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Interactive display of large NURBS models

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3 Author(s)
Subodh Kumar ; Dept. of Comput. Sci., Johns Hopkins Univ., Baltimore, MD, USA ; Manocha, D. ; Lastra, A.

We present algorithms for interactive rendering of large-scale NURBS models. The algorithms convert the NURBS surfaces to Bezier surfaces, tessellate each Bezier surface into triangles, and render them using the triangle-rendering capabilities common to current graphics systems. We present algorithms for computing tight bounds on surface properties in order to generate high quality tessellation of Bezier surfaces. We introduce enhanced visibility determination techniques and present methods to make efficient use of coherence between successive frames. In addition, we also discuss issues in parallelization of these techniques. The algorithm also avoids polygonization anomalies like cracks. Our algorithms work well in practice and, on high-end graphics systems, are able to display models described using thousands of Bezier surfaces at interactive frame rates

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Visualization and Computer Graphics, IEEE Transactions on  (Volume:2 ,  Issue: 4 )