[petsc-dev] PETSc recommended visualization packages

Jed Brown jedbrown at mcs.anl.gov
Tue Jul 5 08:54:49 CDT 2011

On Tue, Jul 5, 2011 at 08:46, Barry Smith <bsmith at mcs.anl.gov> wrote:

> Should we make a new viewer based on VTK binary that automatically manages
> the multiple files and headers etc?

Perhaps, but you still lose a lot of information with VTK binary, in the
sense that it's usually no longer useful as a checkpoint. I think we would
be better off porting/generalizing the DHM viewer I wrote for Dohp over to
PETSc and provide VisIt and ParaView plugins for viewing it. If we do that,
I would like to get away from HDF5 in the process, probably in favor of a
SQLite index with a binary object store, so it would be a rewrite as much as
a port.

Note that with such a system, if you link to VTK, you can automatically
write in any VTK format to make a file that is viewable without a plugin
(though this isn't the lowest memory way to create such a file).
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