VisIt is a free interactive parallel visualization and graphical analysis tool for viewing scientific data on Unix and PC platforms. Users can quickly generate visualizations from their data, animate them through time, manipulate them, and save the resulting images for presentations. VisIt contains a rich set of visualization features so that you can view your data in a variety of ways. It can be used to visualize scalar and vector fields defined on two- and three-dimensional (2D and 3D) structured and unstructured meshes. VisIt was designed to handle very large data set sizes in the terascale range and yet can also handle small data sets in the kilobyte range. See the table below for more details about the tool’s features. History

VisIt was developed by the Department of Energy (DOE) Advanced Simulation and Computing Initiative (ASCI) to visualize and analyze the results of terascale simulations. It was developed as a framework for adding custom capabilities and rapidly deploying new visualization technologies. After an initial prototype effort, work on VisIt began in the summer of 2000, and the initial version of VisIt was released in the fall of 2002. Although the primary driving force behind the development of VisIt was for visualizing terascale data, it is also well suited for visualizing data from typical simulations on desktop systems. Because of its applicability beyond visualizing terascale data, we are making VisIt freely available.



Version 2.10.1 for RHEL6 was installed on Thursday, 21 July 2016


setenv PATH /usr/local/visit/bin:${PATH}


Some users get an error similar to the following:
The compute engine running on has exited

Shortly thereafter, the following occured...

VisIt could not find a compute engine to use for the plot on host VisIt will try to launch a compute engine on
that host.
Where is the machine that you are running on. I have managed to get rid of this error message by clicking on options -> host profiles then clicking on 'new host' and filling in some details for the running host eg full name, my username etc and click apply, and try again.
Rhys Morris
Last modified: Thursday, 21 July 2016