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Updated: July 8th, 2008 05:26 PM CDT

Sandia National Labs Visualizes Some of the World's Largest Simulations Using NVIDIA(R) Technology

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ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. and CLIFTON PARK, N.Y. and SANTA CLARA, Calif., Nov. 15/PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Sandia National Labs, Kitware, Inc., and NVIDIACorporation (Nasdaq: NVDA) today announced a major advance in large-datascientific visualization and rendering for simulations being run on Sandia'snew supercomputer, Red Storm. Sandia's Red RoSE visualization cluster is beingused to render this data, allowing scientists to analyze real world problemswith extraordinary precision and fidelity in fields such as national defenseand security, aerospace, and environmental research.

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These results were achieved with ParaView (, an opensource visualization application, running on Red RoSE, one of the world's mostpowerful visualization clusters. Developed by Kitware, Inc.(, ParaView enables parallel graphics processing across alarge number of NVIDIA Quadro cards in the Red RoSE visualization cluster.This achievement stems directly from sustained efforts to deliver scalablevisualization technologies through strategic investments and developments bythe National Nuclear Security Administration's (NNSA) Advanced Simulation andComputing (ASC) program and the ASC tri-labs, Sandia National Laboratories(SNL), Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL), and Lawrence Livermore NationalLaboratory (LLNL).

Visualization is an integral component of ASC and is essential tounderstanding the massive data produced in simulations being run in thenational labs. Such simulation results can be enormous (often terabytes insize) and can provide a unique challenge to the visualization systems taskedwith the processing of this data.

The "Red RoSE" cluster, which is part of the infrastructure deployed atSandia in support of the Red Storm environment, includes 264 visualizationnodes (workstations), each comprised of the following:

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