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Issue No. 06 - Nov.-Dec. (2011 vol. 31)
ISSN: 0272-1716
pp: 6-10
Wesley Kendall , University of Tennessee, Knoxville
Jian Huang , University of Tennessee, Knoxville
Tom Peterka , Argonne National Laboratory
Robert Latham , Argonne National Laboratory
Robert Ross , Argonne National Laboratory
For large-scale visualization applications, the visualization community urgently needs general solutions for efficient parallel I/O. These parallel visualization solutions should center around design patterns and the related data-partitioning strategies, not file formats. From this respect, it's feasible to greatly alleviate I/O burdens without reinventing the wheel. For example, BIL (Block I/O Layer), which implements such a pattern, has greatly accelerated I/O performance for large-scale parallel particle tracing, a pervasive but challenging use case.
parallel visualization, BIL, parallel I/O, parallel file systems, particle tracing, computer graphics

R. Ross, W. Kendall, R. Latham, J. Huang and T. Peterka, "Toward a General I/O Layer for Parallel-Visualization Applications," in IEEE Computer Graphics and Applications, vol. 31, no. , pp. 6-10, 2011.
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