“Near real-time shaded display of rigid objects” by Fuchs, Abram and Grant

  • ©Henry Fuchs, Gregory D. Abram, and Eric D. Grant




    Near real-time shaded display of rigid objects



    Described is a visible surface algorithm and an implementation that generates shaded display of objects with hundreds of polygons rapidly enough for interactive use — several images per second. The basic algorithm, introduced in [Fuchs, Kedem and Naylor, 1980], is designed to handle rigid objects and scenes by preprocessing the object data base to minimize visibility computation cost. The speed of the algorithm is further enhanced by its simplicity, which allows it to be implemented within the internal graphics processor of a general purpose raster system.


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