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Tracing secondary rays, such as reflection, refraction and shadow rays, can often be the most costly step in a modern real-time ray tracer. In this paper, we examine this problem by using suitable ray coherence measures and present a thorough evaluation of different reordering heuristics for secondary rays. We also present a simple system design for more coherent scene traversal by caching secondary rays and using sorted packet-tracing. Although the results are only slightly incremental to current research, we believe this study is an interesting contribution for further research in the field.
Interactive Ray Tracing, 2007. RT '07. IEEE Symposium on
Date of Conference: 10-12 Sept. 2007