Parallel Particle Rendering: a Performance Comparison between Chromium and Aura (English)

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In the fields of high performance computing and distributed rendering, there is a great need for a flexible and scalable architecture that supports coupling of parallel simulations to commodity visualization clusters. The most popular architecture that allows such flexibility, called Chromium, is a parallel implementation of OpenGL. It has sufficient performance on applications with static scenes, but in case of more dynamic content this approach often fails. We have developed Aura, a distributed scene graph library, which allows optimized performance for both static and more dynamic scenes. In this paper we compare the performance of Chromium and Aura. For our performance tests, we have selected a dynamic particle system application, which reveals several issues with the Chromium approach of implementing the OpenGL API. Because our distributed scene graph architecture was designed with a different approach, the test results will show that it performs better on this application.

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    Parallel Particle Rendering: a Performance Comparison between Chromium and Aura
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    The Eurographics Association
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    2006
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Rendering on Demand
Chalmers, A. / Debattista, K. / Sundstedt, V. / Longhurst, P. / Gillibrand, R. | 2006
19
An Application of Scalable Massive Model Interaction using Shared-Memory Systems
Stephens, Abe / Boulos, Solomon / Bigler, James / Wald, Ingo / Parker, Steven | 2006
27
Accelerating the Irradiance Cache through Parallel Component-Based Rendering
Debattista, Kurt / Santos, Luís Paulo / Chalmers, Alan | 2006
35
Parallel Simulation of Cloth on Distributed Memory Architectures
Thomaszewski, B. / Blochinger, W. | 2006
43
Dynamic Load Balancing for Parallel Volume Rendering
Marchesin, Stéphane / Mongenet, Catherine / Dischler, Jean-Michel | 2006
51
Interactive Volume Rendering of Unstructured Grids with Time-Varying Scalar Fields
Bernardon, Fábio F. / Callahan, Steven P. / Comba, João L. D. / Silva, Cláudio T. | 2006
59
Optimized Volume Raycasting for Graphics-Hardware-based Cluster Systems
Müller, C. / Strengert, M. / Ertl, T. | 2006
67
Accelerated Volume Rendering with Homogeneous Region Encoding using Extended Anisotropic Chessboard Distance on GPU
Es, A. / Keles, H. Y. / Isler, V. | 2006
75
Parallel Texture-Based Vector Field Visualization on Curved Surfaces Using GPU Cluster Computers
Bachthaler, S. / Strengert, M. / Weiskopf, D. / Ertl, T. | 2006
83
Distributed Force-Directed Graph Layout and Visualization
Mueller, Christopher / Gregor, Douglas / Lumsdaine, Andrew | 2006
91
Time Step Prioritising in Parallel Feature Extraction on Unsteady Simulation Data
Wolter, M. / Hentschel, B. / Schirski, M. / Gerndt, A. / Kuhlen, T. | 2006
99
Parallelization of Inverse Design of Luminaire Reflectors
Magallon, J. A. / Patow, G. / Seron, F. J. / Pueyo, X. | 2006
109
The Challenges of Commodity-Based Visualization Clusters
Klosowski, J. T. | 2006
111
WinSGL: Software Genlocking for Cost-Effective Display Synchronization under Microsoft Windows
Waschbüsch, M. / Cotting, D. / Duller, M. / Gross, M. | 2006
119
Sorted Pipeline Image Composition
Roth, Marcus / Reiners, Dirk | 2006
127
Optimized Visualization for Tiled Displays
Lorenz, Mario / Brunnett, Guido | 2006
137
Parallel Particle Rendering: a Performance Comparison between Chromium and Aura
Schaaf, Tom van der / Koutek, Michal / Bal, Henri | 2006
145
Piggybacking for More Efficient Parallel Out-of-Core Isosurfacing
Newman, Timothy S. / Ma, Wenjun | 2006
153
A Scalable, Hybrid Scheme for Volume Rendering Massive Data Sets
Childs, Hank / Duchaineau, Mark / Ma, Kwan-Liu | 2006
163
Remote Large Data Visualization in the ParaView Framework
Cedilnik, Andy / Geveci, Berk / Moreland, Kenneth / Ahrens, James / Favre, Jean | 2006
171
Multi-layered Image Caching for Distributed Rendering of Large Multiresolution Datasets
Strasser, Jonathan / Pascucci, Valerio / Ma, Kwan-Lui | 2006