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I often deal with reasonable sized amount of time series data, 50-200 million doubles with associated time stamps and would like to visualize them dynamically.

Is there existing software to do this effectively? How about libraries and data formats? Zoom-cache is one example of library focusing on large time series. In Zoom-cache the data is summarized at several resolutions to make it easier to view at different resolutions.

Edit: Also if there is anywhere else I should ask this question or seek an answer please let me know.

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Although I have no idea about how it will scale with such huge number of data points, you might want to take a look at Cubism.js. –  chl Jan 17 '13 at 9:27
    
I took a look at Cubism, which looks good for incremental updating graphs from serial streams of data, but with my short search I did not see anything about caching multiple resolutions or summary data to speed up large data sets. Thats for the pointer though it looks like a cool library. –  Davorak Jan 17 '13 at 23:39
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There are a set of research tools called TimeSearcher 1--3 that provide some examples of how to deal with large time-series datasets. Below are some example images from TimeSearcher 2 and 3.

TimeSearcher 2

TimeSearcher 3

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Sorry for self-ad, but Thunderplot (thunderplot.com) would be good candidate for it. I wrote it exactly for interactive plotting of large datasets. I didn't test it with 200KK rows datasets, but it works fine with ~10KK rows. Also there's "read every Nth row" feature, so you can reduce amount of data to store/visualize. I can send you the registration key in exchange to one of those large datasets. :-)

thunderplot screenshot

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