Interactive editing of complex terrains on parallel graphics architectures

Gün, Ufuk
Rendering large terrains on large screens at interactive frame rates is a challenging area of computer graphics. In the last decade, real-time terrain rendering on large screens played a significant role in various simulations and virtual reality systems. To fulfill the demand of these systems, two software tools are developed. The first tool is a Terrain Editor that creates and manipulates large terrains. The second is a Multi-Display Viewer that displays the created terrains on multiple screens. Since the typical large terrains consist of many polygons, graphics boards might have difficulties in rendering the terrain at interactive frame rates. The common solution to this problem is to use terrain simplification without losing image quality. To this purpose, in this study, a paged level of detail mechanism that works with multiple threads is developed and integrated on multiple screen display systems to increase the performance of the high resolution systems.


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Citation Formats
U. Gün, “Interactive editing of complex terrains on parallel graphics architectures,” M.S. - Master of Science, Middle East Technical University, 2009.