Accession Number : ADA321977

Title :   Beyond the Renderer: Software Architecture for Parallel Graphics and Visualization.

Descriptive Note : Contractor rept.,

Corporate Author : INSTITUTE FOR COMPUTER APPLICATIONS IN SCIENCE AND ENGINEERING HAMPTON VA

Personal Author(s) : Crockett, Thomas W.

PDF Url : ADA321977

Report Date : DEC 1996

Pagination or Media Count : 20

Abstract : As numerous implementations have demonstrated, software based parallel rendering is an effective way to obtain the needed computational power for a variety of challenging applications in computer graphics and scientific visualization. To fully realize their potential, however, parallel renderers need to be integrated into a complete environment for generating, manipulating, and delivering visual data. We examine the structure and components of such an environment, including the programming and user interfaces, rendering engines, and image delivery systems. We consider some of the constraints imposed by real world applications and discuss the problems and issues involved in bringing parallel rendering out of the lab and into production.

Descriptors :   *SOFTWARE ENGINEERING, *COMPUTER GRAPHICS, IMAGE PROCESSING, DATA MANAGEMENT, DISTRIBUTED DATA PROCESSING, COMPUTER ARCHITECTURE, PARALLEL PROCESSING, OPTICAL DATA, OPTICAL IMAGES, RAY TRACING, GRAPHICAL USER INTERFACE.

Subject Categories : Computer Programming and Software

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE