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Compute Canada data visualization contest goes global -- Submissions wanted!

Screenshot of a simulation of the convection of the Earth's mantle.

Building on four successful years hosting a national Visualize This! Challenge, the Compute Canada Visualization Working Group is joining forces with IEEE to co-host the 2021 IEEE SciVis Contest, an international competition to create novel approaches and state-of-the-art visualizations that help domain scientists better understand challenging datasets.

2021 Theme and Contest Tasks

The theme and focus for the 2021 Contest is "Convection processes in the Earth’s mantle". Visit the contest website’s Tasks section to learn how we want you to bring this year’s dataset to life. Contest entries must be submitted by July 31, 2021.

Contest Dataset

The data for this year’s contest is courtesy of the Pysklywec Lab (Russell Pysklywec and Hosein Shahnas) at the University of Toronto. The simulations were conducted using the Niagara cluster at the Univesity of Toronto, one of five national host sites within the Compute Canada national ARC platform. To view one of the simulations, click the video image below.

Full Contest Details

Visit the contest website for full dataset details, contest tasks, and submission instructions. Note, this contest is open to anyone (no academic affiliation required) so please feel free to spread the word to your wider networks locally, nationally and internationally!

The 2021 contest details were announced at the IEEE Vis 2020 Conference by lead organizer and WestGrid Visualization and Training Coordinator Alex Razoumov.

Click here to view his poster presentation. (pictured below) 

Poster presentation of the SciVis 2021 contest.


All contest communications will be hosted via a Google group:!forum/sciviscontest2021

To post and read messages, please email Alex Razoumov ( to be added to the group.


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