DRONE: a Flexible Framework for Distributed Rendering and Display

Michael RepplingerAlexander LöfflerDmitri Rubinstein, and Philipp Slusallek 
in Proceedings of the 7th International Conference on Visual Computing 2009 (ISVC09)
Las Vegas, Nevada, USA, November 30 - December 2, 2009.

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The available rendering performance on current computers increases constantly, primarily by employing parallel algorithms using the newest many-core hardware,
as for example multi-core CPUs or GPUs. This development enables faster rasterization, as well as conspicuously faster software-based real-time ray
tracing. Despite the tremendous progress in rendering power, there are and always will be applications in classical computer graphics and Virtual Reality,
which require distributed configurations employing multiple machines for both rendering and display.

In this paper we address this problem and use NMM, a distributed multimedia middleware, to build a powerful and flexible rendering framework. Our
framework is highly modular, and can be easily reconfigured -- even at runtime -- to meet the changing demands of applications built on top of it. We show
that the flexibility of our approach comes at a negligible cost in comparison to a specialized and highly-optimized implementation of distributed rendering.