“Parallel Computing for Graphics: Beyond Programmable Shading” SIGGRAPH Asia 2008 Course

December 23rd, 2008

The complete course notes from the “Parallel Computing for Graphics: Beyond Programmable Shading” SIGGRAPH Asia 2008 course , are available online. The course gives an introduction to parallel programming architectures and environments for interactive graphics and explores case studies of combining traditional rendering API usage with advanced parallel computation from game developers, researchers, and graphics hardware vendors. There are strong indications that the future of interactive graphics involves a programming model more flexible than today’s OpenGL and Direct3D pipelines. As such, graphics developers need a basic understanding of how to combine emerging parallel programming techniques with the traditional interactive rendering pipeline. This course gives an introduction to several parallel graphics architectures and programming environments, and introduces the new types of graphics algorithms that will be possible. The case studies in the class discuss the mix of parallel programming constructs used, details of the graphics algorithms, and how the rendering pipeline and computation interact to achieve the technical goals. The course speakers are Jason Yang and Justin Hensley (AMD), Tim Foley (Intel), Mark Harris (NVIDIA), Kun Zhou (Zhejiang University), Anjul Patney (UC Davis), Pedro Sander (HKUIST), and Christopher Oat (AMD) (Complete course notes.)