|A parallel rendering algorithm based on hierarchical radiosity|
|Miguel Caballer - Departamento de Sistemas Informáticos y Computación|
David Guerrero - Departamento de Sistemas Informáticos y Computación
Vicente Hernández - Departamento de Sistemas Informáticos y Computación
José E. Román - Departamento de Sistemas Informáticos y Computación
The radiosity method is a well-known global illumination algorithm for rendering scenes which produces highly realistic images. However, it is a computationally expensive method. In order to reduce the response time required for rendering a scene, a parallel version of a hierarchical radiosity algorithm has been developed, which takes profit of both shared and distributed memory architectures. The parallel code is used in an electronic commerce application and, therefore, the main focus is on achieving the fastest response rather than being able to render large scenes.