OpenSpace – Visualizing the Universe
TimeThursday, 21 November 20198:30am - 9:15am
DescriptionThis talk will present and demonstrate the NASA funded open source initiative, OpenSpace, which is a tool for space and astronomy research and communication, as well as a platform for technical visualization research. OpenSpace is a scalable software platform that paves the path for the next generation of public outreach in immersive environments such as dome theaters and planetariums. It opens up the possibilities to dynamically load and visualize large scale data from HPC simulations, distributed data repositories, and data feeds from space craft instrumentation. The technical focus will be on interactive data visualization on clustered high-end GPUs and in the presentation a number of features will be described and demonstrated such as: globe browsing which enables contextualization of extreme resolution imagery of planetary surfaces, interactive visualization of large star fields e.g., 1 billion stars from the Gaia DR2 data release, and volumetric rendering of MHD simulations of coronal mass ejections and operational space weather forecasting. The presentation will conclude with a journey to the end of the observable universe and the big bang. The project builds on a collaboration between Linköping University, The American Museum of Natural History, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, New York University, University of Utah, and University of Vienna.