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Real-time indirect illumination with clustered visibility

Dong, Z; Grosch, T; Ritschel, T; Seidel, H-P; Kautz, J; (2009) Real-time indirect illumination with clustered visibility. In: VMV 2009 - Proceedings of the Vision, Modeling, and Visualization Workshop 2009. (pp. 187 - 196).

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Abstract

Visibility computation is often the bottleneck when rendering indirect illumination. However, recent methods based on instant radiosity have demonstrated that accurate visibility is not required for indirect illumination. To exploit this insight, We cluster a large number of virtual point lights - which represent the indirect illumination when using instant radiosity - into a small number of virtual area lights. This allows us to compute visibility using recent real-time soft shadow algorithms. Such approximate and fractional from-area visibility is faster to compute and avoids banding when compared to exact binary from-point visibility. Our results show, That the perceptual error of this approximation is negligible and that we achieve real-time frame-rates for large and dynamic scenes.

Type:Proceedings paper
Title:Real-time indirect illumination with clustered visibility
UCL classification:UCL > School of BEAMS > Faculty of Engineering Science > Computer Science

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