• 09/03/2020
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Image Processing: Mandelbrot

The Mandelbrot set is a well known application of visual mathematics. It is a good example of simple math with complex (imaginary) numbers on a complex plane leading to visually impressive results. It works by keeping track of how many iterations of the equation
= z
+ c
will occur before a complex number is no longer bound. This can go on forever, and the image generated is unique at every depth, but for the sake of running time there is usually a maximum depth that the iteration can occur. The simulations in this example are run serially, with Intel® Cilk™ Plus
pragma simd
for vectorization, with Intel Cilk Plus
for parallelization, and with both vectorization and
In addition, this code uses an image base class (
) and
class (
) to write the results to a viewable image. Do not worry about how this is implemented, as it is unaffected by the code changes listed below.

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