Real-Time Rendering, Third Edition

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Rendering realistic 3D images in a fraction of a second is an important goal in today's computer graphics industry. With the timely publication of "Real-Time Rendering," authors Tomas Möller and Eric Haines present algorithms of lasting value, for use in computer-aided design, simulation, virtual reality worlds, and games. Focusing on the graphics pipeline, the book has chapters on transforms, optimization, visual appearance, polygon manipulation, collision detection, and special effects. Also included are a wide...
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Overview

Rendering realistic 3D images in a fraction of a second is an important goal in today's computer graphics industry. With the timely publication of "Real-Time Rendering," authors Tomas Möller and Eric Haines present algorithms of lasting value, for use in computer-aided design, simulation, virtual reality worlds, and games. Focusing on the graphics pipeline, the book has chapters on transforms, optimization, visual appearance, polygon manipulation, collision detection, and special effects. Also included are a wide range of texture algorithms, intersection methods, and speed-up techniques. The book concludes with a section on hardware, including case studies of various graphics systems. Appendices on linear algebra and trigonometry give concise summaries for these fields. Copious references, reading recommendations, and a dedicated web site for additional resources make this book an indispensable guide in this rapidly evolving field.
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Editorial Reviews

Jack Woehr

Regular readers of ERCB may recall my comments when reviewing Graphics Programming with JFC:

It's an editorial blemish not to have provided a minimal bibliography to steer novice readers from the paths of pop techdom towards the high road of computer science..."

Real-Time Rendering, by Tomas Moeller and Eric Haines, remedies that omission. If you're ready for the mathematics of 3D computer graphics, you're ready for Real-Time Rendering. The authors state their objective succinctly:

This book is about algorithms which create synthetic images fast enough that the viewer can interact with a virtual environment.

Real-Time Rendering is a real textbook. The text is medium-to-high scientific English. To read the book, you must possess some familiarity with matrix math, geometry, and trigonometry. Equations abound, as do citations.

The presentation is both professional and scholarly. Moeller and Haines weigh in with a great deal of practical experience and an equal proportion of theoretical familiarity. The treatment is never abstract. Specific graphics subsystems are named and differences between them noted in the discussion. Rendering, not mathematics, is the focus.

The headings of Real-Time Rendering's content-rich chapters are:

1. Introduction
2. The Graphics Rendering Pipeline
3. Transforms
4. Visual Appearance
5. Texturing
6. Special Effects
7. Speed-up Techniques
8. Pipeline Optimization
9. Polygonal Techniques
10. Intersection Test Methods
11. Collision Detection
12. Graphics Hardware
13. The Future
Appendix A. Some Linear Algebra
Appendix B. Trigonometry

Real-Time Rendering is about process, not production. Hardware involved in the graphics pipeline is presented at the conceptual level in Chapter 12, "Graphics Hardware" and most engagingly in 12.2.2 "Case Study: Neon." The metal itself is not mined. If it's blit rates and bus signals you crave, you want a book like AGP System Architecture.

Overall, the editing, design, layout, and printing of this hardbound volume are excellent. Care and attention have been lavished on equation presentation. In addition to copious meticulous geometric diagrams, there are a number of plates relevant to the discussion. One group of plates is color; the rest are gray scale. Several of the gray scales are, in my review copy, unfortunately printed a bit too dark for comfort, but this is a minor flaw compensated for chez nous by a nifty fluorescent ring work light with central magnifying lens.

I learned the basics of rendering by taking off my shoes and socks and counting toes, while working through early OS/2 Presentation Manager development kit documentation. It is gratifying that this sort of approach is not necessary for the modern computer-science student who has access to books like Real-Time Rendering and to some of the 392 reference works cited therein, bless the bibliography.
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Presents algorithms for use in three-dimensional computer-aided design, simulation, virtual reality worlds, and games. Focusing on the graphics pipeline, the book has chapters on transforms, optimization, visual appearance, polygon manipulation, collision detection, and special effects. Also included are texture algorithms, intersection methods, and speed-up techniques. The book concludes with a section on hardware, including case studies of various graphics systems. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Rendering has been a required reference for professional graphics practitioners for nearly a decade. This latest edition is as relevant as ever, covering topics from essential mathematical foundations to advanced techniques used by today’s cutting edge games.
— Gabe Newell, President, Valve, May 2008

Rendering ... has been completely revised and revamped for its updated third edition, which focuses on modern techniques used to generate three-dimensional images in a fraction of the time old processes took. From practical rendering for games to math and details for better interactive applications, it's not to be missed.
The Bookwatch, November 2008

You'll get brilliantly lucid explanations of concepts like vertex morphing and variance shadow mapping—as well as a new respect for the incredible craftsmanship that goes into today's PC games.
— Logan Decker, PC Gamer Magazine , February 2009

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781568811826
  • Publisher: CRC Press
  • Publication date: 8/15/2002
  • Edition description: 2ND
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 864

Table of Contents

Preface

Chapter 1 -- Introduction

Chapter 2 -- The Graphics Rendering Pipeline

Chapter 3 -- Transforms

Chapter 4 -- Visual Appearance

Chapter 5 -- Texturing

Chapter 6 -- Special Effects

Chapter 7 -- Speed-Up Techniques

Chapter 8 -- Pipeline Optimization

Chapter 9 -- Polygonal Techniques

Chapter 10 -- Intersection Test Methods

Chapter 11 -- Collision Detection

Chapter 12 -- Graphics Hardware

Chapter 13 -- The Future

Appendix A -- Some Linear Algebra

Appendix B -- Trigonometry

Bibliography

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