Visual Exploration and Sampling Toolkit for Extreme Computing (VESTEC)
TimeTuesday, June 23rd4:42pm - 4:44pm
DescriptionResponding to disasters such as wildfires, hurricanes, flooding, earthquakes, tsunamis, winter weather conditions, and accidents; technological advances are creating exciting new opportunities that have the potential to move HPC well beyond traditional computational workloads. While HPC has a long history of simulating disasters, what’s missing to support emergency real-time decision making during disasters is a combination of fast, real-time acquisition of data, the ability to guarantee time constraints, and powerful in-situ methods that can interact with simulations on the fly. The Visual Exploration and Sampling Toolkit for Extreme Computing (VESTEC) project, funded by H2020 and led by DLR, is exploring this emerging use-case. With nine project partners from across numerous areas of expertise, this multi-disciplinary project aims to develop the technologies and techniques required to demonstrate the role that HPC can play in this emerging application domain. Running over three years, the project is driven by three use-cases; fighting wildfires, tackling the spread of mosquito borne diseases, and mitigating extreme space weather. These are used to both drive and evaluate our efforts across many contributing technologies including visualisation (e.g. Intel’s OSPRay, Sorbonne University’s TTK, and ParaView from Kitware), real-time data acquisition including manipulation (handling and pre-processing of data streams), HPC (running the required simulations on supercomputers, typically fed with the received real-time data) and workflows which couple all the facets together. The challenges here are significant, but if HPC can be proven as a tool in responding to real-world disaster, then the impact for our community could be huge.