SC16 Salt Lake City, UT

SAGE2: Scalable Amplified Group Environment for Global Collaboration

Authors: Dr. Jason Leigh (University of Hawaii at Manoa)

BP Abstract: SAGE2 is an innovative, user-centered, web-based platform that enables local and/or distributed teams to display, manage, share and investigate large-scale datasets on tiled display walls in order to glean insights and discoveries. SAGE2 enables users to easily display and juxtapose digital media (2D/3D charts, graphs, images, movies or documents) from a variety of sources. SAGE2, announced at SC14, is the next-generation SAGE (Scalable Adaptive Graphics Environment), which was the defacto operating system for managing Big Data content on tiled display walls for almost a decade. SAGE2 provides the scientific community with persistent visualization and collaboration services for global cyberinfrastructure.

Long Description: SAGE2 is middleware that facilitates local and remote collaboration on scalable resolution display walls (from single monitors to tiled display walls) by enabling users to easily share digital media content -- including 2D/3D charts, graphs, images, movies or documents -- from a variety of sources. SAGE2 is browser-based and integrates cloud services, a multi-resolution image viewer, a stereoscopic image viewer, mirrored portals, and network streaming of high-resolution imagery. Via wireless, users connect to display walls with their own devices and interact with the system, transfer local documents to the wall using a drag-and-drop interface, use a mouse pointer and keyboard to interact with existing content and, push laptop screens to the wall. SAGE2 receives major funding from the U.S. National Science Foundation. A benefit of browser-based software is that there is no installation requirement for users and it is inherently cross-platform. A user simply needs an up-to-date web browser on the device he/she wishes to use as an interaction tool for the wall. SAGE2 services are brought to the user through the Cloud. A SAGE2 SC BOF is a relevant forum for the anticipated audience and provides an unparalleled opportunity for community building, as the SC and SAGE2 communities overlap almost 100% -- representing national and international supercomputer centers, government laboratories, universities, and corporate research centers. There are several hundred SAGE2 and SAGE sites worldwide, each with multiple users. A SAGE2 SC BOF has a high level of audience participation. Seven successful BOFs have been held at previous SC conferences, each attracting approximately 50 people as well as 2-3 NSF program managers! The BOF format is highly interactive, enabling developers, current users and potential new users to openly discuss technology features, use cases and future road maps. Subsequent in-depth demos take place on the exhibition floor, where attendees can continue to engage in conversation. A major SAGE2 BOF outcome is presentation materials that are posted on the SAGE2 website. Attendee names are added to a mailing list that is used throughout the year to broadcast general announcements or to request participation in formal and informal surveys. A SAGE2 SC BOF is not commercial. SAGE2 is open source and distributed on the SAGE2 website. Vendors who build computing, display and network hardware attend the BOF to learn how the research community accesses and displays information. Users of SAGE2, not vendors, may discuss the quality, cost, or ease of use of vendor-specific technology. A SAGE2 SC BOF offers attendees a timely topic. Cyberinfrastructure runs the gamut -- from computing, networks, data stores, instruments, observatories, and sensors, to software and application codes -- and promises to enable research at unprecedented scales, complexity, resolution, and accuracy. However, it is the research community that must make sense of all the data being amassed. The SAGE2 framework supports a common and intuitive infrastructure for local and/or distributed teams to share and integrate digital media in order to glean new insights and discoveries.

Conference Presentation: pdf

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