SUNVIZ: A Real-Time Visualization Environment for Space Physics Applications
Real-time physically accurate simulations are difficult to create because of limited computational power available on a CPU. General purpose computing on the graphics processing unit (GPU) can provide a significant increase in performance. We are able to investigate the flow characteristics of a cloud of charged particles, which is one of the first steps in our goal of generating a real-time Coronal Mass Ejection (CME) simulator. Preliminary results show a sustained 60 Hz visual simulation with approximately four million particles and a non-visual simulation of 16 million particles at 30 Hz. The simulator provides a novel way to investigate a CME in real-time, and it has the potential to predict when a particular CME is geoeffective, i.e. an event that could damage electrical infrastructure such as satellites, space stations, power grids, etc...
KeywordsGraphic Processing Unit Coronal Mass Ejection Interplanetary Coronal Mass Ejection Space Weather Prediction General Purpose Graphic Processing Unit
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