Graphics Programming weekly - Issue 183 — May 16, 2021

In-depth technical dive into metro exodus pc enhanced edition

  • the article provides an overview of raytracing in rendering pipelines, how it has developed over time in the game development
  • how it has been integrated into metro exodus
  • shows the effect of the different components and how it affects the final rendering

Experiments in hybrid raytraced shadows

  • the blog post discusses how to combine raytraced and shadows from shadow maps
  • detect areas where shadow map resolution is too low to represent the edges and trace rays instead
  • presents different methods, compares performance and quality
  • additionally presents a summary and comparison against the AMD hybrid raytracing shadows technique

Shader translation benchmark on Dota2/Metal

  • the blog post presents a performance comparison of Naga (rust based shader translation library) vs. SPIRV-Cross in Dota2
  • measures CPU time taken for shader translation in Dota2 from SPIRV to MSL (Metal shading language)
  • takes around 1ms per shader stage


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Radeon Rays v4.1 is now available – with open source!

  • Radeon Rays v4.1 (ray intersection library for D3D12 and Vulkan) is now open source

The stack monoid revisited

  • the article discusses a technique for parallel processing of stack-based operations
  • designed for a clip stack in the usage of a compute-centric 2D GPU renderer
  • single-pass process with bounded memory usage within a thread group

[video] Basics of Mipmaps in Unity Part 1! Import Settings and Custom Mipmaps!

  • the video presents an explanation on mipmaps, presenting what effects it has on the visual appearance
  • explains how to use unity to automatically generate mipmaps
  • shows how to generate custom mipmaps
  • additionally provides some ideas on how to use custom generated mipmaps to achieve water caustics implementation

[video] Raymarched Reflections

  • part 3 of the newton cradle tutorial series
  • shows how to implement reflections using raymarching; this enables the object to be reflected in itself
  • implementation is done using ShaderToy

[video] SIGGRAPH 2021: Technical Papers Preview Trailer

  • 4-minute trailer presenting a brief look at many papers that will be presented as part of SIGGRAPH 2021

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