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SAGE Highlights at SC09

SC09 BIRDS OF A FEATHER (BOF): Next Generation Scalable Adaptive Graphics Environment (SAGE) for Global Collaboration

Oregon Convention Center, Portland, Oregon
November 17, 2009

SAGEUser SC09 Placard - , size 1.89 MB, (posted on 2012-11-06): SAGE USER SIGNAGE

SC09 SAGE BOF. Photo: Ratko Jagodic, UIC/EVL

This session discussed next generation SAGE development by its global community of users. As globally distributed research teams work more closely to solve complex problems utilizing high-performance cyber-infrastructure, the need for high-resolution visualization is becoming more critical. An OptIPortal is an ultra-resolution visualization display instrument interconnected by optical networks that enables the creation of “cyber-mashups,” juxtapositions of data visualizations. OptIPortals have been identified as a crucial cyberinfrastructure technology. Early adopters embraced SAGE as a common middleware that works in concert with many visualization applications, enabling users to simultaneously stream and juxtapose multiple visualizations on OptIPortals leveraging high-speed networks. SAGE is currently a research prototype that must become a hardened technology. In the BoF, we will present technical details of SAGE middleware, including recent extensions and algorithm improvements. The goal of the BOF is to present and solicit feedback about the SAGE roadmap, hear about community-developed use cases and applications.

LEIGH-RENAMBOT-NAM-JAGODIC-SC09 SAGE BOF - , size 10.82 MB, (posted on 2012-11-06): Introductions and Overview – Jason Leigh, UIC/EVL

SAGE Use Case Highlights – Moderator: Maxine Brown, UIC/EVL
LEIGH-RENAMBOT-NAM-JAGODIC-SC09 SAGE BOF - , size 10.82 MB, (posted on 2012-11-06): EVL Cyber-Commons and Obama Inauguration – Jason Leigh, UIC/EVL

GAITHER SC09 SAGE BOF - , size 1.82 MB, (posted on 2012-11-06) – Kelly Gaither, TACC

WIELINGA SC09 SAGE BOF - , size 2.76 MB, (posted on 2012-11-06) – Paul Wielinga, SARA

LEIGH-RENAMBOT-NAM-JAGODIC-SC09 SAGE BOF - , size 10.82 MB, (posted on 2012-11-06): SAGE Roadmap – Luc Renambot, UIC/EVL

SAGE Applications and Capabilities – Moderator: Jason Leigh, UIC/EVL

JEONG SC09 SAGE BOF - , size 5.26 MB, (posted on 2012-11-06): SAGE Research – Byungil Jeong, TACC

DESCHPANDE SC09 BOF - , size 381.68 kB, (posted on 2012-11-06): SAGE System and Applications Research: Inter-tile Synchronization and SAGE Application Widgets – Sachin Deshpande, Sharp Laboratories of America

SAGE Inter-tile Synchronization and ParaView Interaction – Sungwon Nam, UIC/EVL

NAM SAGE Sync Comparison HD - , size 95.13 MB, (posted on 2012-11-06): Movie: SAGE Sync Comparison

NAM SAGE ParaView Interaction HD - , size 157.87 MB, (posted on 2012-11-06): Movie: SAGE ParaView Interaction

JAGODIC SAGE Interaction HD - , size 163.6 MB, (posted on 2012-11-06): Movie: SAGE Interaction

Discussion and Next Steps – Moderator: Jason Leigh, UIC/EVL


Dutch Research Consortium
The SARA Computing and Networking Services facility of The Netherlands conducted several SAGE demonstrations:

  • Video streaming from Amsterdam to Portland, in cooperation with the University of Amsterdam, of 4K, 2K and 1K video material
  • A parameter study of a global climate simulation, project Essence, showing 36 different variables simultaneously
  • CosmoGrid, a large-scale cosmological dark-matter simulation, displaying 8128×5248 pre-generated content, while comparing to lower resolutions to show added value
  • FlySafe, a project that tracks and predicts bird migration patterns to aid flight safety
  • Pinnacle, a project simulating flow dynamics in warming air layers

Images of famous artwork from Japan’s National Institute of Information and Communications Technology (NICT) and Taiwan’s National Center for High Performance Computing (NCHC) were displayed on the NICT SC09 tiled display wall. NICT developed an iPhone interface that enabled users to zoom and pan through the images to see details.

Northwestern University and the HPDMnet Consortium
The High Performance Digital Media Network (HPDMnet) is an experimental network research initiative that is designing, developing and implementing the world’s first international high-performance service specifically created for high-quality, large-scale digital media, including support for extremely high-volume media streams. Led by Northwestern University, and located in the National Center for Data Mining booth at SC09, members of the HPDMnet Consortium streamed 3D high-resolution visualizations in real time from the National Center for Supercomputing Applications at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 3D medical imaging streamed from CRC in Canada, a 3D virtual world for nanotechnology science from Northwestern in Chicago, and digital art compositions and live camera streams (showing SAGE on a local tiled display) from Braunschweig University of Technology in Germany.

Osaka University
Osaka University of Japan did two SAGE demonstrations:

  • Uncompressed HDTV on a tiled display wall: Osaka University and NTT used NTT’s i-Visto uncompressed HDTV player and SAGE to stream video in real time to a tiled display wall in Osaka’s booth on the show floor
  • Application Control Module for SAGE: Users viewed and compared multiple drug docking simulation results on a tiled display wall in Osaka University’s booth that were calculated on distributed computational grid resources in Japan and the US. Osaka’s Application Control Module enabled users to manipulate the applications themselves as well as manage their windows using a SAGE UI.

TACC, DELL, SARA AND University of Queensland
The Texas Advanced Computing Center (TACC) deployed an NSF-funded ultra-scale visualization cluster “Longhorn” at its facility in Austin, Texas, and used SAGE to demonstrate Longhorn’s large-scale remote visualization and collaboration capabilities. Using SAGE and the TeraGrid’s 10Gbps network, large-scale visualizations coming off Longhorn were displayed on a 36-Megapixel tiled display wall in the TACC booth on the show floor. In addition, the University of Queensland in Australia streamed uncompressed and DXT-compressed full-HD live camera feeds and visualization streams to the TACC booth using SAGE over AARNet, Pacific Wave, and NLR PacketNet. These streams are also forwarded to the Dell booth and to SARA in the Dutch Research Consortium booth on the show floor.

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