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Adding more geometric primitives to our "Simple Ray Tracer"

Adding more primitives and learning about the dreaded ray tracing "acne" caused by finite precision issues with computing ray-shape intersections. All rendering in the above movie is done in CUDA on a Titan V. Unfortunately the youtube compression algorithm is a lit harsh for the above movie. A lot of useful material is available online: 1. great tutorial: https://www.scratchapixel.com 2. useful list of common raytracing mistakes: https://geekshavefeelings.com/posts/mistakes-to-make-on-a-raytracer 3. finding the intersection of a ray and a cone: http://lousodrome.net/blog/light/2017/01/03/intersection-of-a-ray-and-a-cone/

CMDA 3634 Ray Tracing Project @VT

This semester the students in CMDA 3634 @ Virginia Tech will be building up ray tracing codes that runs with threaded using OpenMP, distributed with MPI, and/or accelerated with CUDA on GPUs. Gearing up the basic ray tracer just to make sure I understand everything ! The above was rendered using a software ray tracing algorithm expressed in CUDA on a Titan V GPU.

 

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