Project Sponsors

Kitware personnel, primarily Charles Law, Amy Henderson, Sebastien Barre, Andy Cedilnik, Utkarsh Ayachit and Berk Geveci were the principal developers of ParaView.
Advanced Simulation and Computing (ASC) – ASC has funded ParaView since the beginning of the project. Project leaders were Jim Ahrens from Los Alamos National Lab, Brian Wylie from Sandia National Labs and Ken Moreland from Sandia National Labs.
Sandia National Laboratories – Ken Moreland is the project lead for Sandia.
Los Alamos National Lab – Jim Ahrens at the Advanced Computing Laboratory at Los Alamos National Lab is technical project leader.
Army Research Laboratory – Jerry Clarke is the point of contact at the Army Research Laboratory.

ParaView Contributors

The list of individuals who contributed to the VTK and ParaView projects can be found at ohloh.


Kitware has performed much of the implementation of ParaView at the direction of LANL, Sandia, and ARL.

Sandia National Laboratories:

  • ParaView 3: Sandia developers in collaboration with Kitware and CSimSoft designed and developed the Qt based ParaView 3 client.
  • Work on the image delivery system: Includes refinement of small packet delivery for sockets on Windows and the addition of the SQUIRT compression and decompression algorithms.
  • Lookmarks: Support for creating and managing lookmarks in ParaView. Lookmarks represent visual bookmarks of data that enable the user to return to, and toggle between, specific views of their data.
  • D3: Load balancing and data distribution for any vtkDataSet. Includes spatial decomposition with options for boundary cells. Also automatically computes ghost cell levels for any filter ‘upstream’ that requests ghost cells.
  • IceT: ParaView now uses Sandia’s ICE-T library to perform parallel rendering for both desktop delivery and tile displays.
  • Higher order elements: Adaptive sampling of quadratic elements so linear viz algorithms may be used. Plus work towards much higher order support.
  • Unstructured Volume Rendering: ParaView now supports the volume rendering of unstructured meshes. Much of the work was directed by Sandia and the projected tetrahedral rendering code was written by Sandia.
  • Mesh Quality Measures: Visualize mesh quality of tetrahedra, triangles, quadrilaterals, and hexahedral meshes. Includes various mesh quality parameters.
  • Exodus Reader
  • CTHAMR Reader
  • Exodus Writer
  • Many many more contributions…

Los Alamos National Laboratory:

Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) came up with the idea for ParaView and started the project back in 2000. Since then LANL has been a key contributor to ParaView. Members of the Advanced Computing Laboratory have led the design of ParaView’s client server architecure, user interface, parallel communication and testing infrastructure. LANL designed and tested the main architecture for ParaView’s multicluster data-server, render-server capabilities. Contact Jim Ahrens at the Advanced Computing Laboratory at Los Alamos National Lab for more information on LANL’s technologies and development of ParaView.

Army Research Laboratory:

The Army Research Lab has contributed ParaView’s Cave display support and most of the Adaptive Mesh Refinement techniques. The Army Research Lab also developed and provided ParaView’s eXtensible Data Model and Format (XDMF) file support and most of the underlying support for HDF5 as well. Jerry Clarke is the point of contact at the Army Research Laboratory.


CSimSoft was instrumental in the development of the Qt based client of ParaView 3.0.