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Image composition schemes for sort-last polygon rendering on 2D mesh multicomputers

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3 Author(s)
Tong-Yee Lee ; Dept. of Inf. Manage, Nantai Coll., Taiwan ; Raghavendra, C.S. ; Nicholas, J.B.

In a sort-last polygon rendering system, the efficiency of image composition is very important for achieving fast rendering. In this paper, the implementation of a sort-last rendering system on a general purpose multicomputer system is described. A two-phase sort-last-full image composition scheme is described first, and then many variants of it are presented for 2D mesh message-passing multicomputers, such as the Intel Delta and Paragon. All the proposed schemes are analyzed and experimentally evaluated on Caltech's Intel Delta machine for our sort-last parallel polygon renderer. Experimental results show that sort-last-sparse strategies are better suited than sort-last-full schemes for software implementation on a general purpose multicomputer system. Further, interleaved composition regions perform better than coherent regions. In a large multicomputer system. Performance can be improved by carefully scheduling the tasks of rendering and communication. Using 512 processors to render our test scenes, the peak rendering rate achieved on a 282,144 triangle dataset is dose to 4.6 million triangles per second which is comparable to the speed of current state-of-the-art graphics workstations

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Visualization and Computer Graphics, IEEE Transactions on  (Volume:2 ,  Issue: 3 )