Graphics clusters are available on the market today that are capable of rendering very large data sets. A serious bottleneck is the lack of applications that can take advantage of these systems. Until an underlying parallel compositing library is available to develop parallel graphics applications (something akin to MPI for distributed computation), parallel visualization applications will continue to be scarce.
HP has recognized this void and is actively working to fill it working in collaboration with a number of ISVs such as Computational Engineering International (CEI) and research institutions including the Swiss National Supercomputing Centre (CSCS), Budapest University of Technology and Economics (BME), and University of Manchester, UK. HP has developed a specification and an implementation for a parallel compositing library.
The following documents provide further information on compositing and the current API:
HP believes that having an implementation that can be readily used by ISVs and researchers on a variety of platforms will enhance the adoption of the library. To this end, HP looks forward to working with ISVs and researchers to make this technology widely available.
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