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Abstract-Any sufficiently smooth, positive, real-valued function ψ : S2 → K+ on a sphere S2 can be expanded by a Laplace expansion into a sum of spherical harmonics. Given the Laplace expansion coefficients, we provide a CPU and GPU-based algorithm that renders the radial graph of ψ in a fast and efficient way by ray-casting the glyph of ψ in the fragment shader of a GPU. The proposed rendering algorithm has proven highly useful in the visualization of high angular resolution diffusion imaging (HARDI) data. Our implementation of the rendering algorithm can display simultaneously thousands of glyphs depicting the local diffusivity of water. The rendering is fast enough to allow for interactive manipulation of large HARDI data sets.
Visualization and Computer Graphics, IEEE Transactions on (Volume:17 , Issue: 5 )
Date of Publication: May 2011