MCP: Collaborative Visual Exploration and Presentation

Visualization plays a crucial role in many SeRC projects. In this flagship initiative, we aim at integrating visualization early on in the discovery process, in order to reduce data movement and computation times. 


Within many SeRC reseach projects, visualization is currently often established as the last step of a long pipeline of compute and data intensive processing stages. While the importance of this use of visualization is well known, facilitating visualization as a final step is not enough when dealing with e-Science applications. As data sets are becoming larger and tasks more compute intensive, the need to integrate visualization early on in the discovery process is of increasing importance, in order to reduce data movement and computation times. Furthermore, this early integration enables an adaption of the visualization algorithms to the data, and intermediate visual results become possible without the need for visualization-based data processing. Within this flagship program we address the challenges arising from the early collaborations enabled by these in-situ visualizations. We investigate which role visualization plays to strengthen such collaborations, by enabling a more direct interaction between domain experts within SeRC. The developed concepts are targeted towards the exploration of data, as well as the presentation of the findings. To ensure the relevance of the developed concepts, we collaborate with SeRC researchers from different communities.


To develop the proposed concepts, it is of uttermost importance to know the demands of the different communities. We have selected a representative subset of communities with which we intensify the collaboration within this flagship program. These communities include:


  • Bioinformatics
  • Electronic Structure
  • FLOW
  • Molecular Simulation

The goal is to better understand these domain experts’. Once the concepts developed within this flagship program are satisfying for these communities, the circle of projects will be widened to bring in other SeRC researchers to use and validate the developed methods.

On the long term we expect that the outcome of this flagship initiative has a significant contribution on the scientific discoveries made within SeRC.