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Dr. Krunklehorn

Member Since 02 Dec 2012
Offline Last Active Oct 15 2013 02:04 PM

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Modify Tessellation shader to make equilateral triangles?

07 December 2012 - 11:38 AM

Continued from: http://www.gamedev.n...with-triangles/

Details:
I'm in the proccess of procedural planet generation; so far I'm doing the sphere work.
Currently my sphere is a subdivided icosahedron. (20 sides all equilateral triangles)

Before, when I was subdividing using a software algorithm, one triangle would be
split into four children across the midpoints forming something close to a
sierpinski triangle every iteration...like this: http://puu.sh/1xFIx

As you can see, each triangle subdivided created more and more equilateral triangles.

But now that I am using the GPU to tessellate in HLSL, the result is definately not
what I am looking for: http://puu.sh/1xFx7

Questions:
Is there anything I can do in the Hull and Domain shaders to change the tessellation
so that it subdivides into sets of equilateral triangles like the first image?

Should I be using the geometry shader for something like this? If so, would it be
slower then the tessellator?

Thanks for the time

Quad tree LOD, but with triangles?

05 December 2012 - 06:25 PM

If TL;DR then skip past the line...

Hello gamedev! I am a high school student working on a procedural planet engine in my spare time using DirectX 11 and C++.
Four weeks ago I was 100% new to DirectX 11, but I have learned a lot just by reading tutorials and getting inspiration
from tech demos.

So far I'm taking the Icosahedron approach to generating a sphere. There's a lot of blogs, articles and theory on this, but not
much raw code examples specifically for DX11 C++...most of them I have found are for OpenGL. It took me three weeks, but I
managed to write my own version of Andrew True's nifty counterclockwise method. (here) I've created wrapper functions for
properly subdividing and merging these triangles, now I need to work on dynamic LOD.

Unfortunately he doesn't seem to be active anymore, his website is gone, and he never posted anything on LOD with his tactic. :C
So for the last week I've been trying to come up with the best solution to triangle based LOD. I've read up on various methods like
quad trees, RTIN and ROAM, but they all deal with cube quads mapped to the sphere. I obviously need a different approach.
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So I need something that works with my subdivided Icosahedron.

The first method I tried was very basic. I check distance on all triangles. If the distance was greater then a certain value I would
subdivide the triangle, and vice versa for merging children back into a parent. At first this method was extreeeeemly expensive.
I wasn't able to get past 3 subdivisions before the number of sqrt() calls per frame was taking a tole on my FPS.

I've optimized it since then by only checking distance on triangles of the current and previous LOD levels, but it's still waayyy
too slow and it's all done on the CPU side.

My goal is to be able to go from planet to surface...seamlessly...but I can't figure out how I would do this.

Am I wrong about chunked LOD? Can RTIN, ROAM, or quad trees work with my triangle setup somehow?

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