3.x Release Cycle

For more details, please see the Release Notes.

3.0 Master Release (Q2 2015)

  • freeze subdivision 'specification' (enforce backward compatibility)

3.1 Supplemental Release (Q3/Q4 2015)

  • include any noteworthy omissions arising from 3.0
  • add support for bi-cubic face-varying limit patches
  • add support for higher order differentiation of limit patches

3.2 Future Release (2016)

  • TBD

Near Term

The following is a short list of topics already expressed as priorities and receiving ongoing attention -- some being actively prototyped to varying degrees.

Feature parity for Loop subdivision

The more popular Catmark scheme has long received more attention and effort than the Loop scheme. Given OpenSubdiv claims to support both, additional effort is required to bring Loop to the same level of functionality as Catmark. With the feature-adaptive analysis now scheme-independent, the addition of triangular patches to the PatchTables will go a long way towards that goal. Prototype patch gathering and evaluation methods have already been tested within the existing code base and discussions on extending the internal patch infra-structure are underway.

Improved support for infinitely sharp features

The current implementation of adaptive feature isolation requires infinitely sharp creases to be pushed to the highest level of isolation -- eventually representing the result with a regular patch. The surface is therefore both inefficient and incorrect. Patches with a single infinitely sharp edge can be represented exactly with regular boundary patches and could be isolated at a much higher level. Continuity with dart patches is necessary in such cases, and approximating more sharp irregular regions with alternate patch types (e.g. Gregory or Bezier) will help this goal and others.

Dynamic feature adaptive isolation (DFAS)

Adaptive feature isolation can produce a large number of patches, especially when the model contains a lot of semi-sharp creases. We need a LOD solution that can dynamically isolate features based on distance to view-point. (Note: paper from Matthias Niessner & Henry Schafer)

Longer Term

The following is a list of pending projects and future directions for OpenSubdiv.

Implement a "high-level" API layer

One of the original goals of the OpenSubdiv project is to provide a robust and simple API to display subdivision surfaces interactively. Now that the algorithms and code-base have matured, we would like to foster a consistent implementation of subdivision surfaces suitable for adoption in the lower layers of the graphics stack, such as GPU drivers. We have been working on the draft of a "specification document" detailing the workings of a high- level interface for subdivision surface data and functionality. We need an implementation of this high-level API.

Note: this document drafting has been started at Pixar with partners.

"Next-gen" back-ends

Implement Osd Evaluator and Patch Drawing for next-gen GPU APIs such as Mantle, Metal, DX12, Vulkan.

A means to control edge curvature

Edge sharpness provides insufficient control over the overall contour of the surfaces. Artists often duplicate edge-loops around semi-sharp edges in order to control the local surface curvature. Ideally, they would like to be able to specify a radius of curvature that produces circular rounded edges. This will likely require the introduction of non-uniform rational splines (NURCCS ?) in OpenSubdiv.

Always in Need of Improvement

And finally, a few topics that always benefit from continual improvement. Any and all contributions in this area are greatly appreciated.

Regression testing

OpenSubdiv currently ships with some regression testing code which can be run using CTest. It's always great to have more regression testing that covers more of the code base.

  • Implement a robust regression harness for numerical correctness
  • Implement a cross-platform regression harness for GPU drawing correctness
  • Implement a cross-platform regression harness for performance (speed & memory)
  • Implement code coverage analysis


In order to facilitate adoption of OpenSubdiv, we need to provide clear, concise and comprehensive documentation of all APIs. In particular:

  • Update and flesh out high-level ReST documentation
  • Clean up the Doxygen documentation
  • Expand code tutorials