Developer Blog: Accelerating OpenVDB on GPUs with NanoVDB

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OpenVDB is the Academy award–winning, industry standard library for sparse dynamic volumes. It is used throughout the visual effects industry for simulation and rendering of water, fire, smoke, clouds, and a host of other effects that rely on sparse volume data.

The library includes a hierarchical, dynamic data structure and a suite of tools for the efficient storage and manipulation of sparse volumetric data discretized on three-dimensional grids. The library is maintained by the Academy Software Foundation (ASWF). For more information, see VDB: High-Resolution Sparse Volumes with Dynamic Topology.

Despite the performance advantages offered by OpenVDB, it was not designed with GPUs in mind. Its dependency on several external libraries has made it cumbersome to leverage the VDB data on GPUs, which is exactly the motivation for the topic of this post.

We introduce you to the NanoVDB library, and provide some examples of how to use it in the context of ray tracing and collision detection.

Read the full post on the NVIDIA Developer Blog.