In Situ Visualization for 3D Agent-Based Vocal Fold Inflammation and Repair Simulation


  • Nuttiiya Seekhao University of Maryland, College Park
  • Joseph JaJa University of Maryland, College Park
  • Luc Mongeau McGill University
  • Nicole Y.K. Li-Jessen McGill University



A fast and insightful visualization is essential in modeling biological system behaviors and understanding underlying inter-cellular mechanisms. High fidelity models produce billions of data points per time step, making in situ visualization techniques extremely desirable as they mitigate I/O bottlenecks and provide computational steering capability. In this work, we present a novel high-performance scheme to couple in situ visualization with the simulation of the vocal fold inflammation and repair using little to no extra cost in execution time or computing resources. The visualization component is first optimized with an adaptive sampling scheme to accelerate the rendering process while maintaining the precision of the displayed visual results. Our software employs VirtualGL to perform visualization in situ. The scheme overlaps visualization and simulation, resulting in the optimal utilization of computing resources. This results in an in situ system biology simulation suite capable of remote simulation of 17 million biological cells and 1.2 billion chemical data points, remote visualization of the results, and delivery of visualized frames with aggregated statistics to remote clients in real-time.


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How to Cite

Seekhao, N., JaJa, J., Mongeau, L., & Li-Jessen, N. Y. (2017). In Situ Visualization for 3D Agent-Based Vocal Fold Inflammation and Repair Simulation. Supercomputing Frontiers and Innovations, 4(3), 68–79.