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Solar Superstorms Invited to Show at SIGGRAPH 2016

The Advanced Visualization Lab (AVL) at the National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA) was recently invited to present their recent film Solar Superstorms at the 2016 SIGGRAPH Conference.

This conference will be the 43rd annual international conference and exhibition on computer graphics and interactive techniques, and will take place from July 24-28 in Anaheim, California.

NCSA’s AVL team was accepted to share their film in multiple venues of the conference. The first will be “Science of the Unseen: Digital Art Perspective,” organized by the Digital Art Community, which is an online exhibition that will be displayed in a social gathering venue at the conference called “The SIGGRAPH Village.” The SIGGRAPH online exhibition will allow the chosen scenes to stay online for several years with ongoing publicity. This work will be seen not only by the art community, but by the computer scientists and researchers who are at the forefront of developing new tools and presentation methods.

The other venue will be the SIGGRAPH Computer Animation Festival (CAF) Electronic Theater. This Electronic Theater is a special two-hour show that contains the best computer graphics short films of the year. The selections to be shown in the SIGGRAPH Electronic Theater are chosen by an internationally recognized jury who receives hundreds of submissions and chooses only a few to represent the best work of the year.

The selected piece, Solar Superstorms, takes viewers on a turbulent journey through space, showing cutting-edge visualizations of the inner workings of the sun—some of which were computed on Blue Waters. The 24-minute film, narrated by Benedict Cumberbatch, teaches about solar activity, and how superstorms that occur on the sun have impacted Earth in the past and what threat they may pose to us in the future.

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