November 13, 2009: EVL SAGE Highlights @ SC09

Supercomputing 2009 (SC09) is the premier International Conference for High Performance Computing, Networking, Storage and Analysis. Established 21 years ago, the conference has built a diverse community of participants including researchers, scientists, computing center staff members, IT and data center management, application developers, computer manufacturing personnel, program managers, journalists and congressional staffers. This diversity is one of the conference's main strengths, making it a yearly "must attend" forum for stakeholders throughout the technical computing community.

SC09 is also a key venue for the UIC Electronic Visualization Laboratory (EVL) to meet with its worldwide SAGE user community. Several EVL faculty, staff and students plan to attend the conference during the week of November 16, and are organizing a Birds-of-a-Feather (BOF) session in order to talk with SAGE users and solicit technical feedback and application stories. The National Science Foundation (NSF) recently awarded EVL a 3-year grant to transition SAGE from a research prototype to a hardened technology for cyberinfrastructure, and user input is critical. EVL's goal is to develop production-quality, community-driven, open services for visualization and collaboration, foster the growth of the burgeoning SAGE user community, and create a forum for developers and users to contribute new tools, capabilities and applications.

SAGE, the Scalable Adaptive Graphics Environment, is cross-platform, open-source middleware that enables users worldwide to have a common operating environment, or framework, to access, stream and juxtapose data objects -- whether digital cinema animations, high-resolution images, high-definition video-teleconferencing, presentation slides, documents, spreadsheets or laptop screens -- on one or more tiled display walls. SAGE is an outgrowth of the NSF-funded OptIPuter project, <> whose goal was to enable collaborating scientists to interactively explore massive amounts of previously uncorrelated data by developing new architectures for shared e-science facilities. Early adaptors are creating a nascent international user community that is referred to as the OptIPlanet Collaboratory.


EVL is hosting a SAGE Birds-of-a-Feather (BOF) at SC09.

* Tuesday, November 17
* 12:15PM - 01:15PM
* Oregon Convention Center, Portland, Room A107-108


Members of the SAGE User Community are showcasing several SAGE applications in their research booths at SC09. As of today, we are aware of the following demos:

DUTCH RESEARCH CONSORTIUM (BOOTH #2154) The SARA Computing and Networking Services facility of The Netherlands plans several SAGE demonstrations:
* Video streaming from Amsterdam to Portland, in cooperation with the University of Amsterdam, of 4K, 2K and 1K video material
* A parameter study of a global climate simulation, project Essence, showing 36 different variables simultaneously
* CosmoGrid, a large-scale cosmological dark-matter simulation, displaying 8128x5248 pre-generated content, while comparing to lower resolutions to show added value
* FlySafe, a project that tracks and predicts bird migration patterns to aid flight safety
* Pinnacle, a project simulating flow dynamics in warming air layers

The Texas Advanced Computing Center (TACC) is deploying an NSF-funded ultra-scale visualization cluster "Longhorn" at its facility in Austin, Texas, and uses SAGE to demonstrate Longhorn's large-scale remote visualization and collaboration capabilities. Using SAGE and the TeraGrid's 10Gbps network, large-scale visualizations coming off Longhorn are displayed on a 36-Megapixel tiled display wall in the TACC booth on the show floor. In addition, the University of Queensland in Australia streams uncompressed and DXT-compressed full-HD live camera feeds and visualization streams to the TACC booth using SAGE over AARNet, Pacific Wave, and NLR PacketNet. These streams are also forwarded to the Dell booth on the show floor.

Osaka University of Japan plans two demonstrations:
* Uncompressed HDTV on a tiled display wall: Osaka University and NTT use NTT's i-Visto uncompressed HDTV player and SAGE to stream video in real time to a tiled display wall in Osaka's booth on the show floor
* Application Control Module for SAGE: Users view and compare multiple drug docking simulation results on a tiled display wall in Osaka University's booth that are calculated on distributed computational grid resources in Japan and the US. Osaka's Application Control Module enables users to manipulate the applications themselves as well as manage their windows using a SAGE UI.

About EVL

The Electronic Visualization Laboratory (EVL) at University of Illinois at Chicago is a graduate research laboratory specializing in the research and development of networked, high-resolution visualization, collaboration and virtual-reality display hardware and software systems, and the design and implementation of international networking infrastructure. It is a joint effort of UIC?s College of Engineering and School of Art and Design, and represents the oldest formal collaboration between engineering and art in the country offering graduate MS, PhD and MFA degrees. EVL has received worldwide recognition for developing the CAVE? and ImmersaDesk? virtual-reality systems, and, more recently, the GeoWall low-cost passive stereo display, the LambdaVision tiled display, the Varrier autostereoscopic display, and the LambdaTable and TacTile horizontal high-resolution displays. EVL receives major funding from the National Science Foundation (NSF). EVL is a founding member of StarLight and the Global Lambda Integrated Facility (GLIF), and was a lead institution of the NSF-funded OptIPuter project. List archives and management: SAGE site:

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