CSE 457 Introduction to Computer Graphics
Autumn Quarter 2010

Particle Baking

For simulations that are expensive to process, some systems allow you to cache the results of a simulation.  This is called "baking."  After simulating once, the cached simulation can then be played back without having to recompute the particle properties at each time step.  Add this functionality to the ParticleSystem class.  Included in the header file are a number of baking-related functions that you are required to implement.  For your convenience, we've also left what we feel are relevant baking variables in the class:

/** Baking properties **/
float bake_fps; // frame rate at which simulation was baked
float bake_start_time; // time at which baking started
float bake_end_time; // time at which baking ended
bool baked; // flag for baked particles

The one significant baking variable that is NOT included in this list is a data structure that stores a collection of particle configurations that can be indexed by time.  When simulation mode is enabled, you should call bakeParticles at each time step from within computeForcesAndParticles to save the positions of all particles into this data structure.  Then, when we play back, we can simply look up into this data structure with the current time to see if a configuration has been saved.  If so, you should just draw the particles according to this configuration without re-simulating them.  For example, this is a possible structuring of the code:

virtual void computeForcesAndUpdateParticles(float t)
{
    ...
    if (simulate) {
        ... 
        bakeParticles(t);
        ...
    }
    ...
}

virtual void bakeParticles(float t)
{
    // save particles in data structure
}

virtual void drawParticles(float t)
{
    // if we need to draw particles, check 
    // if there's an entry in your baked data structure
    // for time t.  if there is, use the saved
    // configuration to draw.
}

As you simulate, the position of the particles at each time step are baked so that you can replay your animation without re-simulating.  The gray region in the white indicator window above the time slider indicates the spans for which the simulation has been "baked."   

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CSE 457 Introduction to Computer Graphics
Autumn Quarter 2010
 
 
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