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GPU accelerated rendering of vector based maps on iOS
Linköping University, Department of Computer and Information Science. Linköping University, The Institute of Technology.
Linköping University, Department of Computer and Information Science. Linköping University, The Institute of Technology.
2014 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years)), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

Digital maps can be represented as either raster (bitmap images) or vector data. Vector maps are often preferable as they can be stored more efficiently and rendered irrespective of screen resolution. Vector map rendering on demand can be a computationally intensive task and has to be implemented in an efficient manner to ensure good performance and a satisfied end-user, especially on mobile devices with limited computational resources.

This thesis discusses different ways of utilizing the on-chip GPU to improve the vector map rendering performance of an existing iOS app. It describes an implementation that uses OpenGL ES 2.0 to achieve the same end-result as the old CPU-based implementation using the same underlying map infras- tructure. By using the OpenGL based map renderer as well as implementing other performance optimizations, the authors were able to achieve an almost fivefold increase in rendering performance on an iPad Air.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2014. , 43 p.
Keyword [en]
GPU, iOS, vector maps, rendering, OpenGL ES
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Computer Science
URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-107064ISRN: LIU-IDA/LITH-EX-A--14/023--SEOAI: diva2:721506
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IT-Bolaget Per & Per AB
Subject / course
Computer and information science at the Institute of Technology
2014-05-26, Alan Turing, Linköpings universitet, Linköping, 13:00 (Swedish)
Available from: 2014-06-05 Created: 2014-06-04 Last updated: 2014-06-05Bibliographically approved

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