Research Area E

Integrated Data Management and Interactive Visualization

In Research Area E, we master the exploding amount of information in simulation technology using human-system interfaces for model setup, real-time simulation, control and interactive visualization.

Smart Data Management

Data derived from measurement, calculation, or from practical know-how are the raw materials that go into simulations. However, it is not enough to simply record data. It must also be managed and processed to make it accessible for various simulation tools and practical for users. This form of integrated data management is thus the key to effective simulation technology.

“Today, we must deal with a mounting accumulation of data. Computing and storing it is already very challenging. That’s why we need to process data the right way. This is where visualization enters the picture.”

Prof. Dr. Thomas Ertl, Vice Spokesperson and Principal Investigator.
 (c) David Ausserhofer
At the end of a simulation, scientists face enormous data sets which are made accessible through visualization - in this case in the cave of the Stuttgart High Performance Computing Center (HLRS).

Our Work in Research Area E

To meet the data challenge, our computer scientists develop innovative solutions that can also keep up with future developments in simulation technology. Here, we focus on workflow technology, refining and adapting it to simulation’s special requirement. Our advanced simulation workflows manage individual operations so effectively that the entire simulation process is speeded up. In the future, simulation researchers will no longer have to program simulations but instead can draw up graphic models from single components.

Most people have difficulty interpreting simulations unless abstract data are depicted as illustrations. Superior information technology is needed to refine methods of computer graphics so that meaningful presentations can be put on a screen – ranging from simple graphic illustrations to fascinating 3D visualizations that allow interactions with available options.

Our visualizations are extraordinary because they not only exploit computer processor calculating power but also that of their graphic cards. In this way, together with the teams of Research Area F, we are taking giant steps forward in high-performance computing on hybrid architectures.

Coordinators Research Area E

Thomas Ertl
Prof. Dr. rer. nat. Dr. h. c. Dr.-Ing. E. h.

Thomas Ertl

Director and Spokesperson of the Cluster, Principal Investigator (EXC), Fellow (SC)

Frank  Leymann
Prof. Dr. Dr. h. c.

Frank Leymann

Principal Investigator (EXC)

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