Towards a Scalable Architecture for Real-Time Volume Rendering

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Title: Towards a Scalable Architecture for Real-Time Volume Rendering
Author: Pfister, Hanspeter; Kaufman, Arie; Wessels, Frank

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Citation: Pfister, Hanspeter, Arie Kaufman, and Frank Wessels. 1995. Towards a scalable architecture for real-time volume rendering. In Proceeding of the 10th Eurographics Workshop on Graphics Hardware: August 28-29, 1995, MECC, Maastricht, ed. W. Straßer, 123-130. Aire-La-Ville, Switzerland: Eurographics Association.
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Abstract: In this paper we present our research eff orts towards a
scalable volume rendering architecture for the real-time
visualization of dynamically changing high-resolution
datasets. Using a linearly skewed memory interleaving we were able to develop a parallel data
ow model
that leads to local, fixed-bandwidth interconnections between processing elements. This parallel dataflow model
diff ers from previous work in that it requires no global
communication of data except at the pixel level. Using this data
ow model we are developing Cube-4, an
architecture that is scalable to very high performances
and allows for modular and extensible hardware implementations.
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