Posted September 02, 2018 06:48:00With the development of the latest generation of supercomputers, researchers at NASA have developed a tool that can visualize data at the same time as they are being generated by computers.
The tool was developed to make it easier to see and manipulate data generated by the next generation of high-performance computing systems, such as those powering NASA’s Advanced Spaceborne Thermal Emission and Reflection Explorer (ASTER) mission, which has just launched into orbit.ASTER is a space-based mission to study the effects of cosmic rays and solar radiation on Earth’s surface, as well as its potential impact on the climate system.
Scientists from NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland, and the University of Washington have worked on the tool for more than two years.
The software uses a high-definition image of the data that is being generated, to create a 3D map of the location and position of each point in the image.
The resulting map can then be used to manipulate the data.NASA says the tool is especially useful for understanding how information flows between a computer and data.
“We’ve developed a new tool for the data analysis and visualization of the Earth-space environment that will help us better understand how information is being used, and how it is stored and processed, and that will enable us to develop better software for more efficient computation, which we will then use to better protect our environment,” said John Lefkowitz, deputy director of NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, California.
The ability to see what’s happening inside computers is one of the goals of the Space Launch System, or SLS, program.
This new tool, which was developed at JPL, will be the first to help NASA scientists understand the way the space shuttle is configured for launch.