Optimized HLOD Refinement Driven by Hardware Occlusion Queries

Jean Pierre Charalambos, Jiří Bittner, Michael Wimmer, Eduardo Romero
Optimized HLOD Refinement Driven by Hardware Occlusion Queries
In Advances in Visual Computing (Third International Symposium on Visual Computing -- ISVC 2007), pages 106-117. November 2007.
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Abstract

We present a new method for integrating hierarchical levels of detail (HLOD) with occlusion culling. The algorithm refines the HLOD hierarchy using geometric criteria as well as the occlusion information. For the refinement we use a simple model which takes into account the possible distribution of the visible pixels. The traversal of the HLOD hierarchy is optimized by a new algorithm which uses spatial and temporal coherence of visibility. We predict the HLOD refinement condition for the current frame based on the results from the last frame. This allows an efficient update of the front of termination nodes as well as an efficient scheduling of hardware occlusion queries. Compared to previous approaches, the new method improves on speed as well as image quality. The results indicate that the method is very close to the optimal scheduling of occlusion queries for driving the HLOD refinement.

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@inproceedings{CHARALAMBOS-2007-HLOD,
  title =      "Optimized HLOD Refinement Driven by Hardware Occlusion
               Queries",
  author =     "Jean Pierre Charalambos and Ji\v{r}\'{i} Bittner and Michael
               Wimmer and Eduardo Romero",
  year =       "2007",
  abstract =   "We present a new method for integrating hierarchical levels
               of detail (HLOD) with occlusion culling. The algorithm
               refines the HLOD hierarchy using geometric criteria as well
               as the occlusion information. For the refinement we use a
               simple model which takes into account the possible
               distribution of the visible pixels. The traversal of the
               HLOD hierarchy is optimized by a new algorithm which uses
               spatial and temporal coherence of visibility. We predict the
               HLOD refinement condition for the current frame based on the
               results from the last frame. This allows an efficient update
               of the front of termination nodes as well as an efficient
               scheduling of hardware occlusion queries.  Compared to
               previous approaches, the new method improves on speed as
               well as image quality. The results indicate that the method
               is very close to the optimal scheduling of occlusion queries
               for driving the HLOD refinement.",
  month =      nov,
  booktitle =  "Advances in Visual Computing (Third International Symposium
               on Visual Computing -- ISVC 2007)",
  editor =     "Bebis, G.; Boyle, R.; Parvin, B.; Koracin, D.; Paragios, N.;
               Tanveer, S.-M.; Ju, T.; Liu, Z.; Coquillart, S.; Cruz-Neira,
               C.; M\"{o}ller, T.; Malzbender, T.",
  isbn =       "978-3-540-76855-9",
  location =   "Lake Tahoe, Nevada/California",
  publisher =  "Springer",
  series =     "Lecture Notes in Computer Science, volume 4841",
  pages =      "106--117",
  keywords =   "occlusion queries, levels of detail, occlusion culling",
  URL =        "https://www.cg.tuwien.ac.at/research/publications/2007/CHARALAMBOS-2007-HLOD/",
}