis and Visualization Symposium in Chicago, IL:
September 25, 2015
M.S. Student Vincent Chen Joins CDUX
M.S. student Vincent Chen has joined our team. Vincent comes to us from the University of Toronto. He has previously participated in research on 3D scanning and printing. Vincent will be working on techniques for ray-tracing for scientific visualization. Welcome Vincent!
September 21, 2015
Undergraduate Researcher Ouermi Timbwaoga Aime Judicael Joins CDUX
Undergraduate student Ouermi Timbwaoga Aime Judicael (TAJO) has officially joined CDUX, after spending this past summer doing research with our team. TAJO is researching interpolation of Lagrangian particle tracers. He is double majoring in computer science and physics. Welcome TAJO!
September 16, 2015
M.S. Student Hang Xu Joins CDUX
M.S. student Hang Xu has joined our team. Hang has been at UO for two years, and plans to transition into the Ph.D. program. Hang will research visualization techniques on the Intel Xeon Phi in the context of the VisIt visualization program, with foci on cache usage and vector utilization. Welcome Hang!
September 15, 2015
International Computing for the Atmospheric Sciences Symposium
Hank Childs gave an invited presentation at the International Computing for the Atmospheric Sciences Symposium (iCAS2015) in Annecy, France today. The presentation focused on exascale visualization issues, including upcoming drivers for in situ processing, and ideas for transforming and reducing data for later exploration, such as wavelet compression and Lagrangian particle tracers.
September 1-2, 2015
VTK-m Code Sprint
June 15, 2015
Hank Childs Receives Teaching Award
Hank Childs received the Best Teacher Award at the CIS Department's commencement ceremony. The award was selected based on student nominations from the graduating class of 2015.
June 15, 2015
Matt Larsen Awarded J. Donald Hubbard Family Scholarship
Matt Larsen received the J. Donald Hubbard Family Scholarship in Computer and Information Science at the CIS Department's commencement ceremony. This scholarship is awarded to students who show an interest in human-computer interaction, computer graphics, or multimedia. Congratulations Matt!
June 15-19, 2015
Hartree Centre Summer School on Visualization
Hank Childs and Hamish Carr led a summer school on visualization in Warrington, England. The course was part of the Hartree Centre's Summer School series. The school consisted of five days of lectures and hands on exercises. Hank presented material for two of the five days, including exercises on parallel visualization. Other presenters were Robert Laramee of Swansea, David Pugmire of Oak Ridge, and Valerio Pascucci of the University of Utah.
June 12, 2015
8 CDUX Students Head To Internships, Including 15 Month Internship for James Kress
Eight CDUX students are heading off for summer internships. This includes every student in the group who wanted to pursue an internship.
June 1, 2015
Hank Childs Promoted to Associate Professor
Hank was promoted to Associate Professor and has been granted indefinite tenure. The promotion has been announced by the Department, and will take effect on August 15, 2015.
May 28, 2015
Hank Childs Receives UO Research Excellence Award for Outstanding Early Career
Hank received the University of Oregon Research Excellence Award for Outstanding Early Career, which is the highest university award for early career faculty. Only two awards were made campus-wide. More information on the award can be found here.
May 25, 2015
Matt Larsen Presents Research Results at EGPGV 2015
CDUX Ph.D. student Matt Larsen traveled to Cagliari, Italy to present his recent research results at the EuroGraphics Parallel Graphics and Visualization Symposium. His paper, titled Volume Rendering Via Data-Parallel Primitives Parallel Framework, contributed a new volume rendering algorithm based on the data-parallel primitive paradigm. His algorithm is raycasting-based and operates on unstructured meshes. Co-authors on the work include CDUX Ph.D. student Stephanie Labasan, Paul Navratil of TACC, Jeremy Meredith of Oak Ridge Lab, and Hank Childs.
May 20, 2015
Stephanie Labasan and Ryan Bleile Awarded Lawrence Graduate Scholar Fellowship
Two CDUX Ph.D. students, Ryan Bleile and Stephanie Labasan, have received Lawrence Graduate Scholar Fellowships. This Fellowship is highly competitive and this is thought to be the first time that two awards went to members of the same research group. The fellowship will fund the remainder of their Ph.D.'s, and both students will relocate to Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory to work with co-advisors at LLNL. Stephanie's proposal, "Optimal Power Scheduling for Visualization on Supercomputers" was sponsored by Barry Rountree and Peer-Timo Bremer. Ryan's proposal, "Simulating Monte Carlo Nuclear Particle Transport On Advanced Computing Architectures" was sponsored by Patrick Brantley and Matthew O'Brien.
