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29 January 2007 Exploratory simulation for astrophysics
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Proceedings Volume 6495, Visualization and Data Analysis 2007; 649509 (2007)
Event: Electronic Imaging 2007, 2007, San Jose, CA, United States
Exploratory simulation involves the combination of computational steering and visualization at interactive speeds. This presents a number of challenges for large scientific data sets, such as those from astrophysics. A computational model is required such that steering the simulation while in progress is both physically valid and scientifically useful. Effective and appropriate visualization and feedback methods are needed to facilitate the discovery process. Smoothed Particle Hydrodynamics (SPH) techniques are of interest in the area of Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD), notably for the simulation of astrophysical phenomena in areas such as star formation and evolution. This paper discusses the issues involved with creating an exploratory simulation environment for SPH. We introduce the concepts of painting and simulation trails as a novel solution to the competing concerns of interactivity and accuracy, and present a prototype of a system that implements these new ideas. This paper describes work in progress.
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Rick Walker, Peter Kenny, and Jingqi Miao "Exploratory simulation for astrophysics", Proc. SPIE 6495, Visualization and Data Analysis 2007, 649509 (29 January 2007);

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