ParaView users can quickly build visualizations to analyze their data using qualitative and quantitative techniques. The data exploration can be done interactively in 3D or programmatically using ParaView’s batch processing capabilities. ParaView was developed to analyze extremely large datasets using distributed memory computing resources. It can be run on supercomputers to analyze datasets of exascale size as well as on laptops for smaller data.


Catalyst is an open-source data analysis and visualization library designed to be tightly coupled with simulation codes. It can be directly embedded into parallel simulation codes to perform in situ analysis at run time. Catalyst leverages the Visualization Toolkit (VTK) for scalable data analysis and visualization. Furthermore, it can be coupled with the ParaView In Situ Analysis Framework to perform run-time visualization of data extracts and steering of the data analysis pipeline.

Cinema is an open-source, novel framework built on top of ParaView that couples processing exporters and a client user interface for output analysis using images or other types of reduced data. Cinema captures images based on several camera positions and filter configurations.