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Scalable hybrid unstructured and structured grid raycasting.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  17968114     Owner:  NLM     Status:  PubMed-not-MEDLINE    
Abstract/OtherAbstract:
This paper presents a scalable framework for real-time raycasting of large unstructured volumes that employs a hybrid bricking approach. It adaptively combines original unstructured bricks in important (focus) regions, with structured bricks that are resampled on demand in less important (context) regions. The basis of this focus+context approach is interactive specification of a scalar degree of interest (DOI) function. Thus, rendering always considers two volumes simultaneously: a scalar data volume, and the current DOI volume. The crucial problem of visibility sorting is solved by raycasting individual bricks and compositing in visibility order from front to back. In order to minimize visual errors at the grid boundary, it is always rendered accurately, even for resampled bricks. A variety of different rendering modes can be combined, including contour enhancement. A very important property of our approach is that it supports a variety of cell types natively, i.e., it is not constrained to tetrahedral grids, even when interpolation within cells is used. Moreover, our framework can handle multi-variate data, e.g., multiple scalar channels such as temperature or pressure, as well as time-dependent data. The combination of unstructured and structured bricks with different quality characteristics such as the type of interpolation or resampling resolution in conjunction with custom texture memory management yields a very scalable system.
Authors:
Philipp Muigg; Markus Hadwiger; Helmut Doleisch; Helwig Hauser
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  IEEE transactions on visualization and computer graphics     Volume:  13     ISSN:  1077-2626     ISO Abbreviation:  IEEE Trans Vis Comput Graph     Publication Date:    2007 Nov-Dec
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2007-10-30     Completed Date:  2007-12-14     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9891704     Medline TA:  IEEE Trans Vis Comput Graph     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  1592-9     Citation Subset:  -    
Affiliation:
VRVis Research Center, Austria. muigg@vrvis.at
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