Modular Radiance Transfer

1Disney Interactive Studios 2University of Utah 3UNC Chapel Hill 4Disney Research Zürich

In ACM Transactions on Graphics (Proceedings of SIGGRAPH Asia), 2011
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Indirect light computed in reduced subspaces for a cave with 19 blocks and 4 lights. We derive low-dimensional transport operators, on simple proxy shapes, that are warped and combined at run-time, at > 475 FPS on high-end GPUs and > 45 FPS on mobile platforms, and can model indirect light at surfaces (with detailed normal variation) and within volumes of large-scale scene geometry.


Many rendering algorithms willingly sacrifice accuracy, favoring plausible shading with high-performance. Modular Radiance Transfer (MRT) models coarse-scale, distant indirect lighting effects in scene geometry that scales from high-end GPUs to low-end mobile platforms. MRT eliminates scene-dependent precomputation by storing compact transport on simple shapes, akin to bounce cards used in film production. These shapes' modular transport can be instanced, warped and connected on-the-fly to yield approximate light transport in large scenes. We introduce a prior on incident lighting distributions and perform all computations in low-dimensional subspaces. An implicit lighting environment induced from the low-rank approximations is in turn used to model secondary effects, such as volumetric transport variation, higher-order irradiance, and transport through lightfields. MRT is a new approach to precomputed lighting that uses a novel low-dimensional subspace simulation of light transport to uniquely balance the need for high-performance and portable solutions, low memory usage, and fast authoring iteration.


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Bradford J. Loos, Lakulish Antani, Kenny Mitchell, Derek Nowrouzezahrai, Wojciech Jarosz, Peter-Pike Sloan. Modular Radiance Transfer. ACM Transactions on Graphics (Proceedings of SIGGRAPH Asia), 30(6), December 2011.

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    author = "Loos, Bradford J. and Antani, Lakulish and Mitchell, Kenny and Nowrouzezahrai, Derek and Jarosz, Wojciech and Sloan, Peter-Pike",
    title = "Modular Radiance Transfer",
    journal = "ACM Transactions on Graphics (Proceedings of SIGGRAPH Asia)",
    volume = "30",
    number = "6",
    year = "2011",
    month = "December",
    doi = "10.1145/2070781.2024212"

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