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Realistic Rendering in Real-Time

Alan Chalmers, Kirsten Cater, Realistic Rendering in Real-Time. Euro-Par 2002 Parallel Processing. Burkhard Monien, Rainer Feldmann, (eds.). ISBN 3-540-44049-6, pp. 21–28. August 2002. PDF, 243 Kbytes.


The computer graphics industry, and in particular those involved with films, games and virtual reality, continue to demand more realistic computer generated images. Despite the ready availability of modern high performance graphics cards, the complexity of the scenes being modeled and the high fidelity required of the images means that rendering such images is still simply not possible in a reasonable, let alone real-time on a single computer. Two approaches may be considered in order to achieve such realism in real-time: Parallel Processing and Visual Perception. Parallel Processing has a number of computers working together to render a single image, which appears to offer almost unlimited performance, however, enabling many processors to work efficiently together is a significant challenge. Visual Perception, on the other hand, takes into account that it is the human who will ultimately be looking at the resultant images, and while the human eye is good, it is not perfect. Exploiting knowledge of the human visual system can save significant rendering time by simply not computing those parts of a scene that the human will fail to notice. A combination of these two approaches may indeed enable us to achieve realistic rendering in real-time.

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