Theses and Dissertations

Issuing Body

Mississippi State University


Jamil, Hasan

Committee Member

Farias, Ricardo

Committee Member

Dampier, David A.

Committee Member

Allen, Edward B.

Date of Degree


Document Type

Graduate Thesis - Open Access


Computer Science

Degree Name

Master of Science


James Worth Bagley College of Engineering


Department of Computer Science


A great challenge in the volume-rendering field is to achieve high-quality images in an acceptable amount of time. In the area of volume rendering, there is always a trade-off between speed and quality. Applications where only high-quality images are acceptable often use the ray-casting algorithm, but this method is computationally expensive and typically achieves low frame rates. The work presented here is RZSweep, a new volume-rendering algorithm for uniform rectilinear datasets, that gives high-quality images in a reasonable amount of time. In this algorithm a plane sweeps the vertices of the implicit grid of regular datasets in depth order, projecting all the implicit faces incident on each vertex. This algorithm uses the inherent properties of a rectilinear datasets. RZSweep is an object-order, back-toront, direct volume rendering, face projection algorithm for rectilinear datasets using the cell approach. It is a single processor serial algorithm. The simplicity of the algorithm allows the use of the graphics pipeline for hardware-assisted projection, and also, with minimum modification, a version of the algorithm that is graphics-hardware independent. Lighting, color and various opacity transfer functions are implemented for giving realism to the final resulting images. Finally, an image comparison is done between RZSweep and a 3D texture-based method for volume rendering using standard image metrics like Euclidian and geometric differences.



Scientific visualization||Volume rendering