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GPU decompression
Time-varying volume data
Vector quantization
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University of Alberta
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She, Biao
Supervisor and department
Boulanger, Pierre(Computing Science)
Examining committee member and department
Ray, Nilanjan (Computing Science)
Noga, Michelle (Radiology & Diagnostic Imaging)
Department of Computing Science

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Master of Science
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Real-time rendering of static volumetric data is generally known to be a memory and computationally intensive process. With the advance of graphic hardware, especially GPU, it is now possible to do this using desktop computers. However, with the evolution of real-time CT and MRI technologies, volumetric rendering is an even bigger challenge. The first one is how to reduce the data transmission between the main memory and the graphic memory. The second one is how to efficiently take advantage of the time redundancy which exists in the time-varying volumetric data. Most previous researches either focus on one problem or the other. In this thesis, we implemented a system which efficiently deals with both of the challenges. We proposed an optimized compression scheme that explores the time redundancy as well as space redundancy of time-varying volumetric data. The compressed data is then transmitted to graphic memory and directly rendered by GPU, so the data transfer between main memory and graphic memory is significantly reduced. With our implemented system, we successfully reduce more than half of the time of transferring the whole data directly. We also compare our proposed compression scheme with the one without exploiting time redundancy. The optimized compression scheme shows a reduce compression distortion over time. With usability, portability and extensibility in mind, the implemented system is also quite flexible.
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