Kitware Ties-Up with Intel to make Significant Advances in Software Solutions

By CIOReview | Tuesday, December 1, 2015

CLIFTON PARK, NY: Kitware, leaders in creation and support of open-source software and state-of-the art technology, recently collaborated with Intel to integrate two open source libraries, OpenSWR and OSPRay, into Visualization Toolkit (VTK) and ParaView.

The OpenSWR rasterizes images while the OSPRay, ray traces images. They amplify the capacity of the user to interactively visualize BigData on super-systems without Graphic Processing Units (GPUs).

They reduce cost and memory constraints, increase parallel rendering performance and fidelity. Both OpenSWR and OSPRay are optimized on Intel processors. While the former makes it fast and suitable for rendering large data sets in VTK and ParaView, the latter enhances quality of the rendering images. The integration of the two will allow users to switch between image rasterization and ray tracing for maximum results.

“One of our top priorities since launching this initiative has been to ensure that ParaView and VTK users can make optimal use of the Intel supported Software Defined Visualization open-source projects, providing new levels of interactivity and higher fidelity visualization for large-scale data. Kitware has been a fantastic partner, as we’ve worked together to integrate and deliver these new software-rendering technologies, enabling more flexible and rapid methods to drive new scientific insights,” said Jim Jeffers, Principal Engineer and Manager for Intel’s HPC Visualization team.

The next upgrade, Paraview version 5.0, will introduce binaries which include OpenSWR and OSPRay. The realistic interactive mode they provide enable users to simultaneously recognize small and large-scale properties and their data.