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GPU Gems 3 by Hubert Nguyen

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Chapter 32. Broad-Phase Collision Detection with CUDA

Scott Le Grand NVIDIA Corporation

Collision detection among many 3D objects is an important component of physics simulation, computer-aided design, molecular modeling, and other applications. Most efficient implementations use a two-phase approach: a broad phase followed by a narrow phase. In the broad phase, collision tests are conservative—usually based on bounding volumes only—but fast in order to quickly prune away pairs of objects that do not collide with each other. The output of the broad phase is the potentially colliding set of pairs of objects. In the narrow phase, collision tests are exact—they usually compute exact contact points and normals—thus much more costly, but performed for ...

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