The Visual Computer

, Volume 24, Issue 2, pp 77–84 | Cite as

GPU-based rendering of point-sampled water surfaces

  • Kei IwasakiEmail author
  • Yoshinori Dobashi
  • Fujiichi Yoshimoto
  • Tomoyuki Nishita
Original Article


Particle-based simulations are widely used to simulate fluids. We present a real-time rendering method for the results of particle-based simulations of water. Traditional approaches to visualize the results of particle-based simulations construct water surfaces that are usually represented by polygons. To construct water surfaces from the results of particle-based simulations, a density function is assigned to each particle and a density field is computed by accumulating the values of the density functions of all particles. However, the computation of the density field is time consuming. To address this problem, we propose an efficient calculation of density field using a graphics processing unit (GPU). We present a rendering method for water surfaces sampled by points. The use of the GPU permits efficient simulation of optical effects, such as refraction, reflection, and caustics.


Real-time rendering GPU Point-sampled geometry Caustics 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Kei Iwasaki
    • 1
    Email author
  • Yoshinori Dobashi
    • 2
  • Fujiichi Yoshimoto
    • 1
  • Tomoyuki Nishita
    • 3
  1. 1.Department of Computer and Communication SciencesWakayama UniversityWakayamaJapan
  2. 2.Graduate School of Information Science and TechnologyHokkaido UniversityHokkaidoJapan
  3. 3.Graduate School of Frontier SciencesThe University of TokyoTokyoJapan

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