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Ray Tracing Acceleration Techniques

  1. M. Felipe Cátedra,
  2. Iván González,
  3. Francisco Saez de Adana,
  4. Oscar Gutiérrez,
  5. Lorena Lozano

Published Online: 15 SEP 2008

DOI: 10.1002/9780470050118.ecse687

Wiley Encyclopedia of Computer Science and Engineering

Wiley Encyclopedia of Computer Science and Engineering

How to Cite

Cátedra, M. F., González, I., Saez de Adana, F., Gutiérrez, O. and Lozano, L. 2008. Ray Tracing Acceleration Techniques. Wiley Encyclopedia of Computer Science and Engineering. 1–9.

Author Information

  1. Universidad de Alcalá, Alcalá de Henares, Spain

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 15 SEP 2008

Abstract

A short review of ray-tracing acceleration techniques for visualization and electromagnetic applications is presented. Techniques for different scenarios and types of illuminating waves are considered, distinguishing mainly between coherent and incoherent waves.

Keywords:

  • ray tracing;
  • shooting and bouncing of rays;
  • image method;
  • bounding boxes;
  • kd-tree algorithm;
  • binary space partitioning;
  • volumetric space partitioning;
  • angular Z-buffer