Segments in this Video

Visualization and Haptic Feedback (01:36)


By using supercomputers and specialized feedback tools, it is possible to virtually recreate the "feel" of the human body -- internal and external -- through a digital representation.

Massive Volume of Data & Many Applications (03:23)

The amount of scientific data being produced is increasing exponentially, making it harder than ever to analyze. This data is being used in dramatically different ways across all fields of science.

Visualization for Homeland Security (01:20)

Post 9/11 the Government commissioned the ability to get very high resolution photographs of major cities. The amount of data involved in the project requires very specific data management in order to be properly analyzed.

A Supercomputing Problem (03:07)

Scientists today are producing far more data than they can hope to analyze within their lifetime. Many projects are being held back by the limitations of current supercomputing power to visualize their data.

Visualization of Air Traffic Navigation (01:28)

Air traffic visualization is very outdated presently and is expected to be fully outdated by about 2015. New projects are underway to modernize the visualization involved for improved air traffic control.

Keeping a Human in the Loop (02:18)

One major problem with the vast amounts of data being computed is having it make sense for an individual. Developing new ways to present this information to people and letting people be a part of the presentation of the data is essential to its utility.

Oceanic Monitoring (02:24)

Visualization and research involving the oceans and other geo-centric studies require huge amounts of data from multiple sources working in concert. These visualizations require oceanic, atmospheric, geologic and other data feeds, combined, in order to generate accurate models.

Crime Analysis (00:41)

Through advanced CT scans, it is possible to perform a sort of "digital autopsy" which generates far more data than can be found via a traditional autopsy.

Limitations of the Internet (02:05)

As the size of data sets continues to increase, the limitations of standard Internet speeds pose problems. Research groups have developed a few workarounds to deal with these bandwidth limitations.

Displaying Visualizations Remotely (02:16)

A great deal of research is going in to finding a good way to allow remote interactivity and display of large-dataset visualizations remotely. This would allow scientists to view and share their data with anyone, anywhere, no matter where the data and processing is happening.

Moving Visualization to Interactivity (02:17)

A major challenge facing visualization today is moving the technology beyond a set of static images and into a "live" format where the visualization can be manipulated and studied dynamically.

Expanding Visualization Adoption (02:23)

Companies that perform complex visualizations are working hard to expand their market and encourage more researchers to engage in complex visualization. The limitations of two-dimensional data representation are already upon us, and advanced visualization will be necessary in almost all research fields in order to properly understand the data being produced.

Credits: Supercomputing: The Power of Visualization (01:18)

Credits: Supercomputing: The Power of Visualization

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Astonishing ways to share scientific data are emerging in the digital age. This program explores the phenomenal growth of supercomputing and its impact on medicine, oceanography, air traffic control, law enforcement, and other fields. Showcasing practical examples of dynamic visualization technology, the video looks at three-dimensional renderings of cities accurate to the square foot, medical imaging capabilities on the cellular level, and instantaneous collaboration between laboratories a hemisphere apart. Commentary by virtual reality pioneer Jaron Lanier and other innovators underscores the need to recognize the human factor in the age of supercomputers. (27 minutes)

Length: 28 minutes

Item#: BVL35104

ISBN: 978-1-4213-3175-1

Copyright date: ©2005

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