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# Bresenham Line and Circle Drawing

# Bresenham Algorithm - Optimized Line Drawing Code

We want to draw a line from *(0,0)* to *(x1,y1)*, where
*0<=y1<=x1*, by setting one pixel per column.
For example, if *x=10, y=7*, we get this:

Here are several versions, ending with Bresenham's algorithm. The point of this is to use the simplest possible operations.

- Simple program:
m=y1/x1; pixel(0,0); for(x=1;x<=x1;x++) { y=round(m*x); pixel(x,y); }

- Track the deviation of the current
*y*from the perfect line. When the deviation gets too large, increment*y*, and decrement the deviation.m=y1/x1; d=0; pixel(0,0); y=0; for(x=1;x<=x1;x++) { d+= m; if (d>= 1/2) { d -= 1; y++; } pixel(x,y); }

- Scale up
*m*and*d*by*2x*to convert fractions to integers. This is ok since they are used only in the*if*; and it still branches at the same times as before.m=2*y1; d=0; pixel(0,0); y=0; for(x=1;x<=x1;x++) { d+= m; if (d>=x1) { d-= 2*x1; y++;} pixel(x,y); }

- Shift
*d*by*-x1*to remove a subtraction.m=2*y1; d= -x1; pixel(0,0); y=0; for(x=1;x<=x1;x++) { d+= m; if (d>=0) { d-= 2*x1; y++;} pixel(x,y); }

- Assume that the pixels are stored in a framebuffer, and that
*pixel*is stored at location_{x y}*fb+x*maxy+y*where*fb*is the address of the start of the framebuffer, and*maxy*is the max value of*y*in the framebuffer, i.e.,*0<= y<= y1<= maxy*. Then we get:m=2*y1; d= -x1; *fb=1; y=0; for(x=1;x<=x1;x++) { d+= m; if (d>=0) { d-= 2*x1; y++;} *(fb+x*maxy+y)=1; }

- Letting
*p*be the current address, we can optimize.m=2*y1; d= -x1; p=fb; *p=1; for(x=1;x<=x1;x++) { d+= m; p+=maxy; if (d>=0) { d-= 2*x1; p++;} *p=1; }

- The next problem is that modern computers use a pipelined
architecture, where different stages of several instructions
are processed in parallel. However, when there is a
conditional, the computer can't tell what the next
instructions are, and so is forced to flush the pipeline.
Therefore we want to eliminate the conditional in the inner
loop. The following assumes that the right shift is
arithmetic.
*Mask*is all ones when*d>=0*, all zeroes otherwise. We also pulled*2*x1*out of the loop.m=2*y1; d= -x1; p=fb; *p=1; doublex1= x1<1; for(x=1;x<=x1;x++) { d+= m; p+=maxy; mask = (~(d>>31)); d -= (doublex1&mask); p += (1&mask); *p=1; }

- We can also offset
*x*by*x1*so that the termination condition is a test against 0.

# Bresenham Circle Algorithm

Here are several ways to draw a circle, ending with the Bresenham circle algorithm.

- Taylor series for
*sqrt(1-x*, in the 2nd octant:^{2})*0<= x<= y*, where the curve doesn't get too vertical. The following is expanded about the origin. The error at*x=.71*is 0.0003. y(x) = 1 - (1/2) x^{2}- (1/8) x^{4}- (1/16) x^{6}- (5/128) x^{8}- (7/256) x^{10}- (21/1024) x^{12}+ ... This is popular but usually the wrong way. - If you must use Taylor, at least expand about the center of the
interval:
z = x- 0.3536
y(z) = ( 0.9353967287- 0.3780214203 z- 0.6109173568

z^{2}- 0.2468897312 z^{3}- 0.2992736736

z^{4}- 0.2821915805 z^{5}- 0.3420828869

z^{6}- 0.4015387039 z^{7}- 0.5080487872

z^{8}- 0.6481416197 z^{9}- 0.8517407025

z^{10}- 1.133286086 z^{11}- 1.531581071

z^{12}- 2.091410948 z^{13}+... The error at*x=.71*is 0.000 004. This is better, but there are more nonzero coefficients, which means that it is slower. - A Chebyshev series, which tries to minimize the maximum error
over an interval beats a Taylor series:
y(x) = + 1.000000093 - 0.00002511816061 x - 0.4988901592

