BUG Live visualization of VTKRectilinearGrid doesn't work

Hello to the ParaView crew,

We faced a bug with Paraview 5.8.0 in the live visualization of VTKRectilinearGrid. A minimal driver example can be found here

driver-bug-report.tar.gz (6.4 KB)

To run the example, create a build directory, cd inside it and run:

  1. cmake -DUSE_CATALYST=ON -DCMAKE_BUILD_TYPE=Release -DParaView_VERSION=5.8 ..
  2. cmake --build .
  3. mpirun -np 2 ./CxxRectilinearGridExample <yourpath>/driver-bug-report/SampleScripts/feslicescript.py

The example correctly writes the pvtr files, but it makes paraview crash when trying to visualize them live. The slices are correctly visualized also live.

The error on crash is:

  1. from pvbatch side:
(  26.192s) [pvbatch.0       ]vtkMultiProcessControll:175   WARN| vtkRectilinearGrid cannot be merged
(  29.532s) [pvbatch.0       ]vtkSocketCommunicator.c:786    ERR| vtkSocketCommunicator (0x4fd7d50): Could not receive tag. 1
(  29.532s) [pvbatch.0       ]vtkMultiProcessControll:640    ERR| vtkSocketController (0x5137940): Could not receive RMI trigger message.
  1. from paraview GUI:
Loguru caught a signal: SIGSEGV
Stack trace:
26            0x40c2ca paraview() [0x40c2ca]
25      0x7f17426cac05 __libc_start_main + 245
24            0x40bf8a paraview() [0x40bf8a]
23      0x7f173679da40 QCoreApplication::exec() + 128
22      0x7f17367948fa QEventLoop::exec(QFlags<QEventLoop::ProcessEventsFlag>) + 298
21      0x7f17367f4e9c QEventDispatcherGlib::processEvents(QFlags<QEventLoop::ProcessEventsFlag>) + 92
20      0x7f172756567c g_main_context_iteration + 44
19      0x7f17275654a0 /gpfs/work/cin_staff/amemmol1/spack/install/linux-centos7-broadwell/gcc-7.3.0/glib-2.64.3-k2kdvetrok6m2sitzabkk43q44acilpx/lib/libglib-2.0.so.0(+0x5c4a0) [0x7f17275654a0]
18      0x7f17275651c2 g_main_context_dispatch + 1362
17      0x7f17367f4b7c /gpfs/work/cin_staff/amemmol1/spack/install/linux-centos7-broadwell/gcc-7.3.0/qt-5.14.2-zzcqf63o4xs4prosv7a6w3gdvxbu2y4c/lib/libQt5Core.so.5(+0x2f3b7c) [0x7f17367f4b7c]
16      0x7f17367f4146 QTimerInfoList::activateTimers() + 1622
15      0x7f1736795f08 QCoreApplication::notifyInternal2(QObject*, QEvent*) + 280
14      0x7f1738ecc6ff QApplication::notify(QObject*, QEvent*) + 703
13      0x7f1738ec59dc QApplicationPrivate::notify_helper(QObject*, QEvent*) + 156
12      0x7f17367c7feb QObject::event(QEvent*) + 139
11      0x7f17367d3cc8 QTimer::timerEvent(QTimerEvent*) + 40
10      0x7f17367d3997 QTimer::timeout(QTimer::QPrivateSignal) + 39
9       0x7f17367cfda3 /gpfs/work/cin_staff/amemmol1/spack/install/linux-centos7-broadwell/gcc-7.3.0/qt-5.14.2-zzcqf63o4xs4prosv7a6w3gdvxbu2y4c/lib/libQt5Core.so.5(+0x2ceda3) [0x7f17367cfda3]
8       0x7f1741366c7d /gpfs/work/cin_staff/amemmol1/spack/install/linux-centos7-broadwell/gcc-7.3.0/paraview-5.8.0-mb6kqq7wn5eysif3hhs4btlcgwhv3xin/lib64/libpqCore-pv5.8.so.1(+0x131c7d) [0x7f1741366c7d]
7       0x7f1741333029 pqServer::processServerNotification() + 169
6       0x7f173b916362 vtkTCPNetworkAccessManager::ProcessEventsInternal(unsigned long, bool) + 690
5       0x7f173c4339de vtkMultiProcessController::ProcessRMIs(int, int) + 334
4       0x7f173c43338b vtkMultiProcessController::ProcessRMI(int, void*, int, int) + 299
3       0x7f1736e8ac1c /gpfs/work/cin_staff/amemmol1/spack/install/linux-centos7-broadwell/gcc-7.3.0/paraview-5.8.0-mb6kqq7wn5eysif3hhs4btlcgwhv3xin/lib64/libvtkPVServerManagerKit-pv5.8.so.1(+0x211c1c) [0x7f1736e8ac1c]
2       0x7f1736e89ef7 vtkLiveInsituLink::OnInsituPostProcess(double, long long) + 199
1       0x7f1736e8199b vtkExtractsDeliveryHelper::Update() + 907
0       0x7f17426de270 /lib64/libc.so.6(+0x35270) [0x7f17426de270]
( 356.906s) [paraview        ]                       :0     FATL| Signal: SIGSEGV
Segmentation fault (core dumped)

Thanks to anybody (and perhaps we can add our example to the Catalyst example list, which lacks the VTKRectilinearGrid).


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I have spent quite some time trying to figure out live visualization with rectilinear grids over a year ago until I finally gave up running out of time.

These are my related topics which may be relevant here:

and then there is this issue:

@bastian: this issue seems different and unrelated to ghost cells.

@amemmolo: could you share the dataset crashing ParaView ?

If Antonio’s code does not use ghost cells this is probably right.
It’s just that I also received the message vtkRectilinearGrid cannot be merged and in my case it was due to the ghost cells. Just saying.

Hi Mathieu,

The tar.gz that I attached in the issue opening contains already a minimal example that makes Paraview crash. To be more precise, the dataset is correctly written as pvtr output, and if I open the produced dataset (offline), everything goes smoothly, and no error arises. The error arises only during the Live visualization.

You should be able to replicate the issue by recompiling the minimal example and trying the Live visualization.

Thanks for your effort

Hi Bastian,

We have the error even without ghosts. The attached minimal example should also not use them.


I missed the part where you said ParaView crashes when visualizing live.
So I assume that analysing the data offline does not cause any issues ?

This would require much deeper analysis.

The answer is in the first warning

(  26.192s) [pvbatch.0       ]vtkMultiProcessControll:175   WARN| vtkRectilinearGrid cannot be merged

To perform live visu, all nodes should send data to rank 0. This rank should aggregate data and render it. Problem, the code that should handle the aggregation (https://gitlab.kitware.com/paraview/paraview/-/blob/master/VTKExtensions/Core/vtkMultiProcessControllerHelper.cxx#L115) does not support vtkRectilinearGrid … This may be improved using the vtkAppendRectilinearGridFilter

@amemmolo, can you open an issue https://gitlab.kitware.com/paraview/paraview/-/issues ? (we also accept MR if you want to)

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Opened issue https://gitlab.kitware.com/paraview/paraview/-/issues/20176


Analysing the data offline everything works smoothly. Actually, if I’m not wrong, when I don’t directly visualize the rectilinear grid everything works even live (i.e., taking a contour out of the rectilinear grid without visualizing the rectilinear grid, and then visualizing only the contour (which is now unstructured), it works), but it is not easy for me to test it right now because of my current connection