GPU Pro 4: Advanced Rendering Techniques

Wolfgang Engel

April 26, 2013 by A K Peters/CRC Press
Reference - 382 Pages - 171 B/W Illustrations
ISBN 9781466567436 - CAT# K16333

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Features

  • Presents tips and tricks on how to render real-time special effects and visualize data on common consumer software platforms, such as PCs, video consoles, and mobile phones
  • Covers specific challenges involved in creating games on these hardware platforms
  • Explores the latest developments in real-time rendering
  • Takes a practical approach that helps graphics programmers solve their daily challenges
  • Provides example programs with source code

Summary

GPU Pro4: Advanced Rendering Techniques presents ready-to-use ideas and procedures that can help solve many of your day-to-day graphics programming challenges. Focusing on interactive media and games, the book covers up-to-date methods for producing real-time graphics.

Section editors Wolfgang Engel, Christopher Oat, Carsten Dachsbacher, Michal Valient, Wessam Bahnassi, and Sebastien St-Laurent have once again assembled a high-quality collection of cutting-edge techniques for advanced graphics processing unit (GPU) programming. Divided into six sections, the book begins with discussions on the ability of GPUs to process and generate geometry in exciting ways. It next introduces new shading and global illumination techniques for the latest real-time rendering engines and explains how image space algorithms are becoming a key way to achieve a more realistic and higher quality final image. Moving on to the difficult task of rendering shadows, the book describes the state of the art in real-time shadow maps. It then covers game engine design, including quality, optimization, and high-level architecture. The final section explores approaches that go beyond the normal pixel and triangle scope of GPUs as well as techniques that take advantage of the parallelism of modern graphic processors in a variety of applications.

Useful to beginners and seasoned game and graphics programmers alike, this color book offers practical tips and techniques for creating real-time graphics. Example programs and source code are available for download on the book’s CRC Press web page. The directory structure of the online material closely follows the book structure by using the chapter numbers as the name of the subdirectory.