Image Based Rendering of Iterated Function Systems

Jarke J. van Wijk
Technische Universiteit Eindhoven
Department of Mathematics and Computer Science

Dietmar Saupe
Universität Konstanz
Department of Computer Science

We have developed a fast method to generate fractal imagery. The definition of Iterated Function Systems (IFS) is directly translated into standard graphics operations. Each image is generated by texture mapping and blending copies of the previous image. Animations of dynamic IFS codes are generated at fifty frames per second on a notebook PC.

Demo software

All images and animations were produced by a demo tool. This tool and example data sets can be downloaded here . The readme file in this zip archive gives more information.


Below a set of examples is shown.You can click on the label for an enlarged image, and click on the image for an animation. Note that the animations produced by our tool in real-time have a higher frame rate (40-50 fps) and a better image quality. Enable the 'repeat' or 'cycle' option of your media-player to get a continuing animation.

Four frames
Spiral with three arms
Glowing spiral