May 15, 2015
Kristi Potter to Lead Workshop at IEEE Visualization 2015
Kristi Potter and her colleagues were notified that their workshop proposal at IEEE Visualization 2015 was accepted. The workshop is titled "Visualization for Decision Making Under Uncertainty" and will be held in October in Chicago, IL.
April 15, 2015
Matt Larsen Presents Research Results at PacificVis 2015
CDUX Ph.D. student Matt Larsen traveled to Hangzhou, China to present his recent research results at the IEEE Pacific Visualization Symposium. His paper, titled Ray-Tracing Within a Data Parallel Framework, demonstrated that the data-parallel primitive approach, currently en vogue for visualization on modern architectures, can achieve excellent performance with ray-tracing, an algorithm that has both unstructured memory accesses and high computational load. Co-authors on the work include Paul Navratil of TACC, Jeremy Meredith of Oak Ridge Lab, and Hank Childs.
March 19, 2015
Supercomputing Frontiers Conference
Hank Childs traveled to Singapore to deliver an invited presentation, titled "Data Exploration at the Exascale," at the Supercomputing Frontiers Conference. Hank also delivered a second talk, titled "Exascale Visualization: Why Portable Performance Will Change Visualization Software," on behalf of collaborator Ken Moreland of Sandia Lab.
February 9, 2015
Samuel Li Wins a Best Paper at SPIE Conference on Visualization and Data Analysis
CDUX Ph.D. student Samuel Li received one of the Best Paper awards at the SPIE Conference on Visualization and Data Analysis in San Francisco, CA. Samuel's paper was titled Exploring Visualization Designs Using Phylogenetic Trees. This publication was a continuation of his M.S. research at Tufts University, where he was advised by Remco Chang. Remco and several other Tufts students were co-authors on the paper, along with Hank Childs.
January 26, 2015
Ph.D. Student Brent Lessley Joins CDUX
Ph.D. student Brent Lessley has joined our team. Brent had previously focused on machine learning and he plans to research directions at the intersection of Big Data, machine learning, and scientific visualization. Brent will initially study many-core visualization in the VTK-m library.
December 16, 2014
Farewell to Erik Anderson
We wish Erik Anderson all the best, as he relocates from Eugene to Boston for his job at EGI. We will continue our collaboration on tractography visualization with Erik remotely.
December 16, 2014
Hank Childs Presents Research Results at HiPC 2014
Hank Childs traveled to Goa, India to present recent research results at the IEEE International Conference on High Performance Computing (HiPC). The work, titled Particle Advection Performance Over Varied Architectures and Workloads, studied performance of flow visualization workloads over diverse workloads. Co-authors on the work include three researchers from UO -- Scott Biersdorff, David Poliakoff, and Prof. Allen Malony -- and David Camp from Lawrence Berkeley Lab.
November 17-22 2014
Intel Booth Demo at SC14
ACM/IEEE SuperComputing (SC14) conference in New Orleans, LA. The demonstration highlighted recent successes from our team's Intel Parallel Computing Center. Specifically, the demo showed VisIt running on an Intel Xeon Phi, doing significant computation on the Phi, and rendering with Intel's SWR library on Xeon CPUs.Ryan Bleile, Kirsten Dawes, and students from the University of Tennessee at Knoxville pulled together a successful demo for the Intel booth at the
November 10, 2014
Best Paper at LDAV
LDAV in Paris. The work, titled Improved Post Hoc Flow Analysis Via Lagrangian Representations, came out of the research from Hank's Early Career Award. The work compares the traditional paradigm for exploring unsteady state flow --- saving time slices and interpolating velocity fields between these time slices --- with a new one. The new paradigm employs Lagrangian tracers in situ during simulation execution and then interpolates positions between these tracers. The paper's experiments showed that the Lagrangian approach is faster, more accurate, and takes less storage than the traditional approach.Hank Childs was part of the team that received Best Paper at
September 4, 2014
Department of Energy Funds XVis Grant
The Department of Energy has funded the XVis team to pursue research topics on exascale visualization. The team is led by Ken Moreland of Sandia, and includes partners at Oak Ridge, Los Alamos, Kitware, UC Davis, and CDUX. Funding for this grant runs through 2017.
July 13-18, 2014
Hartree Summer School on Visualization
Hank Childs and Hamish Carr led a summer school on visualization for the Hartree Centre in Warrington, England. The school consisted of five days of lectures and hands on exercises. Hank presented material for two of the five days, including exercises on parallel visualization.
