At the end of 2014 we analysed a Visualisation Tools survey for certain HPC and computational users.
The results from over 100 respondents are being edited at:
Executive summary states; for the global survey there were seven key outcome results that can be acted upon:
- Three packages are the most-used packages by 26% of respondents. Conversely, another 31 packages are used by one or two users and account for a further 26% of respondents.
- Producing publication quality plots is the most-used technique.
However, the features making these packages the favourites are:
– Software that is written specifically for their domain of interest.
– Large datasets are handled efficiently.
– Scripting or other ability to extend the tool is required.
- Users second most favoured packages are general purpose visualisation tools.
- Users were given five options for selecting their most required development. None emerged as being more needed than the others.
- Conversely, large amounts of memory was clearly the most important requirement for high performance visualisation.
- The main future challenges are suggested to be
– The ability to handle large amounts of data
– The ability to operate in a distributed environment.
A series of further surveys and follow-up questions are planned as well as afull review next October (2015).