Introduction to the Visualization Portal


Times: Friday, February 2, 9:30am - 12:30pm

Location: SCC 102.B

This short course covers using an easy-to-use web interface to perform visualization tasks. We will demonstrate the use of the TAMU Remote Visualization Portal and Open OnDemand, followed by an introduction to using the ParaView software. This short course is hands-on intensive.

Course Materials


  • Spring 2018:
    • Introduction to TAMU Visualization Portal: PDF
    • Introduction to Open OnDemand: PDF
    • Introduction to ParaView: PDF
  • Fall 2017:
    • Introduction to the Vis Portal with ParaView: PDF
    • Introduction to the Vis Portal with Abaqus: PDF
    • Abaqus Model Build and Simulation Handout: PDF
  • Spring 2017:
    • Introduction to the Vis Portal: PDF


The course will focus on using the Visualization Portal, Open OnDemand, and Paraview on Ada.

  • Introduction to TAMU Visualization Portal
  • Introduction to Open OnDemand
  • What is ParaView
  • The ParaView Architecture
  • Hands-on: Basic Usage of ParaView
    • Getting Data
    • Interacting with 3D View
    • Representation and Field Coloring
    • Filter and Pipeline
    • Commonly used filters
      • contour, slice, clip, streamline, tube, glyph
    • Vector Visualization
      • Streamline, tube, glyph
    • Multiview
    • Volume Rendering

Note: During the class sessions many aspects of the material will be illustrated live via a login to the TAMU Visualization Portal and the Open OnDemand Portal. Attendees are welcome to follow these parts with their own laptops. They will need to configure their laptops to use the TAMULink wireless network. Relevant details on this can be found at:

You are encouraged to contact the HPRC helpdesk with any questions regarding the portals.