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SmoothLife

A generalization of Conway's Game of Life

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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.

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  • 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)

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Intended Audience

Advanced End Users, Developers, Education, End Users/Desktop, Science/Research

Programming Language

BASIC, C++, GLSL (OpenGL Shading Language), MATLAB

Registered

2012-02-23
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