The ESIF Insight Center
The Insight Center at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) combines state-of-the-art visualization and collaboration tools to promote knowledge discovery in energy systems integration. Located adjacent to NREL's high-performance computing data center, the Insight Center uses advanced visualization technology to provide on-site and remote viewing of experimental data, high-resolution visual imagery and large-scale simulation data.
The Collaboration Room provides multiple workspaces in which researchers and partners from all disciplines of science and engineering can interactively visualize highly complex, large-scale data, systems, and operations. In this area, researchers can view in real time the testing and simulation of equipment and technologies. The collaboration room is intended to support the analysis of a wide range of research within the EERE mission. Research areas include any that generate large-scale data. Simulation data (data that produce a representation of a spatial system or model and possibly its evolution in time), may span from the atomistic scale of a molecular dynamics simulation of new materials to the planetary boundary scales of turbine wakes and other turbulent structures in multi-turbine array simulations. Measured data (tested data as opposed to predicted or estimated data), this spans from the nanostructures in 3D microscopy data of biomass pretreatments to the complex dynamics of the North American electrical power grid. The main workspace is a stereoscopic immersive virtual environment composed of six projectors that illuminate two surfaces -- a wall and the floor. The projected space can be used in conjunction with an optical tracker and the visualizations respond in relation to the movement of the user. This allows users to physically explore and interact with their data.
Additional information is available at http://cs.hpc.nrel.gov/vis/welcome-insight-center