Out-of-core algorithms for scientific visualization and computer graphics Academic Article uri icon


  • This course will focus on describing techniques for handling datasets larger than main memory in scientific visualization and computer graphics. Recently, several external memory techniques have been developed for a wide variety of graphics and visualization problems, including surface simplification, volume rendering, isosurface generation, ray tracing, surface reconstruction, and so on. This work has had significant impact given that in recent years there has been a rapid increase in the raw size of datasets. Several technological trends are contributing to this, such as the development of high-resolution 3D scanners, and the need to visualize ASCI-size (Accelerated Strategic Computing Initiative) datasets. Another important push for this kind of technology is the growing speed gap between main memory and caches, such a gap penalizes algorithms which do not optimize for …

publication date

  • January 1, 2002