VisIVOWeb: a WWW environment for large-scale astrophysical visualization

A. Costa, U. Becciani, P. Massimino, Mel Krokos, G. Caniglia, C. Gheller, A. Grillo, F. Vitello

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This article presents a newly-developed Web portal called VisIVOWeb that aims to provide the astrophysical community with powerful visualization tools for large-scale data sets in the context of Web 2.0. VisIVOWeb can effectively handle modern numerical simulations and real-world observations. Our open-source software is based on established visualization toolkits offering high-quality rendering algorithms. The underlying data management is discussed with the supported visualization interfaces and movie-making functionality. We introduce VisIVOWeb Network, a robust network of customized web portals for visual discovery, and VisIVOWeb Connect, a lightweight and efficient solution for seamlessly connecting to existing astrophysical archives. A significant effort has been devoted for ensuring interoperability with existing tools by adhering to IVOA standards. We conclude with a summary of our work and a discussion on future developments.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)505-513
Number of pages9
JournalPublications of the Astronomical Society of the Pacific
Issue number902
Publication statusPublished - 2011


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