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Multiverse Data-Flow Control
June 2013 (vol. 19 no. 6)
pp. 1005-1019
B. Schindler, Sci. Visualization Group, ETH Zurich, Zurich, Switzerland
J. Waser, VRVis Forschungs-GmbH, Vienna, Austria
H. Ribičić, VRVis Forschungs-GmbH, Vienna, Austria
R. Fuchs, Sci. Visualization Group, ETH Zurich, Zurich, Switzerland
R. Peikert, Sci. Visualization Group, ETH Zurich, Zurich, Switzerland
In this paper, we present a data-flow system which supports comparative analysis of time-dependent data and interactive simulation steering. The system creates data on-the-fly to allow for the exploration of different parameters and the investigation of multiple scenarios. Existing data-flow architectures provide no generic approach to handle modules that perform complex temporal processing such as particle tracing or statistical analysis over time. Moreover, there is no solution to create and manage module data, which is associated with alternative scenarios. Our solution is based on generic data-flow algorithms to automate this process, enabling elaborate data-flow procedures, such as simulation, temporal integration or data aggregation over many time steps in many worlds. To hide the complexity from the user, we extend the World Lines interaction techniques to control the novel data-flow architecture. The concept of multiple, special-purpose cursors is introduced to let users intuitively navigate through time and alternative scenarios. Users specify only what they want to see, the decision which data are required is handled automatically. The concepts are explained by taking the example of the simulation and analysis of material transport in levee-breach scenarios. To strengthen the general applicability, we demonstrate the investigation of vortices in an offline-simulated dam-break data set.
Index Terms:
Data visualization,Navigation,Levee,Computational modeling,Data models,Analytical models,dynamic data management,Time-varying data,visual knowledge discovery,visualization system design,temporal navigation,multiple simulation runs,data-flow
Citation:
B. Schindler, J. Waser, H. Ribičić, R. Fuchs, R. Peikert, "Multiverse Data-Flow Control," IEEE Transactions on Visualization and Computer Graphics, vol. 19, no. 6, pp. 1005-1019, June 2013, doi:10.1109/TVCG.2012.296
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