June 17, 2014
Ph.D. Student Roba Binyahib Joins CDUX
Roba Binyahib has officially joined CDUX. Roba's interests are in visualization of large data sets. She previously completed a M.S. degree at KAUST, and worked for Saudi Aramco.
June 17, 2014
Undergraduate Researchers Kirsten Dawes and Elliott Ewing Join CDUX
June 1-6, 2014
Hank Childs and Kristi Potter both participated in a week-long seminar at Schloss Dagstuhl on Scientific Visualization in Wadern, Germany. Hank presented on the topic of exascale visualization, and Kristi presented on uncertainty visualization.
April 30, 2014
Ryan Bleile to Join Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory for Summer Internship
CDUX member Ryan Bleile accepted an internship with Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory in Livermore, CA for summer 2014. He will be working with Shawn Dawson in the B Division code group on Monte Carlo Transport in the many core space.
April 9, 2014
Intel Parallel Computing Center
CDUX will be part of an Intel Parallel Computing Center aimed at making the VisIt visualization software excel on Intel's Xeon Phi architecture. This project is in collaboration with Sean Ahern and Jian Huang at the University of Tennessee at Knoxville.
April 7, 2014
Jordan Weiler Accepts Offer to Join Emberex After graduation
CDUX member Jordan Weiler has accepted an offer to join Emberex in Eugene, OR as a full-time developer after his June graduation. He will be supporting a large project involved with Cengage Learning.
March 31, 2014
Matt Larsen to Join Oak Ridge National Laboratory for Summer Internship
CDUX member Matt Larsen accepted an internship with Oak Ridge National Laboratory in Oak Ridge, TN for summer 2014. He will be working with Jeremy Meredith in the Computer Science and Mathematics Division on the development of EAVL (Extreme-scale Analysis and Visualization Library) volume renderer.
March 31, 2014
James Kress to Join Oak Ridge National Laboratory for Summer Internship
CDUX member James kress accepted an internship with Oak Ridge National Laboratory in Oak Ridge, TN for summer 2014. He will be working with Dave Pugmire in the Computer Science and Mathematics Division on the development and extension of EAVL (Extreme-scale Analysis and Visualization Library).
March 25-26, 2014
EU Regional School in Aachen
Hank Childs taught a short course titled Visualization and Analysis of Very Large Data for the EU Regional School being held in Aachen, Germany. Hank also gave invited talks at RWTZ-Aachen and the Julich Supercomputing Centre (JSC).
February 14, 2014
Stephanie Labasan to Join Intel for Summer Internship
CDUX member Stephanie Labasan accepted an internship with Intel in Hillsboro, OR for summer 2014. She will be working on software for energy and power analysis in the Software and Services Group.
February 3, 2014
Oregon State Visit
Kristi Potter gave a colloquium talk at the School of Electrical Engineering & Computer Science at Oregon State University on the visualization of statistical uncertainty. In addition to the talk, she also spent the day meeting with faculty and staff.
January 5-10, 2014
Hank Childs participated in a week-long seminar at Schloss Dagstuhl on Connecting Performance Analysis and Visualization to Advance Extreme Scale Computing in Wadern, Germany. Hank presented material on the lessons learned from scientific visualization, how these lessons might benefit performance visualization, and motivated the presentation by describing some of his experiences visualizing the performance of his own programs.
December 16, 2013
Ph.D. Student Matthew Larsen Joins CDUX
CIS Ph.D. student Matthew Larsen joined CDUX today. Matt is passionate about computer graphics and will work on the GraviT ray-tracing project.
December 5, 2013
Conoco Phillips Funds VisIt-Related Project
November 18, 2013
VisIt Tutorial at SC13
Hank Childs participated in the tutorial Effective HPC Visualization and Data Analysis using VisIt at the SC13 conference in Denver, CO. The tutorial was organized by Cyrus Harrison of Lawrence Livermore. This was the fourth tutorial on VisIt presented at the SC conference.
October 21, 2013
Hank Childs to Serve as Papers Co-Chair for LDAV 2014
Hank Childs will serve as Papers Co-Chair for the 4th IEEE Symposium on Large Data Analysis and Visualization, which will be co-located with IEEE Vis Week in Paris, France in November of 2014. Renato Pajarola and Venkat Vishwanath will also serve as Papers Co-Chairs.
