Graphics Paper Roundup

All of these papers except the Larrabee paper were found on Ke-Sen Huang’s list of recent graphics conference papers. Fantastic site, well worth a browse.

Larrabee: A Many Core Architecture for Visual Computing – Larrabee is huge. If they can deliver, Intel is going to go from laughing stock to dominant force in the GPU industry. In five years, every CPU will have the capability to run Renderman in realtime. GPU manufacturers are running into a wall as they try to implement fast general processing. Intel has the expertise and muscle to pull off a massively parallel general rendering architecture and get it into the marketplace.

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Lapped Solid Textures – A mechanism for texturing a whole solid object, not just the surface. The best example from their talk is a kiwi – it has skin on the outside and all the right striations and chunks inside. The artist provides a small exemplar 3d texture, and uses the interactive editor to indicate how the object should be textured. The tool does the rest. Very cool, especially when you start thinking about breakable objects. kiwi.png
Shading-Based Surface Editing – The authors present another image based mesh editing technique. In other words, you scribble on the shape in 2d and it affects the geometry of the mesh. This one is based on you sketching shading onto a surface to affect its contour – draw a shadow and you get an appropriate shaped bump. bunny head.png
Interactive Procedural Street Modeling – Latest greatest procedural city tech. The video is a lot of fun, especially with the flythrough at the end. I keep waiting for Introversion to release that game they posted screenshots of with the procedural city.

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Improved Seam Carving for Video Retargeting – You remember that cool seam-based image resizing stuff that came around about a year ago? These guys extended it to video, and also revised the decimation metric to give better and more consistent results. video seam.png
CHC++: Coherent Hierarchical Occlusion Culling Revisited – Pretty cool hierarchical occlusion technique. Hardware and the algorithms are finally getting good enough that occlusion queries seem to be a viable technique. I’d love to try this out in Blockland, which would benefit quite a bit from a good occlusion system. oq.png
Statistical Reconstruction and Animation of Specific Speakers’ Gesturing Styles – They build an algorithmic model of Jay Leno’s body language and have the virtual Leno recite the intro crawl from Star Wars. The paper is actually pretty interesting; lots of good observations about body language (from a weird CS algorithm perspective).

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Always lots of cool stuff coming out around SIGGRAPH. Graphics technology just keeps getting cooler and cooler. :)

Published (Twice)

Game Programming Gems 7, which has a chapter by me on clipmaps, is out. Very nice!

There’s errata – they forgot the sample app on the CD. You can download the missing app at this URL. Please drop me an e-mail if you run into any problems compiling or have any questions at all – I switched hard drives recently so it might not be the very latest code.

GameDev.Net also is running an article that I and Eric Hartman wrote titled Learning From The 3000 “Classics”: What can MAME teach us about game design?. Pretty cool! So far all the comments have been positive. Cut us down to size and tell us what we did wrong here.

Forest Pack – Finally out the door

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It took a few years, but I finally released the fixed function GL forest renderer I was working on for Torque. You can find out all about it at my .plan on GarageGames. Various businessy things got in the way of releasing it (and perhaps a bit of apathy on my own part :) … but it’s nice to have it out! Done with? We’ll see. There’s always a lot of question/answer and trouble-shooting to go with these things.

On a personal level, I like to think this heralds a new chapter of my life, where things Just Get Done a lot more often. We’ll see how that pans out.