Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Reaction: Over Two Decades of Integration-Based, Geometric Flow Visualization

This paper discusses the advancements in the area of geometric flow visualization over the last two decades. Flow visualization is one of the classic branches of scientific visualization. The authors of the paper exercised lot of care in carefully defining technical jargon related to flow visulization. The presentation of the material is quite clear and the explanation is totally based on images they have presented.

There is no wonder that, a lot of progress has been made in this area. But, the challenges of flow visualization have just took a different direction now. It is interesting to know that, specialized vector field compression methods in flow visualization is actively being pursued on the GPU.

Currently, there is a lot of research happening in optimizing the methods of flow visualization on nVidia CUDA GPU architectures. The new nVidia Tegra processor chip has all these encoded in its hardware to give the users ultimate gaming and visualizing experience.

Overall, the paper is very informative with lot of images clearly explaining the methods.