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First prize announced for Visualize This Challenge: Dell EMC 32" 4K Monitor!

Have you entered the 2019 Visualize This! Challenge yet? We have a new prize up for grabs: a Dell UltraSharp 32” 4K USB-C Monitor, generously donated by Dell EMC.

Led by the Compute Canada Visualization Working Group, and coordinated this year by WestGrid, SciNetSHARCNET, and Calcul Québec, the 2019 Visualize This! Challenge invites researchers from all disciplines to use their own datasets —  or our sample dataset — to build a unique and innovative visualization that displays interesting aspects of the dataset. Submissions are due by November 30.

Our panel of judges will review all entries, and prizes will be awarded to the best submissions. Smaller prizes include fast external SSDs and subsidized travel to a WestGrid 2020 Research Computing Summer School. Register your interest here. If you have any questions, please contact us via email.

Want to join the Challenge?

This year’s Challenge is focusing on processing and visualizing large datasets with parallel rendering. Any dataset that is too large to be rendered on a standalone desktop/workstation would qualify for this competition. A classic example is a time-dependent simulation in which disk space required to store each timestep is comparable to or exceeds your workstation’s RAM.

The competition is open to anyone affiliated with a Canadian post-secondary institution (college or university) or research organization. Participants can use any parallel, open-source visualization tool such as ParaView and VisIt. You can also use Javascript/WebGL tools and/or Python visualization libraries if you adapt them to perform distributed rendering on a cluster.

Step 1:
Click here to register your interest.
Note: Participants can form teams and there is no limit to the number of people who can be part of your team. Note: A team will be considered as a single entrant and will be eligible to win only one prize.

Step 2:
Visit the Visualize This! website for complete competition details.

Step 3:
Help us spread the word (#vizthis2019) and invite anyone else you think might be up for the Challenge!

Step 4:
Submit your entry by November 30. Submissions will be reviewed by members of the Compute Canada Visualization Team. To be eligible for a prize, you must be registered as a participant.

Why is visualization important?

Science is producing an unprecedented amount of data on everything from predicting weather and ocean changes to searching for distant galaxies. Visualization tools allow researchers to explore these large datasets interactively without being overwhelmed by the sheer amount of data. Ultimately, visualization enables researchers to answer the important scientific questions facing us today.

More information

The full contest rules and FAQs on the competition can be found on the Challenge website. If you would like more information or have any questions, please email

We look forward to receiving your unique creations!