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Visualizing gyrokinetic simulations

By David Crawford, Kwan-liu Ma, Min-yu Huang, Scott Klasky and Stephane Ethier


Figure 1: Interactive volume visualization for gyrokinetic simulations presents some unique challenges to existing commercial software packages due to the mesh structure, size, and complexity of the data. The continuing advancement of plasma science is central to realizing fusion as an inexpensive and safe energy source. Gryokinetic simulations of plasmas are fundamental to the understanding of turbulent transport in fusion plasma. This paper discusses the visualization challenges presented by gyrokinetic simulations using magnetic field line following coordinates, and presents an effective solution exploiting programmable graphics hardware to enable interactive volume visualization of 3D plasma flow on a toroidal coordinate system. The new visualization capability can help scientists better understand three-dimensional structures of the modeled phenomena. Both the limitations and future promise of the hardware-accelerated approach are also discussed

Topics: graphics hardware, non-rectilinear mesh, plasma physics, scientific visualization, texture methods, volume visualization
Publisher: IEEE Computer Society
Year: 2004
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