Visualization at Scale

Speaker:  David J Kasik – Sammamish, WA, United States
Topic(s):  Applied Computing

Abstract

As the amount of data in the world increases, there is increased need to develop tools and techniques that cope with scale.  In this context, scale means not only an absolute number of bytes but also specific values as we are able to reach further into astronomic, subatomic, and even temporal spaces.   
 
During his Boeing career, Dave Kasik has pushed the boundaries of the inherent limitations of digital computers to address scale problems. Boeing is the ideal laboratory to increase understanding of scale problems and solutions. The amount of data Boeing generates continually increases and spans a wide variety of disciplines. Its products are highly complex and must operate on earth and in space. The result is that Boeing has broken computing systems since the 1950’s because they could not handle the company’s scale. 
 
This talk examines both the computing and human dimensions of scale in visualization. On the human side, displaying data is necessary but not sufficient to let people explore it effectively. Applications must display both geometric and non-geometric data in a manner that communicates and operates effectively at interactive rates. Moreover, computing systems must access and process requested data across distance and decades. 
 
As a result of the talk, the audience should understand the overall effect of scale on visualization systems and realize the necessity of designing systems that can scale as data and user communities grow. 

About this Lecture

Number of Slides:  60
Duration:  90 minutes
Languages Available:  English
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