Analyzing and Visualizing Next Generation Climate Data

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Energy
Branch
n/a
Amount:
$749,927.00
Award Year:
2009
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase II
Contract:
DE-FG02-08ER85153
Agency Tracking Number:
n/a
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
n/a
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
Tech-x Corporation
5621 Arapahoe Avenue, Suite A, Boulder, CO, 80303
Hubzone Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
806486692
Principal Investigator:
Alex Pletzer
Dr.
(303) 996-2031
pletzer@txcorp.com
Business Contact:
Laurence Nelson
Mr.
(720) 974-1856
lnelson@txcorp.com
Research Institution:
n/a
Abstract
The continuous effort to improve global warming predictions has led numerous computer climate models to abandon longitude-latitude grids in favor of assemblies of structured meshes. However, these novel ¿Mosaic¿ grids exhibit complex folding patterns, which are posing severe problems to post-processing and visualization applications. This project will develop a Mosaic Data Analysis and Visualization Extension (MoDAVE) software package that will allow post­-processing applications to correctly interpret data on large Mosaic grids. In Phase I, visualizations of atmospheric data were produced on the Mosaic cubed-sphere grid, and strategies were devised to accelerate post-processing and visualization tasks, using parallel computations on multi-cores and Graphical Processing Units (GPUs). In Phase II, software will be developed that will lead to a product capable of performing interpolation, ghosting, visualization, and spatial averaging tasks on Mosaics using parallel/GPU processing. Commercial Applications and other Benefits as described by the awardee: MoDAVE should provide parallel/accelerated Mosaic data-processing back-end support for programs of the Earth System Grid and other climate forecasting applications. In addition, MoDAVE should benefit other DOE sponsored research, including fusion, where the magnetic axis plays a similar role to the north and south poles.

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