Computing and Visualization in Science

, Volume 15, Issue 3, pp 111–121 | Cite as

Evaluation of per-pixel linked lists for distributed rendering and comparative analysis

  • Daniel Kauker
  • Michael Krone
  • Alexandros Panagiotidis
  • Guido Reina
  • Thomas Ertl
Special Issue: Remote Visualization

Abstract

Rendering scenes with overlapping transparent faces is challenging for several reasons, including sorting geometry, managing multiple per-pixel fragments, and compositing. These questions have been solved for local rendering previously, for example by order-independent transparency approaches like Depth Peeling or A-buffer implementations. We discuss order-independent transparency algorithms in context of distributed rendering for large data sets or simulations which by design split the work load among a number of computation nodes. Furthermore, we evaluate a per-pixel linked list approach for distributed mesh rendering and multi-variant analysis of molecule data sets.

Keywords

Distributed rendering Order-independent transparency  Multi-variant data analysis 

Mathematics Subject Classification

68U05 Computer graphics 68M14 Distributed systems 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Daniel Kauker
    • 1
  • Michael Krone
    • 1
  • Alexandros Panagiotidis
    • 1
  • Guido Reina
    • 1
  • Thomas Ertl
    • 1
  1. 1.VISUS, University of StuttgartStuttgartGermany

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