Physically Based Rendering: From Theory To Implementation / Edition 2

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Overview

Physically Based Rendering, 2nd Edition describes both the mathematical theory behind a modern photorealistic rendering system as well as its practical implementation. A method - known as 'literate programming'- combines human-readable documentation and source code into a single reference that is specifically designed to aid comprehension. The result is a stunning achievement in graphics education. Through the ideas and software in this book, you will learn to design and employ a full-featured rendering system for creating stunning imagery.

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Editorial Reviews

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"Physically Based Rendering is a terrific book. It covers all the marvelous math, fascinating physics, practical software engineering, and clever tricks that are necessary to write a state-of-the-art photorealistic renderer. All of these topics are dealt with in a clear and pedagogical manner without omitting the all-important practical details."—Per Christensen Senior Software Developer, RenderMan Products Pixar Animation Studios

"Intended for graduate or advanced undergraduate students in a computer graphics course, this large volume provides a comprehensive examination of complex rendering algorithms and demonstrates, through detailed examination of source code and example projects, the practical development and application of cutting edge image creation and processing software. This second edition is updated to reflect current technologies and contains updated information on relevant recent hardware improvements such as advanced multi-core processors as well as an increased focus on production graphics techniques. The text includes numerous illustrations, code examples, and formulas as well as recommendations for further reading and chapter exercises. Pharr is a principle engineer for Intel and Humphreys is an engineer for NVIDIA and a former professor of computer science at the University of Virginia."—SciTech Book News

"Pharr and Humphreys’ textbook is beautifully typeset, thoroughly indexed, unendingly cross-referenced, extensively illustrated, and printed in full color. Given its unconventional preparation style, this textbook stands out because of its descriptions of the tradeoffs involved in developing a complete working renderer. Although somewhat verbose at times, the discussions of design tradeoffs and performance considerations are an excellent complement to the more traditional coverage of the theory behind photorealistic rendering. C++ idioms sometimes get in the way of more elegant solutions, but their use is always reasonably justified. If you are just looking for a general introduction to image synthesis and rendering, standard graphics textbooks [2] might fit the bill; however, if you intend to develop your own renderer or try out new ideas, this textbook provides an excellent starting point."—Computing Reviews.com

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780123750792
  • Publisher: Elsevier Science
  • Publication date: 7/12/2010
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 1200
  • Sales rank: 779,167
  • Product dimensions: 7.70 (w) x 9.40 (h) x 2.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Matt Pharr is works as an engineer for Neoptica, a San Francisco start-up, where he works on interactive graphics. Previously, he was a member of the technical staff at NVIDIA and was a co-founder of Exluna, where he developed off-line rendering software and investigated applications of graphics hardware to high-quality rendering. He holds a BS degree from Yale University and a PhD from the Stanford Graphics Laboratory under the supervision of Pat Hanrahan, where he researched both theoretical and systems issues related to rendering and has written a series of SIGGRAPH papers on these topics.

Greg Humphreys is an assistant professor of Computer Science at the University of Virginia, where his research focuses on interactive visualization of very large datasets. Greg has a B.S. degree from Princeton University and a Ph.D. in Computer Science from Stanford University under the supervision of Pat Hanrahan. His doctoral dissertation "A Stream Processing Approach to Interactive Graphics on Clusters of Workstations" showed that it was possible to build scalable interactive graphics systems using only commodity components. His cluster rendering software called "Chromium" is in widespread use in research and industry labs around the world.

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Table of Contents

CHAPTER 01. INTRODUCTION CHAPTER 02. GEOMETRY AND TRANSFORMATIONS CHAPTER 03. SHAPES CHAPTER 04. PRIMITIVES AND INTERSECTION ACCELERATION CHAPTER 05. COLOR AND RADIOMETRY CHAPTER 06. CAMERA MODELS CHAPTER 07. SAMPLING AND RECONSTRUCTION CHAPTER 08. REFLECTION MODELS CHAPTER 09. MATERIALS CHAPTER 10. TEXTURE CHAPTER 11. VOLUME SCATTERING CHAPTER 12. LIGHT SOURCES CHAPTER 13. MONTE CARLO INTEGRATION I: BASIC CONCEPTS CHAPTER 14. MONTE CARLO INTEGRATION II: IMPROVING EFFICIENCY CHAPTER 15. LIGHT TRANSPORT I: SURFACE REFLECTION CHAPTER 16. LIGHT TRANSPORT II: VOLUME RENDERING CHAPTER 17. LIGHT TRANSPORT III: PRECOMPUTED LIGHT TRANSPORT CHAPTER 18. RETROSPECTIVE AND THE FUTURE APPENDIXES AUtilities B Scene Description Interface C Index of Fragments D Index of Classes and their Members EIndex of Miscellaneous Identifiers

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