GPU algorithms for diamond-based multiresolution terrain processing

TitleGPU algorithms for diamond-based multiresolution terrain processing
Publication TypeConference Papers
Year of Publication2011
AuthorsYalçın MA, Weiss K, De Floriani L
Conference NameEurographics Symposium on Parallel Graphics and Visualization
Date Published2011///

We present parallel algorithms for processing, extracting and rendering adaptively sampled regular terraindatasets represented as a multiresolution model defined by a super-square-based diamond hierarchy. This model
represents a terrain as a nested triangle mesh generated through a series of longest edge bisections and encoded
in an implicit hierarchical structure, which clusters triangles into diamonds and diamonds into super-squares. We
decompose the problem into three parallel algorithms for performing: generation of the diamond hierarchy from
a regularly distributed terrain dataset, selective refinement on the diamond hierarchy and generation of the corre-
sponding crack-free triangle mesh for processing and rendering. We avoid the data transfer bottleneck common to
previous approaches by processing all data entirely on the GPU. We demonstrate that this parallel approach can
be successfully applied to interactive terrain visualization with a high tessellation quality on commodity GPUs.