Conference 5–9 August 2012
Exhibition 7–9 August 2012
Los Angeles Convention Center

Advances in Real-Time Rendering in Games: Part I

Los Angeles Convention Center, Room 515AB

Advances in real-time graphics research and the ever-increasing power of mainstream GPUs and consoles continue to generate an explosion of innovative algorithms suitable for fast, interactive rendering of complex and engaging virtual worlds. Every year, the latest video games employ a vast variety of sophisticated algorithms to produce ground-breaking 3D rendering that pushes the visual boundaries and interactive experience of rich environments.

This course is the next installment in the established series of SIGGRAPH courses on real-time rendering. It summarizes the best graphics practices and research from the game-development community and provides practical and production-proven algorithms. The first part of the course includes speakers from the makers of several award-winning games, such as Bungie, Activision Blizzard, Insomniac Games, CCP, Vicarious Visions, and Gobo Games, as well as R&D from Bosch and Disney Research. The focus of the course is on the intersection between the game-development community and state-of-the-art 3D graphics research, and the potential for cross-pollination of knowledge in future games and other interactive applications.

Topics covered include practical methods of real game-rendering pipelines; global illumination and reflections in real-time, high quality motion blur and ambient occlusion; complex lighting techniques; subsurface scattering and character rendering; practical approaches to shadows rendering in production scenarios; and other exciting production-proven techniques.


9 am

9:15 am
Scalable High-Quality Motion Blur and Ambient Occlusion

10 am
Real-Time Global Illumination and Reflections in Dust 514

10:30 am
Separable Subsurface Scattering & Photorealistic Eyes Rendering

11:10 am
Accelerating Rendering Pipelines Using Bidirectional Iterative Reprojection
Yang and Bowles

11:40 am
CSM Scrolling, An Acceleration Technique for The Rendering of Cascaded Shadow Maps

12:10 pm




Working knowledge of modern real-time graphics APIs like OpenGL or Direct3D and a solid basis in commonly used graphics algorithms. Familiarity with the concepts of programmable shading and shading languages.

Intended Audience

Technical practitioners and developers of graphics engines for visualization, games, or effects rendering who are interested in interactive rendering.


Natalya Tatarchuk
Bungie, Inc.

Hugh Malan
CCP Games

Padraic Hennessy
Vicarious Visions

Lei Yang
Bosch Research North America

Huw Bowles
Gobo Games

Jorge Jimenez
Activision Blizzard, Inc.

Mike Acton