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Conway's Game of Life is generalized to a continuous domain. OpenGL and GLSL shaders are used for real-time 2D and 3D graphics. Time stepping is done via a real to complex FFT based convolution operation. There are also two deliberately simple test implementations in FreeBasic and Matlab. A 2D version on a sphere shows that it is really not dependent on the underlying grid.
- 1D, 2D and 3D with various visualization choices
- uses FFT for fast computation even for big neighborhoods
- change parameters in real-time and watch the effect
- parameters are saved and loaded easily, nothing is lost of your experiments
- uses the GPU for maximum performance, float precision is sufficient
- simple version in FreeBasic that should be transferable to any system or language
- small version in Matlab that shows the concept very clearly
- version on a sphere that proves the independence of the underlying grid
- version using SDL, that is the same for Windows, Linux and Mac (only source)
Science/Research, Education, Advanced End Users, Developers, End Users/Desktop
MATLAB, C++, BASIC, GLSL (OpenGL Shading Language)
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