[Paraview] Trying to plot signals to paraview

George Markomanolis paraview at markomanolis.com
Wed Feb 4 12:20:37 EST 2009

Dear Ken,

First of all thank you for your time. Unfortunately I don't want to save all
the data to the files. For example I must save (and load, plot) 8GB of full
image than 500mb If i "erase" useless points. I have no idea about the
duration to plot 8GB and 500mb at paraview but I believe it's big (general
the useless points are 85-95% of full image). I'll try of course to check it
but we've developed a technique to "erase" useless data and I believe that
it won't be accepted from the team except if it is fast with paraview. For
example with gnuplot in order to have good quality I save data to eps format
and after I convert it to jpg (plotting is done at the cluster and we
download only the jpg files) but the convert is very low, for example 500mb
may take 10-15 minutes to plot and save. I'll try to plot full image. For
unstructured grid I don't know how to declare topology, I believe I need
something like delaunay (triangulation) at matlab?

George Markomanolis

On Wed, Feb 4, 2009 at 4:18 PM, Moreland, Kenneth <kmorel at sandia.gov> wrote:

>  ParaView is capable of reading in a regular grid of data, mapping a color
> to it, and drawing it scaled on the screen.  If your data is simply a raw
> array written to disk, then ParaView can read that in directly.  Does that
> basically solve your problem?
> There are two ways to "erase" the useless points.  The first way is to
> simply set the color map up so that these values are simply drawn in the
> background color.  The second way is to use the "Threshold" filter to remove
> the uninteresting points.  The Threshold filter will convert the data from a
> regular array to an unstructured grid.  A warning about using Threshold
> though: the unstructured grid it converts data to is a less efficient
> representation so it is possible to actually require more data for the
> result if not a lot is removed.
> -Ken
> On 2/4/09 2:30 AM, "George Markomanolis" <paraview at markomanolis.com>
> wrote:
> Dear all,
> I am newbie to Paraview and I want to ask you something. I am working with
> signals and I use gnuplot for plotting. Unfortunately it's slow for big
> signals. Our program is parallel so we can create files of many GBs. We do a
> tricky parallel plot, every cpu plots a part of the signal, otherwise we
> couldn't see the image from gnuplot (crash). So when I saw paraview I liked
> a lot but it isn't easy.
> I must explain what I want to plot:
> We use a techinque in order to cut the points that haven't energy. For
> example a specific signal with 12000 x 12000 mesh of points which is 8GB
> file it can go under of 1GB if we cut the useless points. So I give at the
> gnuplot only the points that I want to plot x,y,z and I use pm3d map because
> I want them in 2D not 3D for example see the image:
> http://www.markomanolis.com/files/plots/plot.jpg
> I would like to ask. Is this unstructured grid? I show an easy signal it
> could be with more random points. I have tried unstructured grid for 2
> columns only and there is no surface between the columns. I used triangle
> strip and it was ok but I don't know if I could see the details like here
> (here I don't cut any useless point, in first image see wave details in the
> center):    http://www.markomanolis.com/files/plots/62_0_0.jpg ,
> http://www.markomanolis.com/files/plots/resFinal.jpg   .
> Could I have these plots with paraview or it is good with more complicated
> plots?
> I must write a script/ program to convert gnuplot file to paraview but I am
> not sure about the topology, I must declare the topolgy for every point,
> right?  I am confused because I have a lot of constrains for example if a
> point is alone then the topology is vertex if there is another point then
> line etc... Is there any way to plot this grid with something like image
> data. I want to give something like structured grid but NOT to give all the
> points (I don't need them).  The last two images I sent you are with all the
> points for education propose. I want to plot something like first image but
> witho more complicated topology
> Thank you for your time,
> George Markomanolis
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