October 17, 2013
Panel at IEEE Visualization 2013
Hank Childs organized and participated in a panel at the IEEE Visualization conference in Atlanta, GA. The panel, titled "Challenges for Scientific Visualization Software," focused on challenges such as programming models for future architectures, maximizing performance for future architectures, application architecture and data management, data models, and rendering. The panel was inspired by the paper Hank and others wrote for Computer Magazine in May of 2013.
October 16, 2013
James Kress Selected as Member of Graduate Student Advisory Board
James Kress was selected to be a member of the Graduate Student Advisory Board on campus. The mission of the board is to help the Graduate School create a supportive community for graduate students, provide workshops that enhance the quality of the graduate experience, and identify and share resources for professional development. This board consists of 25 members representing all of the schools on campus, of which he is one of only two from the STEM fields, and the only one for computer science. This will be a recurring position for the next five years.
September 16, 2013
Three of our incoming Ph.D. students -- James Kress, Stephanie Labasan, and Ryan Bleile -- began at UO and their research with CDUX today. We also welcomed second year Master's student, Jordan Weiler. Our fourth incoming Ph.D. student, Samuel Li, arrived in June and has already begun his research.
September 13, 2013
NSF Funds Ray-Tracing Project
The NSF announced that they would fund the SI2 proposal "A Comprehensive Ray Tracing Framework for Visualization in Distributed-Memory Parallel Environments." Our project team will develop the "GraviT" library, which will provide very high quality graphics for very large data sets and be deployable within scientific visualization tools and on diverse platforms. The project is led by Paul Navratil of TACC and also includes partners at ParaTools, Inc and the University of Utah. The library will build on the work that Paul and Hank won best paper for at EGPGV 2012 in Cagliari, Italy.
September 11, 2013
Keynote Presentation at VMV 2013
Hank Childs delivered one of the keynote presentations at the 18th International Workshop on Vision, Modeling, and Visualization (VMV 2013), held in Lugano, Switzerland. The presentation was titled "Hybrid Parallelism For Visualization" and discussed Hank's recent research on the topic and its connection to exascale visualization.
August 30, 2013
CDUX Is Named!
Our naming contest came to an end and the winning entry, from James Kress, is CDUX: Computing and Data Understanding at eXtreme Scale. CDUX -- pronounced "sea ducks", which is a play on the University of Oregon team name -- barely beat out Stephanie Labasan's suggestion of CVESL ("sea vessel") in a vote by group members. James was awarded an Amazon gift card.
August 26, 2013
SciDAC SDAV Institute: Scalable Data Management, Analysis, and Visualization
The SDAV Institute has issued a sub-contract to the University of Oregon to help meet its mission of delivering cutting-edge visualization and analysis software to Department of Energy users. Hank previously was parted of SDAV during his time at Lawrence Berkeley, and serves on the team's Executive Council and as the Chair of its Software Committee. Funding for this grant runs through 2017.
August 1, 2013
Erik Anderson Joins CDUX
We are pleased to announce that Erik Anderson will help direct the CDUX research group. Erik recently moved to Eugene to research issues with medical visualization at Electrical Geodesics, Inc., and also will have a courtesy faculty appointment in the CIS Department. Erik received his Ph.D. in 2011 from the University of Utah.
July 29, 2013
Department of Energy Career Award
The Department of Energy has transferred Hank Childs' Early Career Award to the University of Oregon. The research for this grant focuses on exascale visualization are is described in depth here. Funding for this grant runs through 2017.
June 17, 2013
Kristi Potter Officially Joins UO and CDUX
Kristi Potter has finally joined us at the University of Oregon. She will work as the visualization evangelist for the UO campus as part of CASSPR and also will have a courtesy faculty appointment in the CIS Department. Kristi will also help direct the CDUX research group. Hank heavily recruited Kristi to take the job, and said that they would form a research group together (CDUX). She received her Ph.D. in 2010 from the University of Utah.
April 22-25, 2013
Department of Energy Computer Graphics Forum
Hank Childs served as the site chair for the Department of Energy Computer Graphics Forum. The meeting, which was attended by approximately thirty Department of Energy visualization experts, was held at the Benson Hotel in Portland, OR, and was organized by UO.
April 15-17, 2013
KAUST Visualization Summit
April 15, 2013
Four Ph.D. Students Commit to CDUX
All four Ph.D. offers made by the CDUX team were accepted. We are excited to welcome (in order of acceptance):
March 1, 2013
Hank Childs Starts at UO
Hank Childs has joined the University of Oregon, as an assistant professor. He will be shared with the visualization group at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, where he was worked since 2009. He leaves UC Davis, where he worked with the IDAV research group, also since 2009. Prior to that, Hank worked at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory from 1999 to 2009.