Smooth Levels of Detail

Dieter Schmalstieg, Gernot Schaufler
Smooth Levels of Detail
TR-186-2-97-03, March 1997 [paper]

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Abstract

Levels of detail (LODs) are used in interactive computer graphics to avoid overload of the rendering hardware with to high numbers of polygons. While conventional methods use a small set of discrete LODs, we introduce a new class of polygonal simplification: Smooth LODs. A very large number of small details encoded in a data stream allows a progressive refinement of the object from a very coarse approximation to the original high quality representation. Advantages of the new approach include progressive transmission and encoding suitable for networked applications, interactive selection of any desired quality, and compression of the data by incremental and redundancy free encoding.

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@techreport{Schmalstieg-1997-SMO,
  title =      "Smooth Levels of Detail",
  author =     "Dieter Schmalstieg and Gernot Schaufler",
  year =       "1997",
  abstract =   "Levels of detail (LODs) are used in interactive computer
               graphics to avoid overload of the rendering hardware with to
               high numbers of polygons. While conventional methods use a
               small set of discrete LODs, we introduce a new class of
               polygonal simplification: Smooth LODs. A very large number
               of small details encoded in a data stream allows a
               progressive refinement of the object from a very coarse
               approximation to the original high quality representation.
               Advantages of the new approach include progressive
               transmission and encoding suitable for networked
               applications, interactive selection of any desired quality,
               and compression of the data by incremental and redundancy
               free encoding.",
  month =      mar,
  number =     "TR-186-2-97-03",
  address =    "Favoritenstrasse 9-11/186, A-1040 Vienna, Austria",
  institution = "Institute of Computer Graphics and Algorithms, Vienna
               University of Technology",
  note =       "human contact: technical-report@cg.tuwien.ac.at",
  keywords =   "vertex clustering, progressive meshes, levels of detail",
  URL =        "https://www.cg.tuwien.ac.at/research/publications/1997/Schmalstieg-1997-SMO/",
}