Who We Are And What We Do

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The Data Analysis and Assessment Center (DAAC), initiated by the Department of Defense (DoD) High Performance Computing Modernization Program (HPCMP), serves the needs of DoD HPCMP scientists to analyze an ever increasing volume and complexity of data. Our mission is to put visualization and analysis tools and services into the hands of every user.

So, you might be asking yourself, "How can the DAAC assist with my visualization / data analysis needs? ".

First, we provide community software resources such as analysis software packages that support built in HPC job launching GUIs, and the Secure Remote Desktop (SRD) utility for running graphical software directly on many HPC Platforms. Additionally, this site contains many online tutorials that document use of these resources, designed for novice to power users.

Second, we support users who prefer to do the work themselves, but need our help in using a visualization program, choosing a technique to use, or deciding which program is best for them. This may also involve one of our visualization specialists collaborating in the use of the visualization program to extract data or images that highlight problems with an original computation.

Figure1. Airborne Laser Project
Figure1. Airborne Laser Project

Figure2. Gas Turbine Fuel Air Mixture
Figure2. Gas Turbine Fuel Air Mixture

Third, we do custom projects for users with the intent of producing high-quality animations that allow researchers to communicate their results to others. This typically involves the creation of narrated DVD movies suitable for presentations. It may also entail the development of conceptual animations to add context to the science. For example, the three inset images shown in Figure 1 demonstrates conceptual animation used to "set the scene" by showing the launch of theater ballistic missiles to be shot down by the Airborne Laser. Figure 2 shows the combination of conceptual images (the combustor can in a gas turbine engine) with the scientific data (the blue vortex rings and the yellow uncombusted fuel droplets).


Our staff consists of three categories of team members: scientific visualization specialists, 3-D animator/designers, and video production specialists.

Our scientific visualization specialists work with users in a variety of ways. In some cases, we help users help themselves by maintaining DAAC supported analysis visualization software featuring easy HPC job launching. In other cases, we help users more directly. This may include helping them develop a workflow for data analysis by demonstrating techniques or suggesting particular software packages better suited for their data analysis needs. We also offer customized visualization services, many times processing a temporal data set into scientific animation showing how a phenomenon evolves over time, such as height waves in a hurricane.

Our 3-D animators/designers collaborate with the scientific visualization specialists and the researchers to produce conceptual animations that add context to the science. This can be in the form of introductory or explanatory animation that is stand-alone or combined with the scientific data.

The video production suite specialists assist the scientist in choosing simulation orientation, coloring, display backgrounds, and scene storyboarding to produce a broadcast quality video. One specialty of our VPS staff is the integration of numerical simulation with real-world video and/or artistic animation.

Contact Us

Email: support@daac.hpc.mil