Lecture 2 : Parallelizing Graphics Pipeline Execution
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As I note on the slide, it might have been better to use the term "distribute" rather than "sort". But as mentioned in (see readings), the term "sort" came from Sutherland's characterization of different visibility algorithms by how they sort scene elements. If you haven't read Ivan Sutherland's A Characterization of Ten Hidden-Surface Algorithms, I highly recommend it.