GPU Gems 2: Programming Techniques for High-Performance by Randima Fernando, Matt Pharr

By Randima Fernando, Matt Pharr

This sequel to the best-selling, first quantity of GPU gemstones information the newest programming options for today’s photographs processing devices (GPUs). As GPUs locate their approach into cell phones, hand-held gaming units, and consoles, GPU services is much more severe in today’s aggressive atmosphere. Real-time photographs programmers will realize the newest algorithms for developing complex visible results, ideas for handling complicated scenes, and complicated photograph processing thoughts. Readers also will study new equipment for utilizing the immense processing strength of the GPU in different computationally in depth functions, reminiscent of clinical computing and finance. Twenty of the book’s forty-eight chapters are dedicated to GPGPU programming, from simple recommendations to complicated concepts. Written by means of specialists in state-of-the-art GPU programming, this ebook bargains readers sensible capacity to harness the big features of GPUs.

Major issues coated include:

* Geometric Complexity
* Shading, lights, and Shadows
* fine quality Rendering
* General-Purpose Computation on GPUs: A Primer
* Image-Oriented Computing
* Simulation and Numerical Algorithms

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