A Practical Visualization Strategy for Large-Scale Supernovae CFD Simulations

Derek K. Gerstmann, Toby Potter, Michael Houston, Paul Bourke, Kwan-Liu Ma, Andreas Wicenec
ICRAR, University of Western Australia
SIGGRAPH Asia (SA ’11), 2011


   title={A practical visualization strategy for large-scale supernovae CFD simulations},

   author={Gerstmann, D.K. and Potter, T. and Houston, M. and Bourke, P. and Ma, K.L. and Wicenec, A.},

   booktitle={SIGGRAPH Asia 2011 Sketches},





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Simulating the expansion of a Type II supernova using an adaptive computational fluid dynamics (CFD) engine yields a complex mixture of turbulent flow with dozens of physical properties. The dataset shown in this sketch was initially simulated on iVEC’s EPIC supercomputer (a 9600 core Linux cluster) using FLASH [Fryxell et al. 2000] to model the thermonuclear explosion, and later post-processed using a novel integration technique to derive the radio frequency emission spectra of the expanding shock-wave front [Potter et al. 2011]. Model parameters have been chosen to simulate the asymmetric properties of the SN 1987A remnant [Potter et al. 2009].
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