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Rendering global illumination effects for dynamic scenes at interactive frame rates is a computationally challenging task. Much of the computation time needed is spent during visibility queries between individual scene elements, and it is almost illusive to update this information at realtime even for moderately complex scenes. In this paper, we propose a global illumination approach for dynamic scenes that runs at near-real-time frame rates on a single PC. Our method is inspired by the principles of hierarchical radiosity and tackles the visibility problem by implicitly evaluating mutual visibility while constructing a hierarchical link structure between scene elements. By means of the same efficient and easy-to-implement framework, we are able to reproduce a large variety of complex lighting effects for moderately sized scenes, such as interreflections, environment map lighting as well as area light sources.
Date of Conference: Oct. 29 2007-Nov. 2 2007