A Monte Carlo approach for Galerkin radiosity

Abstract

Galerkin radiosity solves the integral rendering equation by projecting the illumination functions into a set of higher-order basis functions. This paper presents a Monte Carlo approach for Galerkin radiosity to compute the coefficients of the basis functions. The new approach eliminates the problems with edge singularities between adjacent surfaces present in conventional Galerkin radiosity, the time complexity is reduced fromO(K 4) toO(K 2) for aK-order basis, and ideally specular energy transport can be simulated. As in conventional Galerkin radiosity, no meshing is required even for large or curved surfaces, thus reducing memory requirements, and no a posteriori Gouraud interpolation is necessary. The new algorithm is simple and can be parallelized on any parallel computer, including massively parallel systems.

DOI: 10.1007/BF01785872

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@article{Feda1996AMC, title={A Monte Carlo approach for Galerkin radiosity}, author={Martin Feda}, journal={The Visual Computer}, year={1996}, volume={12}, pages={390-405} }