Visualization Software

Radiating Kelvin-Helmholtz instability modeled with the MARBL code run on 216 cores of rztopaz for ~18 hours. The simulation corresponds to the laser-driven experiment of O. Hurricane et. al. and uses the high-order finite element, multi-material, closure model, rad-hydro and TMOP non-linear mesh optimization capabilities of the BLAST ALE package in MARBL.  Shown is the material density field, which exhibits multiple radiative driven shock wave interactions.


The table below contains links to information about visualization software supported by the Information Management Graphics and Security group on Livermore Computing's high-performance computing platforms. Click on the package names in the first column for information on how to set up your user environment, run the software, and acquire the software for local installation.

Software Name

Software Description

Installed versions on OCF Linux clusters

(Bold is default.)

Installed versions on SCF Linux clusters

(Bold is default.)

EnSight Powerful commercial 3D visualization package. 10.1.6, 19.5 10.1.6, 19.5
GMT Generic Mapping Tools 5.1.2 5.1.2
gnuplot Popular 2D plotting utility 5.2.7 5.2.7
Grace Open source venerable 2D plotting package 5.1.25 5.1.25
IDL Interactive Display Language for scientific visualization 8.7.3, 8.8.0 8.7.3, 8.8.0
NCAR Fortran and C based software package for scientific visualization from National Center for Atmospheric Research 6.3.0 6.3.0
ParaView Highly scalable parallel scientific visualization program 5.4, 5.6.2, 5.8.0 5.4, 5.6.2, 5.8.0
RasMol Software for visualizing molecular data
SM Tools Streaming movie toolkit for making high-resolution movies for LLNL Powerwalls. 2.8.7a 2.8.7a
Tecplot 360 Commercial package to analyze complex data, arrange multiple layouts, and show CFD results 2019-r1, 2020-r1 2019-r1, 2020-r1
VAPOR Visualization and Analysis Platform for Ocean, Atmosphere, and Solar Researchers. 2.6.0 2.6.0
VisIt LLNL-friendly, powerful, versatile, highly parallel and scalable 3D scientific visualization package. ..., 2.13.3, ... ..., 2.13.3, ...
VMD Visualize your Molecular Dynamics 1.9.3 1.9.3
VNC: NICE DCV VNC with hardware accelerated OpenGL support, running on the batch nodes 2019.1 2019.1
VNC: RealVNC VNC without OpenGL hardware acceleration, running on the login nodes 6.4.1 6.4.1

The following visualization software is either no longer in use or is now a part of the standard TOSS installation. These packages include (but may not be limited to):

  • AVS/Express
  • Blockbuster
  • DX / OpenDX
  • ImageMagick (now part of TOSS)
  • POV-Ray
  • VLC (now part of TOSS)
  • XV