Hank Childs, Department of Computer Science

Hank Childs

Director, Computing and Data Understanding at Extreme Scale
Practice Areas: Scientific Visualization, High Performance Computing

Faculty bio | Lab website

Hank Childs is an academic expert in high performance computing and scientific visualization. Hank’s primary research focus in on visualizing and analyzing the very large data sets generated by physics simulations on supercomputers. This task has become increasingly challenging, since supercomputers’ computational ability has recently outpaced its storage ability; as a result visualization is being performed “in situ” and visualization programs must make a decision about how to proceed with no human in the loop. Further, supercomputer architectures are shifting rapidly, now with thousands of cores per node and deep memory hierarchies, among other changes, requiring research to re-think how visualization algorithms can run effectively in this environment.

Recent Media:
VisIt application speeds visualization workloads and empowers global research (Technology Networks, June 25, 2018)
Interactive, Exascale Ready, 3D Rendering Solutions Using Software Defined Visualization (HPC Wire, June 11, 2018)
TACC builds seamless software for scientific innovation (Science Magazine, April 27, 2018)
Ray-tracing software lets researchers visualize science with greater fidelity (Phys.org, Aug. 10, 2015)