From the Back Cover
""GPU Gems 2" isn't meant to simply adorn your bookshelf--it's required reading for anyone trying to keep pace with the rapid evolution of programmable graphics. If you're serious about graphics, this book will take you to the edge of what the GPU can do."
"--Remi Arnaud, Graphics Architect at Sony Computer Entertainment""The topics covered in "GPU Gems 2" are critical to the next generation of game engines."
"--Gary McTaggart, Software Engineer at Valve, Creators of "Half-Life "and" Counter-Strike
This sequel to the best-selling, first volume of "GPU Gems" details the latest programming techniques for today's graphics processing units (GPUs). As GPUs find their way into mobile phones, handheld gaming devices, and consoles, GPU expertise is even more critical in today's competitive environment. Real-time graphics programmers will discover the latest algorithms for creating advanced visual effects, strategies for managing complex scenes, and advanced image processing techniques. Readers will also learn new methods for using the substantial processing power of the GPU in other computationally intensive applications, such as scientific computing and finance. Twenty of the book's forty-eight chapters are devoted to GPGPU programming, from basic concepts to advanced techniques. Written by experts in cutting-edge GPU programming, this book offers readers practical means to harness the enormous capabilities of GPUs.
Major topics covered include: Geometric ComplexityShading, Lighting, and ShadowsHigh-Quality RenderingGeneral-Purpose Computation on GPUs: A PrimerImage-Oriented ComputingSimulation and Numerical Algorithms
Contributors are from the following corporations and universities:
1u Maddox Games
Armstrong State University
GSC Game World
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Siemens Corporate Research
Siemens Medical Solutions
Sony Pictures Imageworks
Stony Brook University
Technische Universitat Munchen
University of California, Davis
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
University of Potsdam
University of Tokyo
University of Toronto
University of Utah
University of Virginia
University of Waterloo
Vienna University of Technology
VRVis Research Center
Section editors include NVIDIA engineers: Kevin Bjorke, Cem Cebenoyan, Simon Green, Mark Harris, Craig Kolb, and Matthias Wloka
The accompanying CD-ROM includes complementary examples and sample programs.
About the Author
Matt Pharr is a software engineer at NVIDIA. Matt is also the coauthor of the book Physically Based Rendering: From Theory to Implementation (Morgan Kaufmann, 2004).
Randima (Randy) Fernando is Manager of Developer Education at NVIDIA.