Advanced Global Illumination

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Advanced Global Illumination
Second Edition

Philip Dutré
Kavita Bala
Philippe Bekaert

Foreword by Peter Shirley.
366 pages + 12 color pages. 115 figures. Hardcover.
Publisher: A K Peters Ltd.
Year: 2006
ISBN: 1-56881-307-4
Price: $54
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This book provides the reader with a fundamental understanding of global illumination algorithms. It discusses a broad class of algorithms for realistic image synthesis and introduces a theoretical basis for the algorithms presented.

Topics include:

  • Physics of light transport
  • Monte Carlo methods
  • General strategies for solving the rendering equation
  • Stochastic path-tracing algorithms such as ray tracing and light tracing
  • Stochastic radiosity including photon density estimation and hierarchical Monte Carlo radiosity
  • Hybrid algorithms: weighted multi-pass, bi-directional path tracing, Metropolis light transport, irradiance caching, photon mapping and instant radiosity
  • Scalable global illumination: lightcuts, PRT,...
  • Beyond the rendering equation: participating media, sub-surface scattering and more
  • Image display and human perception
  • Fast global illumination: render caching, interactive ray tracing, ...
  • Unresolved issues in photorealistic rendering
  • A class library for global illumination

If you want to design and implement a global illumination rendering system or need to use and modify an existing system for your specific purpose, this book will give you the tools and the understanding to do so.