Creating effective visualizations is essential to understanding data and broadening the impact of your research.

Princeton Research Computing provides software, hardware, and expertise to help with visualization. Visualization codes and applications supported by Princeton's Research Computing team (through PICSciE, OIT Research Computing and key academic departments) run the gamut from libraries linked to codes running on a single researcher's laptop to full-fledged scientific visualization applications running in parallel on national computing resources at supercomputing centers. We also support visualization labs that provide a space to view and present your visualizations.

Services we provide include:

  • consulting with students, faculty and staff to
    • select visualization software tools
    • assist with visualization codes and data formatting
    • figure design 
  • collaborations on select visualization projects
  • supporting visualization lab spaces
  • training/short-course development and delivery


Visualizing Data on Princeton’s High Performance Computing (HPC) Systems

The optimal way to visualize your data on our systems is to use one of Research Computing's visualization computers (either Adroit-Vis, Tigressdata, or Stellar-Viswith the TurboVNC application. Which visualization computer you use depends on the system you get an account for. For more on getting an account, see our Getting Started page.

If you'd like help navigating the visualization systems, reach out to us at


Visualization Software

Research Computing provides a wide range of software tools for scientific visualization. Software tools are available that run locally on users' laptops or workstations and remotely on Research Computing servers. 


Visualization Lab Spaces

Our staff supports the Fine Visualization Lab, located in Fine Hall. 


Need Help with Your Visualizations? 

    Contact Us

    For questions about visualization or training, email us at

    In-Person Consultations

    Help Sessions are an opportunity to meet with research computing staff for one-on-one help with data visualization. We can discuss visualization programs, techniques, data formats, and in particular, how to effectively display your data.

    Help Sessions run on:

    Tuesdays 10:30-11:30am
    Thursdays 2:00-2:00pm  

    To request a help session, please follow the instructions outlined on the Help Sessions page.

      Project Collaborations

      Our staff is available to work on a select number of visualization projects per semester. We consider projects on an ongoing basis, and hold an initial exploratory meeting to understand the needs of each project.

      Contact us at



      Every semester, we offer workshops in both scientific and geospatial visualization.  To see a list of upcoming sessions, go to the Events page and search on "visualization" or "gis" for scientific visualization or geographical information systems respectively.