Slab-Based Raycasting: Efficient Volume Rendering with CUDA

Jörg Mensmann, Timo Ropinski, Klaus Hinrichs
High Performance Graphics - 2009
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GPU-based raycasting is the state-of-the-art rendering technique for interactive volume visualization. The ray traversal is usually implemented in a fragment shader, utilizing the hardware in a way that was not originally intended. New programming interfaces for stream processing, such as CUDA, support a more general programming model and the use of additional device features, which are not accessible through traditional shader programming.
We propose a slab-based raycasting technique that is modeled specifically to use these features to accelerate volume rendering. This technique is based on experience gained from comparing fragment shader implementations of basic raycasting to implementations directly translated to CUDA kernels. The comparison covers direct volume rendering with a variety of optional features, e.g., gradient and lighting calculations.

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See also

An Advanced Volume Raycasting Technique using GPU Stream Processing, International Conference on Computer Graphics Theory and Applications (GRAPP 2010)

BibTex references

@inproceedings{MRH09,
  author       = {Mensmann, J{\"o}rg and Ropinski, Timo and Hinrichs, Klaus},
  title        = {{Slab-Based Raycasting: Efficient Volume Rendering with CUDA}},
  booktitle    = {High Performance Graphics},
  year         = {2009},
  note         = {poster presentation}
}

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