ParaView is an open-source, multi-platform data analysis and visualization application built on top of VTK. ParaView offers non-programmers much of the capability of VTK without requiring them to write programs. Through exploration and interaction users can quickly build visualizations to analyze their data using qualitative and quantitative techniques. ParaView provides a comprehensive suite of visualization algorithms and supports many different file formats for both loading and exporting datasets.
Availability and Setup
ParaView is available on the Katana Cluster. For non compute-intensive tasks such as code editing and development, you can use katana.bu.edu. For production visualization runs on large data sets, you should run your ParaView application in one of the interactive batch queues. See the SCV web pages for information on how to run interactive jobs on the Katana Cluster.
As ParaView is an application with a graphical user interface, you will need to set things up so that you can run ParaView as an X application on katana or another appropriate machine and have it display to your local machine/terminal.
To run ParaView on katana, type:
This will launch the ParaView application.
Help from within ParaView:
To get help from within ParaView go to the menu Help and select Help. This will open a window, providing access to all of the manuals that come with ParaView. You can also visit the online version of the ParaView help pages.
For more informations on ParaView, visit either the ParaView website or the ParaView Wiki. A ParaView FAQ is available online, along with an overview of the package. If you are just starting to learn ParaView, we recommend that you get the Paraview Guide which is available from Kitware.
As part of our 2008 Workshop on Scientific Visualization, a talk on ParaView and VTK was presented which you might find useful. The visualizations which were used during the workshop are available for download on the ParaView Examples web page.
And finally there are several excellent ParaView tutorials available externally:
- Sandia National Laboratories ParaView 3 Tutorials
- SC08 ParaView Tutorial
- IEEE Vis08 ParaView Tutorial
We also have a tutorial on Scientific Visualization using ParaView which we generally offer live three times a year but for which the slides are always available.
Document Name: paraview
Author/Maintainer: Aaron D. Fuegi (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Keywords: paraview, vtk, visualization
Machines List: Katana Cluster
Related Help Pages: ParaView Examples
Created June 24, 2009; Last Revised June 24, 2009 Last Modified September 15, 2009
URL of this document: http://www.bu.edu/tech/about/research/training/scv-software-packages/paraview/
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