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Addison Snell Laura Segervall Christopher G. Willard Ph.D. HPC User Site Census: Visualization and Image Analysis


Intersect360 Research surveyed the High Performance Computing (HPC) user community to complete its eleventh Site Census study. The study is a look at their current computer system installations, storage systems, networks, middleware, and application software supporting these computer installations. This report provides a detailed examination of visualization and image analysis applications named in the Site Census survey. Our goal in this analysis is to provide an overview of the visualization and image analysis applications space, including the breadth of applications and those that are most commonly used.

Our Site Census survey results can be found in many reports, including the following:


  • HPC System Configurations and Technologies
  • HPC System Vendors Installed
  • HPC Storage Configurations and Technologies
  • HPC Storage Vendors Installed
  • HPC Networking Technologies
  • HPC Processing Technologies (Including Accelerators)
  • HPC Operating System Installations
  • HPC Middleware and Tool Installations
  • HPC Application Installations (segmented into application domains):
    • Biosciences
    • Business: Business intelligence, analytics, pattern recognition, ERP, CRM, security, complex event processing, general business
    • Chemistry
    • Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD)
    • Engineering: Structural analysis, electronic design automation (EDA), general engineering
    • Finance and economics
    • Geophysics
    • Physics
    • Scientific research
    • Visualization and image analysis
    • Weather modeling, climate modeling, environment modeling

Visualization is used in a range of industries and domains for understanding the models and simulations powered by HPC. In many of these areas, specific image analysis tools are also deployed, to have computer-aided analysis of the complex images generated. Image analysis specifically is an area that is being revolutionized by advancements in machine learning, which is having a large impact in HPC environments. Visualization (including image analysis) is the seventh-most cited application domain in our most recent Site Census survey analysis, with 132 (5.4%) of the 2,466 mentions. Visualization is an area in which ISV applications, in-house applications, and open-source applications all appear regularly, with nearly even distribution.





Total Responses

Table 1: HPC User Site Census Responses for Application Analysis


Figure 1: HPC User Site Census Applications by Domain

Figure 2: Source of Visualization and Image Analysis Applications (Open-Source, In-House, ISV)

Figure 3: Source of Visualization and Image Analysis Applications, by Sector

Table 2: Top Reported Visualization and Image Analysis Applications



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