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The advent of GPU ray tracers

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dc.contributor.author Kroeze, J C W
dc.contributor.author Jordaan, D B
dc.contributor.author Pretorius, P
dc.date.accessioned 2010-11-18T13:15:33Z
dc.date.available 2010-11-18T13:15:33Z
dc.date.issued 2010
dc.identifier.citation KROEZE, J.C.W., JORDAAN, D.B. & PRETORIUS, P.D. 2010. The advent of GPU ray tracers (full paper). Proceedings of the 15th international business information management association conference (15th IBIMA), 6 - 7 November 2010, Cairo, Egypt, pp. 438-439. (Knowledge Management and innovation: A business competitive edge Perspective, edited by Khalid S. Soliman) [http://www.ibima.org/CA2010/index.html] en
dc.identifier.isbn 978-0-9821489-4-5
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10394/3823
dc.description Proceedings of the 15th International Business Information Management Association Conference (15th IBIMA), 6 - 7 November 2010, Cairo, Egypt, pp. 438-439. (Knowledge Management and Innovation: A Business Competitive Edge Perspective, edited by Khalid S. Soliman. On CD: ISBN: 978-0-9821489-4-5) en
dc.description.abstract Ever since it's introduction in 1980 the ray tracing algorithm has been a tricky puzzle. On the one hand it offers photo-realistic rendering superior to the more common rasterization algorithm, but on the other it's much too slow to serve as a replacement. Much of the rasterization algorithm's performance advantage lies in the use of special purpose hardware. This hardware, known as graphics cards, has evolved rapidly over the past decades, driven by demands for ever higher polygon counts. More recently, this pressure has lead to the introduction of programmable shader units to the graphics card architecture. These units became ever more programmable as researchers realized their potential as general parallel processing units. Eventually this trend lead to the exploration of the graphics card architecture as a ray tracing platform. This paper aims to explore the advent of this type of ray tracer and explain the developments that have been made in this field in order to see what the current state of the art is and where further research is required. It will also explore the defects that can be identified in the current literature and discuss how to address them. en
dc.language.iso en en
dc.publisher IBIMA en
dc.subject GPU en
dc.subject GPGPU en
dc.subject Ray Tracing en
dc.subject Computer Graphics en
dc.title The advent of GPU ray tracers en
dc.type Other en


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