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Bounding interval hierarchy vs KDTree

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I was just wondering if anyone know or used a Bounding interval hierarchy (BIH) for scene management. How does it compare to a KDTree or other such spacial partitioning systems? If so, can someone point me to some reading on this, preferably a posted implementation if there is one? Thanks in advance. (And Yes I did google this)
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Have a look at the forum of ompf.org . There are discussions about these topics, and I have seen posted implementation of a BIH there, you might also find a kDtree.

It's not easy to find them though, but it can be done, try searching in the forums.
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This may be too obvious, but wikipedia actually has some pretty good stuff on these with a psuedo-implementation. See the kd-tree article.

I know you've probably already looked at it, but I figured I would post it just in case.
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I've used both object-aligned and axis-aligned bounding volume hierarchies with good results in the past; they're fairly decent and certainly easier to implement than a kd-tree. The main reason I find them useful is to directly mirror a scenegraph in the bounding volume structure; this helps when doing debugging etc. because you can see directly which nodes get pruned.

Performance-wise it really depends on what your scene's layout is like. A good BVH can rival a kd-tree in the average case, but each one shines in special extreme cases. BVHs are usually useless with lots of tiny geometry, for example, whereas a kd-tree isn't all that great for working with highly sparse geometry.

Of course, that also depends on what you're doing with that geometry; for some cases (like scanline conversion in a typical 3D engine) it makes very little difference. For others (ray tracing) it can make a world of difference. So YMMV.
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Well, I am not making a ray-tracer and all I'm looking into is a scene Management structure that is very fast in outdoor environments. I was going to use one for Geometry (BIH or ABT or KDTree) and one for terrain (OcTree). I looked into the BIH and KDTree entries on wikipedia but it lacked comparison details.

Thanks for the info thus far.
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