SIGGRAPH Poster: GPU Histogram Computation

August 10th, 2006

This SIGGRAPH poster by Oliver Fluck et al. presents an approach to computing histograms in fragment shaders. The proposed method enables iterative and histogram-guided algorithms to run on GPUs and avoids data transfer between the GPU and main memory. The algorithm has been demonstrated using the example of a GPU level set segmentation. (GPU Histogram Computation)

GPU_KLT: A GPU-based Implementation of the Kanade-Lucas-Tomasi Feature Tracker

August 10th, 2006

GPU_KLT is an implementation (using OpenGL/Cg) of the popular KLT feature tracker which runs primarily on the graphics processing unit (GPU). The GPU-based implementation emulates Stan Birchfield’s KLT implementation of the original algorithm proposed by Kanade, Lucas and Tomasi (1991). GPU_KLT tracks approximately 1000 feature points within 1024×768 resolution video at 30 Hz on an ATI 1900 XT and at 25 Hz on a Nvidia Geforce 7900 GTX. It can be used for real-time computer vision systems involving object detection, structure from motion, robot navigation and video surveillance. Source code is available for research use on the GPU_KLT webpage (Sudipta N Sinha, Jan-Michael Frahm, Marc Pollefeys and Yakup Genc, “Feature Tracking and Matching in Video Using Programmable Graphics Hardware”,
submitted to Machine Vision and Applications, July 2006.)

Real-Time Relativistic Optical Calculations on the GPU

August 10th, 2006

This paper by Savage, Searle and McCalman describes a program which uses the built in support for 4-vector/matrix operations on a programmable GPU to perform Lorentz transformations on relativistic 4-momentum vectors in real time. This allows a pixel shader to render relativistic effects such as Geometric Aberration, Doppler shift and the Headlight effect in response to user’s interaction. A program, “Real-Time Relativity”, has been written to demonstrate these effects. (Real-Time Relativity. C. M. Savage, A. C. Searle, L. McCalman. Physics ArXiv)

Ph.D. dissertation discusses GPU-accelerated advanced rendering and image processing techniques

August 10th, 2006

The Ph.D. dissertation Rendering Methods for Augmented Reality by Jan Fischer describes several GPU-based methods for artistic and illustrative rendering. A real-time video filter is described, which generates a cartoon-like version of the input video and is executed entirely on the GPU (Section 3.3). Section 4.2 of the thesis discusses a GPU-based algorithm for the real-time illustrative display of hidden structures in polygonal datasets. In Section 4.3, the real-time conversion of augmented reality video streams into an illustrative style on the GPU is described. The thesis discusses the underlying image processing and rendering algorithms as well as implementation-specific aspects of the respective GPU techniques. (Jan Fischer, Rendering Methods for Augmented Reality, Dissertation, University of Tübingen, June 2006)

Geomerics Demonstrate Real-Time Radiosity on the GPU

August 9th, 2006

Geomerics, a new R&D company based in Cambridge UK, have recently announced a real-time radiosity simulation running entirely on the GPU. The solution runs at up to 100hz on common graphics hardware and allows for fully dynamic lighting, including spot-lights, projected texture or video lighting, and area lights. It integrates well with traditional modeling techniques such as normal mapping, and all lighting is performed in high dynamic range. Videos, screen shots and further details of the simulation can be found on the  Geomerics website.

Implementation of float-float operators on graphics hardware

July 22nd, 2006

Abstract: The Graphics Processing Unit (GPU) has evolved into a powerful and flexible processor. The latest graphics processors provide fully programmable vertex and pixel processing units that support vector operations up to single floating-point precision. This computational power is now being used for general-purpose computations. However, some applications require higher precision than single precision. This paper describes the emulation of a 44-bit floating-point number format and its corresponding operations. An implementation is presented along with performance and accuracy results. (G. Da Graca, D. Defour. Implementation of float-float operators on graphics hardware. 7th conference on Real Numbers and Computers, RNC7, Nancy, France, July 2006.)

GPGPU “Birds of a Feather” at SIGGRAPH 2006

July 19th, 2006
  • Location: Boston Convention and Exhibition Center
  • Room: Room 108
  • Date: Thursday, August 3rd
  • Time: 11am-1:00pm

Since there is not a GPGPU course offering at SIGGRAPH this year, we have scheduled a GPGPU “Birds of a Feather” (BOF) for everyone interested in GPGPU at SIGGRAPH. The current plan is for the BOF to be an informal gathering to chat about GPGPU. Many of the academics doing research in GPGPU plan to be there, as well as industry folks, including ATI and NVIDIA.

Since the BOF is scheduled during lunch, it will be a “brown bag” event, so bring lunch with you. We’ll keep you updated on any status changes in the forums. (Credit goes to Mike Houston for organizing.)

Fantasy Lab introduces GPU-accelerated real-time global illumination engine with displacement-mapped subdivision surfaces

June 30th, 2006

Fantasy Lab, a game developer located in the San Francisco Bay area, has announced its new game engine, which includes support for real-time global illumination and displacement-mapped subdivision surfaces. Videos on the company’s website show global illumination on an animated subdivision-surface-based character. The global illumination solution for the videos is calculated in 3.3 milliseconds per frame (300 frames per second) on an NVIDIA GeForce Go 7900 GTX (a laptop GPU).

A work-efficient step-efficient prefix-sum algorithm

June 22nd, 2006

This extended abstract by Sengupta et al. presents a work-efficient step-efficient prefix-sum algorithm. This algorithm achieves a three to four fold speedup over the step-efficient prefix-sum algorithm presented by Daniel Horn in GPU Gems 2. It can also be tuned to efficiently run on future hardware which would have a higher degree of parallelism. (A work-efficient step-efficient prefix-sum algorithm. Shubhabrata Sengupta, Aaron E. Lefohn, John D. Owens in in Proceedings of the 2006 Workshop on Edge Computing Using New Commodity Architectures.)

TyphoonLabs OpenGL Shader Designer source code released

June 21st, 2006

TyphoonLabs has released the OpenGL Shader Designer source code, in response to many requests, and in gratitude to the OpenGL community. The source code is released under the LGPL license and can be downloaded from in the
downloads section. Linux binaries will be released later this month.

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