Tessellated Shading Streaming (Unknown language)

In: Computer Graphics Forum   ;  38 ,  4  ;  171-182  ;  2019
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Presenting high-fidelity 3D content on compact portable devices with low computational power is challenging. Smartphones, tablets and head-mounted displays (HMDs) suffer from thermal and battery-life constraints and thus cannot match the render quality of desktop PCs and laptops. Streaming rendering enables to show high-quality content but can suffer from potentially high latency. We propose an approach to efficiently capture shading samples in object space and packing them into a texture. Streaming this texture to the client, we support temporal frame up-sampling with high fidelity, low latency and high mobility. We introduce two novel sample distribution strategies and a novel triangle representation in the shading atlas space. Since such a system requires dynamic parallelism, we propose an implementation exploiting the power of hardware-accelerated tessellation stages. Our approach allows fast de-coding and rendering of extrapolated views on a client device by using hardwareaccelerated interpolation between shading samples and a set of potentially visible geometry. A comparison to existing shading methods shows that our sample distributions allow better client shading quality than previous atlas streaming approaches and outperforms image-based methods in all relevant aspects.