“Supernova” by Marco Ament, Filip Sadlo, and Daniel Weiskopf.

Description: This image presents a rendering of a supernova data set obtained with our ambient volume scattering technique, which was published at IEEE SciVis 2013 [1] and received an Honorable Mention award. Our method approximates global illumination in participating media including scattering and soft shadows, at interactive frame rates using preintegrated light transport.

Compared to traditional volume rendering, our technique provides improved perception of depth and relative size of volumetric features. Furthermore, our method not only provides interactive exploration but also avoids the difficult control of full global illumination. In this example of astrophysical visualization, this allows us to depict the global structure of the supernova as well as its filaments of different scales.

The data set was made available by Dr. John Blondin at the North Carolina State University through US Department of Energy's SciDAC Institute for Ultrascale Visualization.

Copyright: VISUS, University of Stuttgart, 2014.

Marco Ament: Marco Ament received the Diplom (MSc) degree in computer science from University of Tbingen, Germany, in 2009. Currently, he is a PhD student at the Visualization Research Center, University of Stuttgart (VISUS), Germany. His research interests include volume visualization, global volume illumination, flow visualization, and distributed GPGPU computing.

Filip Sadlo: Filip Sadlo received the Diplom (MSc) and the Dr. sc. (PhD) degrees in computer science from ETH Zurich, Switzerland. Since 2008 he has been a research associate at the Visualization Research Center, University of Stuttgart (VISUS), Germany. His research interests include visualization and imaging, with a focus on flow visualization and volume rendering.

Daniel Weiskopf: Daniel Weiskopf received the Diplom (MSc) and the Dr. rer. nat. (PhD) degrees in physics, both from the University of Tbingen, Germany, and the Habilitation degree in computer science from the University of Stuttgart, Germany. From 2005 to 2007, he was an assistant professor of computing science at Simon Fraser University, Canada. Since 2007, he has been a professor of computer science at the Visualization Research Center, University of Stuttgart (VISUS) and at the Visualization and Interactive Systems Institute (VIS), University of Stuttgart. His research interests include visualization, visual analytics, real-time computer graphics, and special and general relativity.


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    M. Ament, F. Sadlo, and D. Weiskopf. Ambient volume scattering. IEEE Transactions on Visualization and Computer Graphics, 19(12): 29362945, 2013