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Interactive simulation and visualization of complex physics problems using the GPU Open Access

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Subject/Keyword
Visualization
GPU
Simulation
Type of item
Thesis
Degree grantor
University of Alberta
Author or creator
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
Specialization

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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License granted by Cailu Zhao (sapphire@ualberta.ca) on 2010-12-21T21:53:55Z (GMT): Permission is hereby granted to the University of Alberta Libraries to reproduce single copies of this thesis and to lend or sell such copies for private, scholarly or scientific research purposes only. Where the thesis is converted to, or otherwise made available in digital form, the University of Alberta will advise potential users of the thesis of the above terms. The author reserves all other publication and other rights in association with the copyright in the thesis, and except as herein provided, neither the thesis nor any substantial portion thereof may be printed or otherwise reproduced in any material form whatsoever without the author's prior written permission.
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