parallel visualization of ugrid results?

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Bert Jagers

Sep 7, 2012, 4:34:25 AM9/7/12
Has anyone tried to visualize high resolution data files based on the
ugrid proposal in a parallel environment, e.g. using Paraview?
I have a meeting next Wednesday Sept 12, and expect questions on this topic.



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Rich Signell

Sep 7, 2012, 9:48:43 AM9/7/12
No, but I think it would be really cool. Please let us know what you
find out. ;-)

I asked previously about whether folks have used MayiVi to look at
UGRID format, and the answer was no.

I know David Stuebe has done some work with VisIT (which is parallel
also, a competitor to Paraview) with unstructured FVCOM output in
netCDF, so it *should* be relatively straightforward to convert this
to a UGRID viewer, but I'll let David comment more on that.

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Christopher Barker

Sep 7, 2012, 11:25:59 AM9/7/12
On Sep 7, 2012, at 6:48 AM, Rich Signell <> wrote:

> I know David Stuebe has done some work with VisIT (which is parallel
> also, a competitor to Paraview) with unstructured FVCOM output in
> netCDF,

The FVCOM folks use VisIT-- you can probably get the plugin either fom
them or maybe it's divered with VisIT now.

It'll probably only be straightforward for triangular meshes, though.

I do have a start on some Python code for working with
triangular meshes, if you want to have a go at a paraview importer.


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Eli Ateljevich

Sep 7, 2012, 5:30:27 PM9/7/12
to Rich Signell,
We would be very interested in the VisIT part of this.

We (California Dept Water Resources) have started testing a plugin for VisIT
for 2D layered meshes with triangles in projected coordinates and some mix
of S-Z coordinates. The specific effort originates from work with SELFE,
which has a mix of data centerings and also a time dimension. Our more
general interest extends to other meshes that are the cross-product of a
horizontal unstructured mesh and a structured vertical mesh.

We are willing to collaborate or build out our own work a certain distance
to accommodate other people's use cases. In particular, we would be
delighted to get our hands on a mesh with data from 1-2 other groups to make
sure our approach doesn't ignore opportunities and to get a sense how the
UGRID proposal is getting interpreted since I have noticed different
programmers take different liberties.

Whether or not this effort will provide efficient parallel visualization is
another matter. I wrote about some of the issues involved in an earlier
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