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Adapting Splotch for the TAO Pipeline

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Working with the Centre for Astrophysics and Supercomputing at the Swinburne University of Technology in Melbourne Australia, as well as collaborating with persons at Swiss National Supercomputing Centre, I adapted the high performance volume rendering tool Splotch to work on the gSTAR supercomputer for the purposes of the Theoretical Astronomical Observatory (TAO). This work has formed the basis for a paper to be published for the Astronomical Data Analysis Software and Systems (ADASS) 2016 conference.

This work has a focus on optimisation whilst also adding functionality to automate parts of the Splotch software, with the aim of lowering the level of accessibility to produce the visualisation images. I also added support for HDF5 compound data.

This project formed part of my University dissertation which can be found here.

Language: C++.

Technology: OpenMP, Open MPI, CUDA.

Platform: Command line based CentOS HPC.

Source Code: Committed as part of Splotch master branch.