FPGA-based Image Combiner for Parallel Rendering

Marco Winzker, Andrea Schwandt, André Hinkenjann, Jens Maiero, Matthias Bues
IEEE International Conference on Signal and Image Processing Applications (ICSIPA 11), page 427 -432 - 2011


Rendering of virtual scenes is an application that still demands higher computing power for more complex and more realistic scenes. In addition to existing parallel processing inside a graphics processing unit, this paper investigates a further level of parallelization. A combiner based on an FPGA (field programmable gate array) allows to merge the graphics output of several independent computers.
The image combiner supports different load distribution techniques, namely sort-first and sort-last rendering. A system prototype based on a commercial evaluation system proved the viability of the approach. A compact and cost-efficient dedicated implementation has been designed and is used as a platform to investigate different approaches for parallel rendering.

BibTex references

  author       = {Winzker, Marco and Schwandt, Andrea and Hinkenjann, Andr{\'e} and Maiero, Jens and Bues, Matthias},
  title        = {FPGA-based Image Combiner for Parallel Rendering},
  booktitle    = {IEEE International Conference on Signal and Image Processing Applications (ICSIPA 11)},
  pages        = {427 -432},
  year         = {2011},

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