Useful introductory information on LC's software environment is presented in the Software and Development Environment section of the Introduction to Livermore Computing Resources, or the Linux Clusters Overview for system-specific information.

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.

This lesson shows you how to run ParaView with the client running on your desktop and the pvservers executing in parallel on the LC clusters. This tutorial assumes you are using a Macintosh or Linux desktop machine. If you are using Windows, it will still work, but you will need to use something like PuTTY to set up the SSH tunnel. Please contact the LC Computing Hotline at 2-4531 for assistance.

This is an overview of the four modes of EnSight visualization.

In the following instructions, we assume you are using EnSight 9.2.x.  If you are using EnSight 9.1.x, then substitute ensight91 wherever you see ensight92.  Also, all instructions assume a Linux or Mac OS X desktop.  Windows instructions will be added in the future. 


xv is an interactive image manipulation program for the X Window System. It can operate on images in the GIF, JPEG, TIFF, PBM, PGM, PPM, XPM, X11 bitmap, Sun Rasterfile, Targa, RLE, RGB, BMP, PCX, FITS, and PM formats on all known types of X displays.

NICE DCV is a Virtual Network Computing (VNC) server that provides a securely authenticated and encrypted way for users to create and view a virtual desktop that persists even if no client is actually viewing it.


VMD (Visual Molecular Dynamics) is designed for the visualization and analysis of biological systems such as proteins, nucleic acids, lipid bilayer assemblies, etc. It may be used to view more general molecules, as VMD can read standard Protein Data Bank (PDB) files and display the contained structure.

VisIt is an open source, interactive, scalable, visualization, animation and analysis tool. From Unix, Windows or Mac workstations, users can interactively visualize and analyze data ranging in scale from small (<10 core) desktop-sized projects to large (>100,000 core) leadership-class computing facility simulation campaigns.

VAPOR is the Visualization and Analysis Platform for Ocean, Atmosphere, and Solar Researchers. It provides an interactive 3D visualization environment that can also produce animations and still frame images.

Tecplot 360 is visualization software with a complete suite of XY, 2D, 3D and animation capabilities for visualizing simulation data.