GVDB: Raytracing Sparse Voxel Database Structures on the GPU [article]

Rama Karl Hoetzlein
2016 High Performance Graphics  
Simulation and rendering of sparse volumetric data have different constraints and solutions depending on the application area. Generating precise simulations and understanding very large data are problems in scientific visualization, whereas convincing simulations and realistic visuals are challenges in motion pictures. Both require volumes with dynamic topology, very large domains, and efficient high quality rendering.We present the GPU voxel database structure, GVDB, based on the voxel
more » ... e topology of Museth [Mus13], as a method for efficient GPU-based compute and raytracing on a sparse hierarchy of grids. GVDB introduces an indexed memory pooling design for dynamic topology, and a novel hierarchical traversal for efficient raytracing on the GPU. Examples are provided for ray sampling of volumetric data, rendering of isosurfaces with multiple scattering, and raytracing of level sets. We demonstrate that GVDB can give large performance improvements over CPU methods with identical quality.
doi:10.2312/hpg.20161197 dblp:conf/egh/Hoetzlein16 fatcat:sbbmu7uiune4lje4w3isru4iby