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Visualization Symposium, IEEE Pacific (2012)
Songdo, Korea (South)
Feb. 28, 2012 to Mar. 2, 2012
ISBN: 978-1-4673-0863-2
pp: 129-136
Victor Matvienko , Interactive Visualization and Data Analysis Group (IVDA), Germany
Jens Kruger , IVDA, DFKI, Intel VCI, and SCI, Germany
Dense flow visualization and streamlines are among the most popular methods in numerous applications of scientific visualization. Because very few works synthesize the benefits of these approaches into one framework, we propose a hybrid technique. In this work, we present a novel method of dense flow visualization that produces high contrast images (typical of streamline approaches), with manageable spatial frequency. We begin by introducing a notion of a streamline thickness function and thickness wave sources, and then compute the resulting image as a coherent wave interference pattern. We show that this problem is equivalent to finding the dominant eigenvector of a sparse matrix and employ the power iterations numerical scheme to demonstrate an efficient parallel implementation. We conclude by discussing possible quality improvement strategies and extensions of our method to other domains, including 3D flows.

V. Matvienko and J. Kruger, "Dense flow visualization using wave interference," Visualization Symposium, IEEE Pacific(PACIFICVIS), Songdo, Korea (South), 2012, pp. 129-136.
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