The scientific visualisation team at the Barcelona Supercomputing Center presents its latest work: â€śSupercomputingâ€ť.
The video, a 15 minutes long documentary, shows the impact of supercomputers in science and in our daily lives. The breathtaking data visualisations, intertwined with interviews of the scientists behind them, runs a path through some of the 21 projects in the spanish program â€śConsolider-Ingenio 2010: Supercomputing and e-Scienceâ€ť. The data visualisations are presented in the highest visual quality and always with scientific rigour.
The video shows data from a broad category of research, from genetics to supernovas, passing through current hot topics like personalised medicine and alternative energy sources. In a pedagogical way, the documentary explains how simulations in supercomputers are used to push the frontiers of science and shape our future.
One interesting detail about the video: the music and SFX were made using recordings of the electronic noise of our supercomputer. That is to say, the supercomputer was used to create the simulation data shown in the video, the visual representations and renderings, AND the music and sound.
The Barcelona Supercomputing Center has a young team devoted to scientific visualisation. In close collaboration with the Spanish and European scientists that do research with supercomputers, the team develops images for papers, videos for technical presentations, and tools that allow scientists to interact and analyse their data. The team is an heterogeneous mixture of scientists, graphic designers, programers, and a recent addition of a user experience designer. Together they strive to create data representations that are informationally dense, scientifically correct, and visually attractive.
In the year 2012 the National Science Foundation and the journal Science awarded the teamâ€™s video â€śAlya Red: A Computational Heartâ€ť the first prize and peopleâ€™s choice award in the video category of the International Science & Engineering Visualization Challenge.