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This image shows the shadow volumes from one of three colored light sources in
a scene with several animated Quake III characters and a high-polygon
environment. It is from the demo that accompanies the paper:
Morgan McGuire, John F. Hughes, Kevin Egan, Mark Kilgard, and Cass Everitt.
Fast, Practical and Robust Shadow Volumes, November 6, 2003.
This paper picks up where Everitt and Kilgard's previous shadow volume paper
left off. We show how to use vertex shaders,
scissor region and agressive culling on the CPU to dramatically improve both
the vertex and pixel throughput of shadow volume rendering. A theoretical
analysis section shows that our method reduces the asymptotic time bound for
the common cases from O(f) to O(s), where f is the number
of shadow caster faces and s is the number of edges where a front-face
meets a back-face, which is substantially smaller.
The demo was produced by Kevin Egan and Seth Block using artwork by Sam Howell
and Carl Schell. The research is part of the illumination project by the Brown University Games
Group supported by NVIDIA.