Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Spotted: Voxelized shadow volumes

New shadow algorithm. 

Voxelized shadow volumes

Chris Wyman

Efficient shadowing algorithms have been sought for decades, but most shadow research focuses on quickly identifying shadows on surfaces. This paper introduces a novel algorithm to efficiently sample light visibility at points inside a volume. These voxelized shadow volumes (VSVs) extend shadow maps to allow efficient, simultaneous queries of visibility along view rays, or can alternately be seen as a discretized shadow volume. We voxelize the scene into a binary, epipolar-space grid where we apply a fast parallel scan to identify shadowed voxels. Using a view-dependent grid, our GPU implementation looks up 128 visibility samples along any eye ray with a single texture fetch.

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