We are developing techniques for massively parallel volume rendering, examining primarily the techniques of algorithms on general parallel computers. Research involves the use of the UCSC 4096 processor MasPar MP-2 and numerous workstations. Recent NSF funding shall provide a very high performance visualization platform on which we shall also do research. Important research topics are: what is the maximum performance attainable for volumetric visualization on any given parallel computer? What is the optimal algorithm for volume visualization for a general model of computation? Which interactivity features provide capabilities that allow new results to be discovered with volumetric data?

We have hosted several visitors working in the area of parallel volume visualization, and are also collaborating with the other faculty in scientific visualization.

Undergraduate student's project to provide web interfaces to Volumetric rendering: