Fourier Volume Rendering on the GPU Using a Split-Stream FFT

March 1st, 2005

This paper by Jansen et al. describes how to utilize current commodity graphics hardware to perform Fourier volume rendering directly on the GPU. The paper presents a novel implementation of the Fast Fourier Transform: This Split-Stream-FFT maps the recursive structure of the FFT to the GPU in an efficient way. Additionally, high-quality resampling within the frequency domain is discussed. The implementation enables visualization of large volumetric data sets at interactive frame rates on a mid-range computer system. (Fourier Volume Rendering on the GPU Using a Split-Stream FFT)

GPU Gems 2 Sample Chapter #2 Released

February 17th, 2005

A second GPU Gems 2 sample chapter, Streaming Architectures and Technology Trends (Chapter 29), by John Owens is now available. The first sample chapter Per-Pixel Displacement with Distance Functions (Chapter 8), was released last week.

“Simulation Practice and Theory” Special Issue on Programmable Graphics Hardware

February 9th, 2005

A Special Issue of the Elsevier Journal “Simulation Practice and Theory” about Programmable Graphics Hardware is planned for 2005. Authors of papers which explore simulation studies and algorithms utilizing graphics hardware are invited to participate in the special issue. Please see the Call for Papers for more information.

GPU Gems 2 Sample Material Released

February 9th, 2005

The upcoming GPU Gems 2 book is now in press and the first copies will be available at GDC 2005 in San Francisco. Several pieces of sample material from GPU Gems 2 have been released. These include a Visual Table of Contents (shown at right, which will be inside the front cover), the foreword (by Tim Sweeney, Epic Games), the preface, and the contributor biographies.

A first sample chapter, Per-Pixel Displacement Mapping with Distance Functions, has also been released. (GPU Gems 2 Homepage.)

New Feature: GPGPU Forums RSS Feed

January 29th, 2005

The forums at have proven quite popular. To keep them up to date with the latest web technology, we’ve added RSS syndication to the forums. This way, you can follow GPGPU discussions through any RSS-enabled “feed reader” (such as NetNewsWire, Feed Demon, or Firefox). Simply specify the URL”. has always had RSS available for the main news page.

Two New GPU Ray Tracing Projects

January 29th, 2005

We received news simultaneously from the developers of two new GPU ray tracers. Both projects are graduate-level thesis projects. One, called GPU-RT, is developed by Martin Christen and supports .3DS format meshes, multiple materials, and implements acceleration data structures. GPU-RT runs on NVIDIA GeForce 6 Series GPUs under D3D/HLSL and OpenGL/GLSL, and is available on The other project, “Ray Tracing on Programmable Graphics Hardware”, is by Filip Karlsson and Carl Johan Ljungstedt of Chalmers University of Technology. The thesis describes, among other things, how proximity clouds can be used to accelerate ray tracing on the GPU. (1. GPU-RT, Diploma Thesis by Martin Christen. 2. “Ray Tracing on Programmable Graphics Hardware”, Masters Thesis by Filip Karlsson and Carl Johan Ljungstedt.)

Temporary Web Server Problems

January 21st, 2005

(Update 29 Jan 2005: Problems Solved.)
To our faithful readers and new visitors, please bear with us as we work out system problems after recent upgrades at our web host, We thank you for your patience. (While you wait: “Looks like somebody tried to cram-a-lam a swiss cake roll into the disk drive.”)

GPGPU Course at the University of Pennsylvania, Spring 2005

January 19th, 2005

Suresh Venkatasubramanian will be teaching a GPGPU class at the University of Pennsylvania in Spring 2005. The class, titled “GPU Programming and Architecture” will focus on the stream programming abstraction of the GPU, and will cover the basic tools and techniques for designing and implementing algorithms for general purpose computations on the GPU. (UPenn GPGPU Course)

Fred Brooks calls GPGPU “…one of the most exciting areas in Computer Architecture today”

January 5th, 2005

UNC’s Professor Frederick P. Brooks, Jr., who coined the term “Computer Architecture”, received the 2005 ACM/IEEE Computer Society Eckert-Mauchly Award for outstanding contributions to the field of computer and digital systems architecture. In his award acceptance speech, Dr. Brooks stated that GPUs are “…very powerful scientific computers installed in many homes… I think exploring that design space and its utilization… is one of the most exciting areas in computer architecture today.” (Frederick P. Brooks, Jr. 2005 Eckert-Mauchly Award acceptance speech. Streaming Video Links)

Image Registration by a Regularized Gradient Flow

January 5th, 2005

To correlate the intensities in two images an energy functional is successively minimized in a variational setting. The gradient flow formulation makes use of a robust multi-scale regularization, an efficient multi-grid solver and an adaptive time-step control. On the GPU the multi-scale maps to a packed multi-grid pyramid with several scales per grid level. The algorithm uses three nested loops: the regularized multi-scale descent, the iterative solution of the gradient flow PDE, and on the third level the multi-grid smoother and the adaptive time-step iteration. (Image Registration by a Regularized Gradient Flow – A Streaming Implementation in DX9 Graphics Hardware. Robert Strzodka, Marc Droske and Martin Rumpf Computing, 73(4), 373-389, Springer, 2004.)

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