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Intelligent Light to Commercialize VisIt Open Source Software with help of $1M Phase II DOE Grant

Posted By: Roger R. Rintala
Date:Mon, 29 Jul 2013, 11:51 p.m.

The U.S. Department of Energy has awarded Intelligent Light a $1 Million Phase II grant to commercialize the VisIt open source software.

Intelligent Light has begun integrating FieldView™ its flagship CFD post-processing software with VisIt, the open source interactive parallel visualization and graphical analysis tool from the U.S. Department of Energy.

Intelligent Light has been working with VisIt and the DOE’s VisIt team for more than a year developing prototype technologies under a Phase I SBIR grant. The success of that work, along with endorsements from CFD users in both government and industry, led to a proposal to DOE to incorporate VisIt technology within the FieldView product line while preserving open source access.

The DOE responded by awarding a grant for nearly $1 million to keep the collaboration moving forward. The Phase II Small Business Innovative Research grant by the Department of Energy Office of Science Advanced Scientific Computing Research (OASCR), supports the integration of FieldView and VisIt, combining the immense feature set and proven scalability of VisIt with the intuitive, engineering-oriented user interface of FieldView and top-level customer support for which Intelligent Light is known.

“Awards such as this through the SBIR program are a very positive step making this technology more broadly available to specific scientific areas through a re-packaging in a domain specific way, and broadening the user base and community of this DOE investment.” David Pugmire, Scientist, Visualization Task Leader, Climate Change Science Institute, Oak Ridge National Laboratory

“We are extremely grateful that the Department of Energy views our work as worthy of support; we are in perfect alignment with DOE’s desire to deploy its state-of-the-art tools to benefit industry,” said Steve Legensky, General Manager at Intelligent Light. “As a first step, Intelligent Light will enable VisIt to write out FieldView XDBs (extract database files) and will contribute the binary libraries to the VisIt open source repository.” FieldView XDBs are an effective solution to the big data challenge. Compact and numerically accurate, they enable efficient post-processing of transient or remotely computed datasets. Like Adobe® PDF files, XDBs can be shared, archived, read and used for interactive analysis with a low cost FieldView viewer.

Access the full announcement:

Intelligent Light and DOE VisIT Announcement

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