Two-level hierarchical Z-buffer for 3D graphics hardware

Cheng Hsien Chen*, Chen-Yi Lee


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    Memory bandwidth is a bottleneck in current 3D graphics system. Traditional hidden surface removal Z-Buffer algorithm will result in memory bandwidth bottleneck in complex scenes. Its efficiency is low. Thus the hierarchical Z-Buffer, which is a reduced resolution of Z-Buffer, is proposed to remove hidden surface more efficiently. Here we present a two-level hierarchical Z-Buffer algorithm, which is suitable for 3D graphics hardware implementation. It is not application visible and can be integrated with the rendering pipelines smoothly. A bit-mask cache is added to solve the hierarchical Z-Buffer update problem. Performance under different hierarchical block sizes, bit-mask cache sizes and hierarchical Z-Buffer accuracy are analyzed. The simulation results show that the overall Z-Buffer access bandwidth can be reduced from 10 to 35 percent.

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    期刊Proceedings - IEEE International Symposium on Circuits and Systems
    出版狀態Published - 2002
    事件2002 IEEE International Symposium on Circuits and Systems - Phoenix, AZ, United States
    持續時間: 26 5月 200229 5月 2002


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