The Best Scientific Visualization and Data Analytics Showcase Award was given to the AVL for their "First Light in the Renaissance Simulations" visualization at the Supercomputing Conference 2017. This was one of two visualizations created for the CADENS documentary "Seeing The Beginning of Time" that were selected for inclusion in the Supercomputing ‘17 Scientific Visualization Showcase.
The showcase provides a forum for the year’s most instrumental movies in HPC. During the conference, held November 12-17, 2017, six finalists will compete for the Best Visualization Award, and each finalist will present his or her movie during a dedicated session at SC17 in a 15-minute presentation. Movies are judged based on how their movie illuminates science, by the quality of the movie, and for innovations in the process used for creating the movie.
First Light In Renaissance Simulations – SC'17 SciViz Showcase Winner
This two-part visualization by the Advanced Visualization Lab at the National Center for Supercomputing Applications starts shortly after the Big Bang, and shows the evolution of the first galaxies in the universe over the first 400 million years, in increments of about 4 million years. The second part of the visualization stops time at the 400 million year mark, and flies the viewer through the data, breaking down the different variables that are being visualized – filaments of dense gas, pockets of elevated temperature, ionized gas, and ultraviolet light.
Milky Way Analogue Isolated Disk Galaxy
This visualization by the Advanced Visualization Lab at the National Center for Supercomputing Applications shows the evolution of a simulated analogue for the Milky Way galaxy over the course of 50 million years.