Title: Accelerating Rendering of NURBS Surfaces by Using Hybrid Ray Tracing
Authors: Abert, Oliver
Bröcker, Markus
Spring, Rafael
Citation: WSCG '2008: Communication Papers: The 16-th International Conference in Central Europe on Computer Graphics, Visualization and Computer Vision in co-operation with EUROGRAPHICS: University of West Bohemia, Plzen, Czech Republic, February 4 - 7, 2008, p. 261-268.
Issue Date: 2008
Publisher: Václav Skala - UNION Agency
Document type: konferenční příspěvek
URI: http://wscg.zcu.cz/wscg2008/Papers_2008/short/!_WSCG2008_Short_final.zip
ISBN: 978-80-86943-16-9
Keywords: sledování paprsku;plochy NURBS;vykreslování
Keywords in different language: ray tracing;NURBS surfaces;rendering
Abstract: In this paper we present a new method for accelerating ray tracing of scenes containing NURBS (Non Uniform Rational B-Spline) surfaces by exploiting the GPU’s fast z-buffer rasterization for regular triangle meshes. In combination with a lightweight, memory efficient data organization this allows for fast calculation of primary ray intersections using a Newton Iteration based approach executed on the CPU. Since all employed shaders are kept simple the algorithm can profit from older graphics hardware as well. We investigate two different approaches, one initiating ray-surface intersections by referencing the surface through its child-triangles. The second approach references the surface directly and additionally delivers initial guesses, required for the Newton Iteration, using graphics hardware vector interpolation capabilities. Our approaches achieve a rendering acceleration of up to 95% for primary rays compared to full CPU ray tracing without compromising image quality.
Rights: © Václav Skala - UNION Agency
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