Nuclear teams get viz package

Nuclear teams get viz package

The Energy Department has awarded Computational Engineering International Inc. a three-year, $1.8 million contract to develop high-performance visualization software.

The Morrisville, N.C., company will extend the scalability of its EnSight Gold visualization product so that Energy's Accelerated Strategic Computing Initiative researchers can render scenes from data sets that are 1T and larger. The detailed simulations of aging nuclear weapons done for ASCI often produce such massive data sets.

Jim Danneskiold, a spokesman for Los Alamos National Laboratory in New Mexico, said the software project will benefit Los Alamos researchers as well as their colleagues at the other ASCI sites, Sandia National Laboratories and Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory.

The ASCI program has loaned Computational Engineering an eight-processor SGI Onyx2 graphics computer for the development project, Computational Engineering president Kent Misegades said. The ASCI Blue Mountain supercomputer at Los Alamos is an SGI Origin2000.

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