Hybrid sort-first and sort-last parallel rendering with a cluster of PCs

Rudrajit Samanta, Thomas Allen Funkhouser, Kai Li, Jaswinder Pal Singh

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We investigate a new hybrid of sort-first and sort-last approach for parallel polygon rendering, using as a target platform a cluster of PCs. Unlike previous methods that statically partition the 3D model and/or the 2D image, our approach performs dynamic, view-dependent and coordinated partitioning of both the 3D model and the 2D image. Using a specific algorithm that follows this approach, we show that it performs better than previous approaches and scales better with both processor count and screen resolution. Overall, our algorithm, is able to achieve interactive frame rates with efficiencies of 55.0% to 70.5% during simulations of a system with 64 PCs. While it does have potential disadvantages in client-side processing and in dynamic data management - which also stem from its dynamic, view-dependent nature - these problems are likely to diminish with technology trends in the future.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationProceedings of the SIGGRAPH/Eurographics Workshop on Graphics Hardware
Number of pages12
StatePublished - Dec 1 2000
Event2000 SIGGRAPH/EUROGRAPHICS Workshop on Graphics Hardware - Interlaken, Switz
Duration: Aug 21 2000Aug 22 2000


Other2000 SIGGRAPH/EUROGRAPHICS Workshop on Graphics Hardware
CityInterlaken, Switz

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Hardware and Architecture
  • Computer Science Applications


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