Data visualisation and modelling

Eclipse Science Working Group – an Eclipse-based science platform

Philip Wenig
Eclipse-based simulation tests at the Eclipse Science Working Group

The Eclipse Science Working Group convened at the Norwegian Marine Technology Research Institute (MARINTEK) in Trondheim to discuss the development of an Eclipse-based science platform for better data modelling and data visualisation.

Participants from six different countries (Norway, Canada, USA, France, England, Germany) have met in August for the Science Working Group in Trondheim at Marinek.

One focus of the meeting was the inspection of the institute’s own flow channel and ocean simulation unit. These are used to test new ship designs, oil rigs and wind turbines. The simulation units as well as the objects to be tested were equipped with sensors used to gather data.

It is during the evaluation and modelling of this data that the in-house software named SIMA, based on the Eclipse-RCP-Platform, comes into play. Data processing and data visualisation are essential aspects of the software, and that’s why the meeting focused largely on these topics. The developers of the DAWN project have extensive experience in the area of data structure and provide source code for the implementation of common data structures.

New Eclipse data visualisation

A new Eclipse proposal for the visualisation of data has now already been created, led by the Oak Ridge National Laboratory. The institute has relevant experience in the matter and was also the one to initiate the ICE project. The visualisation of one-dimensional and multi-dimensional data is required for many Eclipse applications. Therefore, it is an important part of the software – particularly for data-intensive applications. The implementation of the data structure as well as the data visualisation should be as generic as possible. Thus, the development might be interesting for other Eclipse projects, too.

The next step is the installation of an Oomph-Installer. The Installer puts everybody in the position to start development as simply as possible. Another priority was scripting. The group also has relevant experience in this area and they wish to extend the support for the integration of Python and R.

On August 27, the group was invited to the Eclipse DemoCamp at Itema AS in the evening, where there were interesting lectures (and good food), and we will certainly meet in Trondheim again. The city lived up to its name as a Nordic technology centre. But the next step is EclipseCon Europe. Within the framework of the Unconference we will present first results of our meeting.


Philip Wenig

Dr. Philip Wenig is the founder of the Open-Source-Software OpenChrom and head of Lablicate. He focuses on the development of software in the field of chromatography and mass spectrometry. His Lablicate UG firm actively takes part in the Science Working Group of the Eclipse Foundation.

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