Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: doi:10.22028/D291-25977
Title: Object partitioning considered harmful : space subdivision for BVHs
Author(s): Popov, Stefan Georgiev
Language: German
Year of Publication: 2009
OPUS Source: Proceedings, high-performance graphics 2009 : New Orleans, Louisiana, August 1-3, 2009 / David Luebke … - New York : Association for Computing Machinery, 2009, S. 15-22
DDC notations: 004 Computer science, internet
Publikation type: Conference Paper
Abstract: A major factor for the efficiency of ray tracing is the use of good acceleration structures. Recently, bounding volume hierarchies (BVHs) have become the preferred acceleration structures, due to their competitive performance and greater flexibility compared to KD trees. In this paper, we present a study on algorithms for the construction of optimal BVHs. Due to the exponential nature of the problem, constructing optimal BVHs for ray tracing remains an open topic. By exploiting the linearity of the surface area heuristic (SAH), we develop an algorithm that can find optimal partitions in polynomial time. We further generalize this algorithm and show that every SAH-based KD tree or BVH construction algorithm is a special case of the generic algorithm. Based on a number of experiments with the generic algorithm, we conclude that the assumption of non-terminating rays in the surface area cost model becomes a major obstacle for using the full potential of BVHs. We also observe that enforcing space subdivision helps to improve BVH performance. Finally, we develop a simple space partitioning algorithm for building efficient BVHs.
Link to this record: urn:nbn:de:bsz:291-scidok-31746
ISBN: 978-1-60558-603-8
Date of registration: 30-Jun-2010
Faculty: MI - Fakultät für Mathematik und Informatik
Department: MI - Informatik
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