This talk will give an overview of selected research that we are doing
in interactive high-performance visualization at the Geometric Modeling
and Scientific Visualization Center at KAUST. Interactive visualization
is crucial to exploring, analyzing, and understanding data, such as the
data acquired via computed tomography, electron microscopy, or seismic surveys, as well as simulated data, such as the result of fluid
simulations. However, the amount of data that is acquired or simulated
is increasing rapidly toward the petascale and further, which presents a
tremendous challenge to interactive visualization and analysis.
Our research focuses on interactive high-performance visualization
exploiting the parallel processing power of state-of-the-art GPUs
(Graphics Processing Units), which have evolved from graphics processing toward quite general, massively-parallel co-processors for a wide variety of applications. We will describe our research in this field, in the areas of neuroscience for visualization and analysis of petascale
electron microscopy data, interactive visualization and interpretation
of seismic data, and the visualization of very complex general grids
from computational fluid dynamics.