Guided visibility sampling

Peter Wonka*, Michael Wimmer, Kaichi Zhou, Stefan Maierhofer, Gerd Hesina, Alexander Reshetov

*Corresponding author for this work

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This paper addresses the problem of computing the triangles visible from a region in space. The proposed aggressive visibility solution is based on stochastic ray shooting and can take any triangular model as input. We do not rely on connectivity information, volumetric occluders, or the availability of large occluders, and can therefore process any given input scene. The proposed algorithm is practically memoryless, thereby alleviating the large memory consumption problems prevalent in several previous algorithms. The strategy of our algorithm is to use ray mutations in ray space to cast rays that are likely to sample new triangles. Our algorithm improves the sampling efficiency of previous work by over two orders of magnitude.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)494-502
Number of pages9
JournalACM transactions on graphics
Issue number3
StatePublished - Jul 2006
Externally publishedYes
EventACM SIGGRAPH 2006 - Boston, MA, United States
Duration: Jul 30 2006Aug 3 2006


  • Occlusion culling
  • PVS
  • Visibility
  • Visibility sampling

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computer Graphics and Computer-Aided Design


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