TACC powers large-scale remote visual analysis via Intel oneAPI tools

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October 26, 2021 – The Texas Advanced Computing Center (TACC) at the University of Texas at Austin, one of the world’s leading high-performance computing centers, expands its Intel Graphics and Visualization Institute of Xellence (Intel GVI) to an Intel oneAPI Center of excellence.

The center operates two of the most powerful university supercomputers in the United States – Frontera and Stampede2 – and more than a dozen advanced computer systems in total. Tens of thousands of scientists and students each year use TACC’s supercomputers to answer complex questions in all fields of science.

As Intel GVI, TACC worked with developers Kitware and ParaView to use the Intel oneAPI Rendering Toolkit to test and power remote analysis capabilities on TACC’s larger supercomputing systems. This work offers global benefits to the HPC community by providing high-fidelity visualization tools for all computational scales.

Becoming an Intel oneAPI Center of Excellence, TACC continues to advance its compute and visualization libraries such as Galaxy, and will utilize oneAPI single-source programming, Intel-powered ray tracing libraries, as well as CPU hardware. Intel and Xe GPU for science simulations that employ algorithms and techniques to deliver new science through rapid in situ visual analysis.

Flexible, unified programming and optimized performance with Intel oneAPI toolkits will enable high-fidelity interactive analysis on TACC computing platforms without having to implement device-specific routines for each system.

“Intel has been a strong partner with TACC and an innovator in visual analysis techniques to unravel the mysteries of science at the greatest scales,” said Paul Navrátil, Director of Visualization at TACC and Director of the Center of Excellence Intel GVI and Intel oneAPI.

“We are delighted to continue to work with Intel and the talented teams of the oneAPI ecosystem to advance the capabilities to find solutions to the problems of today and tomorrow, and effectively communicate these results to our stakeholders and communities. “

Kitware’s ParaView and Intelligent Light’s VisIt are just two examples of applications that are compatible with the Intel oneAPI rendering toolkit supported by TACC. These compute and visualization capabilities provide users around the world with the ability to perform high-fidelity analysis on data generated on TACC systems without having to migrate to a separate machine, and this flexibility allows designers of TACC systems to leverage themselves. focus on optimizing the capabilities of the entire system without incorporating a separate analysis subsystem.

“Paul and the TACC and Kitware teams are the backbone of the Intel Graphics and Visualization Institutes,” said Jim Jeffers, senior senior engineer and senior director of Intel Advanced Rendering and Visualization. “They are developing advanced scan codes such as Galaxy, the Visualization ToolKit, and performing large-scale testing of widely used visualization applications such as ParaView and VisIt. Of particular importance is the compute resources and support for all Intel GVIs provided by TACC.

Jeffers continued, “TACC’s expanded role as a oneAPI center of excellence will be a cornerstone for top scientists around the world to tackle climate change, sustainable energy production, pandemics and globalization. many other pressing challenges.

About oneAPI

oneAPI is an open, unified, multi-architecture programming model for processors and accelerator architectures (GPU, FPGA and others). Based on standards, the programming model simplifies software development and provides uncompromising performance for accelerated computation without proprietary locking, while allowing for the integration of legacy code. With oneAPI, developers can choose the best architecture for the specific problem they are trying to solve without having to rewrite the software for the next architecture and platform.

About the Intel oneAPI Rendering Toolkit

The Intel oneAPI Render Toolkit is a set of open source libraries that enables the creation of high performance, high fidelity, scalable, and cost effective visualization applications and solutions. Its libraries provide rendering kernels and middleware for Intel platforms for maximum flexibility, performance, and technical transparency. The toolkit supports Intel processors and future Xe architectures (GPUs). It includes award-winning software Intel Embree, Intel Open, Image Denoise, Intel, Open Volume Kernel Library, Intel OSPRay, Intel OpenSWR, and other components and utilities.

About TACC

The Texas Advanced Computing Center (TACC) at the University of Texas at Austin is one of the world’s leading high-performance computing centers. TACC’s mission is to enable discoveries that advance science and society through the application of advanced computer technologies. The center operates two of the most powerful university supercomputers in the United States – Frontera and Stampede2 – and more than a dozen advanced computer systems in total. Tens of thousands of scientists and students each year use TACC’s supercomputers to answer complex questions in all fields of science. TACC staff also encourage, educate and train the next generation of researchers, empowering them to make world-changing discoveries.


Source: Faith Singer, Texas Advanced Computing Center

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