Parallel geometric algorithms for multi-core computers

  • Batista V
  • Millman D
  • Pion S
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Computers with multiple processor cores using shared memory are now ubiquitous. In this paper, we present several parallel geometric algorithms that specifically target this environment, with the goal of exploiting the additional computing power. The algorithms we describe are (a) 2-/3-dimensional spatial sorting of points, as is typically used for preprocessing before using incremental algorithms, (b) d-dimensional axisaligned box intersection computation, and finally (c) 3D bulk insertion of points into Delaunay triangulations, which can be used for mesh generation algorithms, or simply for constructing 3D Delaunay triangulations. For the latter, we introduce as a foundational element the design of a container data structure that both provides concurrent addition and removal operations and is compact in memory. This makes it especially well-suited for storing large dynamic graphs such as Delaunay triangulations. We show experimental results for these algorithms, using our implementations based on the Computational Geometry Algorithms Library (CGAL). This work is a step towards what we hope will become a parallel mode for CGAL, where algorithms automatically use the available parallel resources without requiring significant user intervention. © 2010 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

Author-supplied keywords

  • Box intersection
  • Compact container
  • Delaunay triangulations
  • Parallel algorithms
  • Spatial sort

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