What is the impact of visualization on science?

Visualization of large-scale cellular simulations of blood

21 June 2017

Gábor Závodszky from the Computational Science Lab (UvA) and Paul Melis (SURFsara) presented results from high-performance simulations of cellular blood flows using various visualization techniques.

Large-scale simulations, executed on thousands of nodes of Cartesius, the Dutch national supercomputer, were used to investigate the unique transport mechanics of blood in vessels and around medical devices. The showcased visualization methods helped to explore and evaluate these complicated systems.  


Blood is a complex suspension constituted of various components suspended in plasma. Red blood cells are the major component and determine blood rheology. Platelets form the link between transport dynamics and several vital biochemical processes. Their collective behaviour can provide explanation to the most fundamental transport phenomena in blood, such as the non-Newtonian viscosity, the margination of platelets, the Fåhræus effect, or the appearance of a cell-free layer. Read more


Scientific Visualization: From Archaeology to Astronomy was a one-day event orgainzed by The Netherlands eScience Center in Rotterdam where scientists and researchers from different disciplines met to discover how visualization technologies impact scientific research.


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