Joe KnissUniversity of Utah
Aaron LefohnUniversity of California, Davis
Nathaniel FoutUniversity of California, Davis
In this chapter, we describe a toolkit of tricks for interactively rendering 2D and 3D data sets that are stored in difficult formats. These data formats are common in GPGPU computations and when volume rendering from compressed data. GPGPU examples include the “flat 3D textures” used for cloud and fire simulations and the sparse formats used for implicit surface deformations. These applications use complex data formats to optimize for efficient GPU computation rather than for efficient rendering. However, such nonstandard and difficult data formats do not easily ...