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
    • design and review figures created for publication 
  • collaborations on select visualization projects
  • supporting visualization lab spaces
  • training/short-course development and delivery


Visualizing Data on Research Computing'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, della-vis1 or della-vis2, and stellar-vis1 or stellar-vis2, or Tigressdata). For more information, see our article on how to use these systems for visualization or graphical user interface (GUI) work.

Which visualization computer (also known as visualization nodes) you use depends on the cluster you have an account for. For more on how to get started using our clusters, including how to get an account, see our Getting Started page.

If you'd like help navigating the visualization systems, reach out to us at [email protected].


Visualization Software

Research Computing provides a wide range of software tools for 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 [email protected].

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  

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 [email protected].



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.