High-Speed Visualization of Time-Varying Data in Large-Scale Structural Dynamic Analyses with a GPU
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Large-scale structural dynamic analyses generally produce massive amount of time-varying data. Inefficient rendering of these data seriously affects the quality of display of and user interaction with the analysis results. A high-speed visualization solution using a GPU (graphics processing unit) is thus developed in this study. Based on the clustering concept, a key frame extraction algorithm specific to the GPU-based rendering is proposed, which significantly reduces the data size to satisfy the GPU memory requirement. Using the key frames, a GPU-based parallel frame interpolation algorithm is also proposed to reconstruct the complete structural dynamic process. Particularly, a novel data access model considering the features of time-varying data and GPU memory is designed to improve the interpolation efficiency. Two case studies including an arch bridge and a high-rise building are presented, confirming the ability of the proposed solution to provide a high-speed and interactive visualization environment for large-scale structural dynamic analyses.
Automation in Construction
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