VTK/GSoC 2013

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Project ideas for the Google Summer of Code 2013



These ideas were contributed by developers and users of VTK and ParaView. If you wish to submit a proposal based on these ideas you should contact the developers to find out more about the idea you are looking at, get to know the developers your proposal will be reviewed by and receive feedback on your ideas.

The Google Summer of Code program is competitive, and accepted students will usually have thoroughly researched the technologies of their proposed project, been in frequent contact with potential mentors and ideally have submitted a patch or two to fix bugs in the project they intend to work (through Gerrit). Kitware makes extensive use of mailing lists, and this would be your best point of initial contact for any of the proposed projects you would like to apply for. The mailing lists can be found on the project pages linked to in the preceding paragraph. Please see GSoC proposal guidelines for further guidelines on writing your proposal.

Adding Ideas

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  • A brief explanation of the idea
  • Expected results/feature additions
  • Any prerequisites for working on the project
  • Links to any further information, discussions, bug reports etc
  • Any special mailing lists if not the standard mailing list for the VTK
  • Your name and email address for contact (if willing to mentor, or nominated mentor)

If you are not a developer for the project concerned, please contact a developer about the idea before adding it here.

Project Ideas

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Project: Biochemistry Visualization

Brief explanation: Addition of new data types, mappers and visualizations for biochemistry visualization. VTK has already been used in several open source biochemistry applications, but only has limited support for protein ribbons. This would build on previous work done in chemistry. Features such as marching cubes, GPU accelerated volume rendering and glyph mappers could be leveraged here. This could also make use of existing work in infovis and 2D charting to display numerical data associated with biochemistry and bioinformatics applications. Looking at the boundary between quantum calculations and molecular dynamics, with QMMM data and other output ideally.

Expected results: Support for standard biochemical representations, advanced visualization techniques of electronic structure using volume rendering, surfaces, contours etc.

Prerequisites: Experience in C++, some experience with VTK and/or OpenGL ideally, but not necessary.

Mentor: Marcus Hanwell (marcus dot hanwell at kitware dot com).