Physically-based visual simulation on graphics hardware

Mark J. Harris, Greg Coombe, Thorsten Scheuermann, Anselmo Lastra
Department of Computer Science, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA
In HWWS ’02: Proceedings of the ACM SIGGRAPH/EUROGRAPHICS conference on Graphics hardware (2002), pp. 109-118


   title={Physically-based visual simulation on graphics hardware},

   author={Harris, M.J. and Coombe, G. and Scheuermann, T. and Lastra, A.},

   booktitle={Proceedings of the ACM SIGGRAPH/EUROGRAPHICS conference on Graphics hardware},




   organization={Eurographics Association}


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In this paper, we present a method for real-time visual simulation of diverse dynamic phenomena using programmable graphics hardware. The simulations we implement use an extension of cellular automata known as the coupled map lattice (CML). CML represents the state of a dynamic system as continuous values on a discrete lattice. In our implementation we store the lattice values in a texture, and use pixel-level programming to implement simple next-state computations on lattice nodes and their neighbors. We apply these computations successively to produce interactive visual simulations of convection, reaction-diffusion, and boiling. We have built an interactive framework for building and experimenting with CML simulations running on graphics hardware, and have integrated them into interactive 3D graphics applications.
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