x^{2}- 0.01882886918 x^{3}+ 0.03498610076

x^{4}- 0.7655182976 x^{5}+ 2.101697099

x^{6}- 3.603814683 x^{7}+ 3.259950635

x^{8}- 1.315059748 x^{9}This has a max error of 1.5*10^{-7}, which is much better than above, expecially as there are only 8 coefficients. We could get as good as either Taylor with many fewer terms than they. - Rotate the point
*(R,0)*by*DΘ*repeatedly (*Θ*is the angle). What should*DΘ*be? - Approximate the rotation matrix:

approximately =cos Θ sin Θ - sin Θ cos Θ

with everything multiplied by1 Θ -Θ 1 *R*. But this circle may grow since the determinant >1. - Improve the approx matrix so the determinant =1:
1 Θ -Θ 1-Θ ^{2} - Binomial theorem on
*sqrt(1-x*. Does this do the same as Taylor expanded about 0?^{2}) - Here are two parametric ways to draw circles.
- x = R cos Θ

y = R sin Θ What should*DΘ*be? - x = R (2t)/(t
^{2}+1}

y = R (t^{2}-1)/(t^{2}+1) ; -infinity<t<infinity Unfortunately, the speed of the curve wrt*t*varies with*t*, so the stepsize must also. Note that*t*is not an angle, but just the name for the parameter.

- x = R cos Θ
- There is no parametric polynomial, of any degree, that exactly represents a circle. However you can get good approximations.
- Assume that memory is cheap and that the user may draw circles with the same size several times. Therefore: when you compute a circle, save its pixels for future use.
- Can we compute a small circle as a scaling down of a large circle?
- Start from the system of differential equations:

dx/dt = -y dy/dt = x

- with x(0) = R. The trick is to prevent the circle from spiraling in or out. A trapezoid rule may be useful.

- ???? (You suggest)
- Now let's optimize C code. Do the second octant only.
pixel(0,r); for(x=1;x<r/sqrt(2);x++) { y=sqrt(r^2-x^2); pixel(x,y); }

- Assume that the last point was
*(x-1,y)*. Find whether*(x,y-½)*is above or below the circle, and move SE to*(x,y-1)*or E to*(x,y)*, respectively.y=r; pixel(0,r); for(x=1;x<r/sqrt(2);x++) { d=x^2+(y-1/2)^2-r^2; if (d>=0) y--; pixel(x,y); }

- Optimize:
*d=x*becomes^{2}+(y-1/2)^{2}-r^{2}*d=x*. How does the^{2}+y^{2}-y+1/4-r^{2}*d*for a given*x*differ from*d*for*x-1*? If*y*is unchanged, then*d*. If_{x}= d_{x-1}+2x-1*y*decreases, add*-2y+2*, where that is the old*y*. Also the only time that*1/4*affects the test*d>0*is when*d=1/4*, so ignore it, but make the test*d>=0*.y=r; d= -r; pixel(0,r); for(x=1;x<r/sqrt(2);x++) { d+= 2x-1; if (d>=0) { y--; d -= 2y; /* Must do this AFTER y-- */ } pixel(x,y); }

This is Bresenham's circle algorithm. Note that you can store*2x-1*and*-2y*and update them by adding or subtracting 2. - Lo-level optimizations can also be done thus:
y=r; d= -r; x2m1= -1; pixel(0,r); for(x=1;x<r/sqrt(2);x++) { x2m1 += 2; d+= x2m1; if (d>=0) { y--; d -= (y<<1); /* Must do this AFTER y-- */ } pixel(x,y); }

- You can also do the same pipelining techniques used for the line algorithm.
- Finally, on an Intel processor, there are ways to use the available instructions efficiently.