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Visualization, GPU, Simulation

Zhao, Cailu

Supervisor and department: Boulanger, Pierre Computing Science

Examining committee member and department: Cockburn, Bruce Electrical and Computer Engineering Yang, Herb Computing Science

Department: Department of Computing Science


Date accepted: 2010-12-22T16:09:33Z

Graduation date: 2011-06

Degree: Master of Science

Degree level: Master's

Abstract: Physical simulations are in general very computationally intensive and required large and costly computing resources. Most of those simulations are rarely interactive as the link between visualization, interaction, and simulation is too slow. The recent development of parallel Graphic Processing Unit GPU on graphic cards has enabled us to develop real-time interactive simulators of complex physical phenomenon. In this thesis, two GPU-based implementations of interactive physical simulations are presented: 1 visualization of the electron probability distribution of a hydrogen atom, 2 visualization and simulation of particle based fluid dynamic model using smoothed particle hydrodynamics. These simulations were developed in the context of the Microscopic and Subatomic Visualization MASAV project as a demonstration of the capabilities of the GPU to create realistic interactive physical simulators for scientific education.

Language: English

DOI: doi:10.7939-R3RW2D

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Author: Zhao, Cailu



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