Fast Random Sampling of Triangular Meshes (English)

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We present a simple and fast algorithm for generating randomly distributed points on a triangle mesh with probability density specified by a two-dimensional texture. Efficiency is achieved by resampling the density texture on an adaptively subdivided version of the input mesh. This allows us to generate the samples up to 40 x faster than the rejection sampling algorithm, the fastest existing alternative. We demonstrate the algorithm in two applications: fast placement of hair roots on a surface and sampling of illumination from a complex luminaire. Part of our mesh sampling procedure is a new general acceleration technique for drawing samples from a 1D discrete probability distribution whose utility extends beyond the mesh sampling problem.

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