S&E Indicators 1996 cover image


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The Cover

The cover shows the evaluation of a mathematical function. This mathematical visualization image was created by Nicholas Priebe, an undergraduate student at the San Diego Supercomputer Center (SDSC), a national laboratory for computational science and engineering established by the National Science Foundation. The color of each pixel in the 4096 x 4096 matrix represents the value of that point of the function
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where the value of t ranges from 0 to p and of n from 0 to 10. An interactive function parser developed by Priebe evaluated the expression. The values of the function were calculated using 48 nodes of SDSC's Intel Paragon supercomputer.

The image conveys the beauty and elegance of science and represents the value that the National Science Foundation places on the integration of research and education. The entire computation, including function parsing and disk I/O, took only 1 minute. This image demonstrates the power of parallel computing for interactive tasks, such as trial mathematical functions evaluations, thereby highlighting the impact of advancements in computing instrumentation in spurring progress in numerous fields of science and engineering. For further information, contact the San Diego Supercomputing Center at Webmaster@sdsc.edu.



Cover design by Pat Bryant and Rachel Delgado-Simmons, National Science Foundation




Recommended Citation

National Science Board, Science & Engineering
Indicators - 1996
. Washington, DC: U.S. Government
Printing Office, 1996. (NSB 96-21)





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