Visualizing gyrokinetic simulations

David Crawford, Kwan-Liu Ma, Min Yu Huang, Scott Klasky, Stephane Ethier

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

6 Scopus citations


The continuing advancement of plasma science is central to realizing fusion as an inexpensive and safe energy source. Gryokinetic simulations of plasmas are fundamental to the understanding of turbulent transport in fusion plasma. This paper discusses the visualization challenges presented by gyrokinetic simulations using magnetic field line following coordinates, and presents an effective solution exploiting programmable graphics hardware to enable interactive volume visualization of 3D plasma flow on a toroidal coordinate system. The new visualization capability can help scientists better understand three-dimensional structures of the modeled phenomena. Both the limitations and future promise of the hardware-accelerated approach are also discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationIEEE Visualization 2004 - Proceedings, VIS 2004
EditorsH. Rushmeier, G. Turk, J.J. Wijk
Number of pages8
StatePublished - Dec 1 2004
EventIEEE Visualization 2004 - Proceedings, VIS 2004 - Austin, TX, United States
Duration: Oct 10 2004Oct 15 2004


OtherIEEE Visualization 2004 - Proceedings, VIS 2004
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityAustin, TX


  • Graphics hardware
  • Non-rectilinear mesh
  • Plasma physics
  • Scientific visualization
  • Texture methods
  • Volume visualization

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Engineering(all)


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