NCI is continuing to release discipline-specific computational science tools to enable more efficient and innovative uses of new technologies. These Specialised Environments leverage the power of modern software packages alongside NCI’s Australian Research Environment (ARE) graphical interface, the Gadi supercomputer, the Nirin cloud computer and our multi-Petabyte data collections. NCI has made powerful and simple computational science easier to achieve than ever.

The most recent Specialised Environment is in the area of Visualisation.

A screenshot from the Drishti visualisation application running in a virtual desktop, showing a high resolution scan of an ant.
A screenshot of the Drishti application running in the Australian Research Environment at NCI, showing a high-resolution, 3-dimensional scan of an ant.

For visualisation, NCI has brought its widely used volumetric visualisation software package Drishti to more users through the Australian Research Environment. Drishti, now able to run on Gadi directly, allows scientists to visualise the internal and external structures of solid items by turning volumetric data from CT scans, high-resolution X-rays or simulations into interactive objects. While typically used as a standalone app on a desktop computer, Drishti can now run with much higher performance and with much larger datasets through the Gadi GPU nodes. Available to all NCI users with a compute allocation, Drishti on ARE is a powerful new iteration of an important visualisation tool. Find out more about this new visualisation capability in the Visualisation section of our documentation portal.