Hardware Accelerated Shaders Using FPGA

Authors: Goddard, L. and Stephenson, I.

Conference: Siggraph 2008: International Conference on Computer Graphics and Interactive Techniques

Dates: 11-15 August 2008

Pages: 53

Publisher: ACM

Place of Publication: New York

ISBN: 978-1-60558-466-9

ISSN: 6055-8466

DOI: 10.1145/1400885.1400942


Graphics hardware isn't really suited to production rendering, so high quality hardware accelerated rendering is difficult. Custom hardware solutions are financially impractical. FPGA allow custom hardware to be generated at run time, allowing rendering hardware to be customised, not just for generic rendering, but for each surface in each scene. RenderMan shaders for each surface are compiled to hardware allowing surface illumination to be calculated at true hardware speeds.


Source: Manual

Preferred by: Ian Stephenson