Level-Of-Details Rendering with Hardware Tessellation

Thibaud Lambert 1
1 MANAO - Melting the frontiers between Light, Shape and Matter
LaBRI - Laboratoire Bordelais de Recherche en Informatique, Inria Bordeaux - Sud-Ouest, LP2N - Laboratoire Photonique, Numérique et Nanosciences
Abstract : In the last two decades, real-time applications have exhibited colossal improvements in the generation of photo-realistic images. This is mainly due to the availability of 3D models with an increasing amount of details. Currently, the traditional approach to represent and visualize highly detailed 3D objects is to decompose them into a low-frequency mesh and a displacement map encoding the details. The hardware tessellation is the ideal support to implement an efficient rendering of this representation. In this context, we propose a general framework for the generation and the rendering of multi-resolution feature-aware meshes compatible with hardware tessellation. First, we introduce a view-dependent metric capturing both geometric and parametric distortions, allowing to select the appropriate resolution at rendertime. Second, we present a novel hierarchical representation enabling on the one hand smooth temporal and spatial transitions between levels and on the other hand a non-uniform hardware tessellation. Last, we devise a simplification process to generate our hierarchical representation while minimizing our error metric. Our framework leads to huge improvements both in terms of triangle count and rendering time in comparison to alternative methods.
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Thibaud Lambert. Level-Of-Details Rendering with Hardware Tessellation. Other [cs.OH]. Université de Bordeaux, 2017. English. ⟨NNT : 2017BORD0948⟩. ⟨tel-01693796⟩

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