Generalized Framework and Algorithms for Illustrative Visualization of Time-Varying Data on Unstructured Meshes

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Photo- and physically-realistic techniques are often insufficient for visualization of simulation results, especially for 3D and time-varying datasets. Substantial research efforts have been dedicated to the development of non-photorealistic and illustration-inspired visualization techniques for compact and intuitive presentation of such complex datasets. While these efforts have yielded valuable visualization results, a great deal of work has been reproduced in studies as individual research groups often develop purpose-built platforms. Additionally, interoperability between illustrative visualization software is limited due to specialized processing and rendering architectures employed in different studies. In this investigation, a generalized framework for illustrative visualization is proposed, and implemented ... continued below

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Rattner, Alexander S.; Guillen, Donna Post & Joshi, Alark December 1, 2012.

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Photo- and physically-realistic techniques are often insufficient for visualization of simulation results, especially for 3D and time-varying datasets. Substantial research efforts have been dedicated to the development of non-photorealistic and illustration-inspired visualization techniques for compact and intuitive presentation of such complex datasets. While these efforts have yielded valuable visualization results, a great deal of work has been reproduced in studies as individual research groups often develop purpose-built platforms. Additionally, interoperability between illustrative visualization software is limited due to specialized processing and rendering architectures employed in different studies. In this investigation, a generalized framework for illustrative visualization is proposed, and implemented in marmotViz, a ParaView plugin, enabling its use on variety of computing platforms with various data file formats and mesh geometries. Detailed descriptions of the region-of-interest identification and feature-tracking algorithms incorporated into this tool are provided. Additionally, implementations of multiple illustrative effect algorithms are presented to demonstrate the use and flexibility of this framework. By providing a framework and useful underlying functionality, the marmotViz tool can act as a springboard for future research in the field of illustrative visualization.

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  • Report No.: INL/EXT-12-26809
  • Grant Number: DE-AC07-05ID14517
  • DOI: 10.2172/1058088 | External Link
  • Office of Scientific & Technical Information Report Number: 1058088
  • Archival Resource Key: ark:/67531/metadc838861

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Rattner, Alexander S.; Guillen, Donna Post & Joshi, Alark. Generalized Framework and Algorithms for Illustrative Visualization of Time-Varying Data on Unstructured Meshes, report, December 1, 2012; Idaho Falls, Idaho. (digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc838861/: accessed November 15, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; crediting UNT Libraries Government Documents Department.