An Exploratory Sunburst Tool for XSEDE and HPC Resources
Interactive Visualization Demonstrations
TimeTuesday, July 306:30pm - 8:30pm
LocationCrystal Foyer and Crystal B
DescriptionThere is a wide array of research being done on supercomputers today. Everything from the natural sciences, to the humanities and government utilize HPC resources in a multitude of ways. It is important to gain insight into what type of research topics and projects are using these HPC systems, and how many CPU resources each requires. The Texas Advanced Computing Center (TACC) demonstrates the early stages of an information visualization application that can be used to explore the types of research being done on HPC systems. Here we demo a sunburst chart, similar to a pie chart, where each slice represents a field of science that is utilizing our HPC resource. The size of a slice correlates to the amount of cores being used for a particular field of science. Users are able to select a field of science by clicking it's associated slice, which then creates a new sunburst. The resulting sunburst is separated by individual projects that are conducting research for the same field of science. The size of the slice again correlates to how many resources a particular project is using. Users can select a project's slice to gather more information about the particular project. Primary development was done in D3, a javscript framework for online web visualizations. Future intent is to create a simple framework where users who maintain similar systems can utilize our application to gain insight into what types of research is being done on their own systems.