Interactive Out-of-core Visualization of Very Large Landscapes on Commodity Graphics Platforms

Paolo Cignoni, Fabio Ganovelli, Enrico Gobbetti, Fabio Marton, Federico Ponchio, Roberto Scopigno
International Conference on Virtual Storytelling, Springer Verlag, Volume 2897, page 21--29 - november 2003
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We recently introduced an efficient technique for out-of-core rendering and management of large textured landscapes. The technique, called Batched Dynamic Adaptive Meshes (BDAM), is based on a paired tree structure: a tiled quadtree for texture data and a pair of bintrees of small triangular patches for the geometry. These small patches are TINs that are constructed and optimized off-line with high quality simplification and tristripping algorithms. Hierarchical view frustum culling and view-dependent texture/geometry refinement is performed at each frame with a stateless traversal algorithm that renders a continuous adaptive terrain surface by assembling out of core data. Thanks to the batched CPU/GPU communication model, the proposed technique is not processor intensive and fully harnesses the power of current graphics hardware. This paper summarizes the method and discusses the results obtained in a virtual fly-through over a textured digital landscape derived from aerial imaging.

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  author       = {Cignoni, P. and Ganovelli, F. and Gobbetti, E. and Marton, F. and Ponchio, F. and Scopigno, R.},
  title        = {Interactive Out-of-core Visualization of Very Large Landscapes on Commodity Graphics Platforms},
  booktitle    = {International Conference on Virtual Storytelling},
  volume       = {2897},
  pages        = {21--29},
  month        = {november},
  year         = {2003},
  editor       = {Olivier Balet and Gerard Subsol and Patrice Torguet},
  publisher    = {Springer Verlag},
  note         = {isbn = {3-540-20535-7},  Proc. Second International Conference, ICVS 2003, Toulouse, France, November 20-21, 2003, Proceedings},
  keywords     = {Terrain, TCR, MR},
  url          = {},

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