A Sampling of Shadow Techniques

A little over a year ago I was looking to overhaul our shadow rendering at work in order to improve overall quality, as well as simplify the workflow for the lighting artists (tweaking biases all day isn’t fun for anybody). After doing yet another round of research into modern shadow mapping techniques, I decided to […]

DX11.2 Tiled Resources

Tiled resources seems to be the big-ticket item for the upcoming DX11.2 update. While the online documentation has some information about the new functions added to the API, there’s currently no information about the two tiers of tiled resource functionality being offered. Fortunately there is a sample app available that provides some clues. After poking […]

HLSL User Defined Language for Notepad++

When it comes to writing shaders, Notepad++ is currently my editor of choice. The most recent release of Notepad++ added version 2.0 of their User Defined Language (UDL) system, which adds quite a few improvements. I’ve been using an HLSL UDL file that I downloaded from somewhere else for a while now, and I decided […]

A quick note on shader compilers

This morning I was wrestling with  a particularly complicated compute shader, which was taking just shy of 10 minutes to compile using D3DCompiler_43 from the June 2010 DirectX SDK. After a few failed attempts to speed it up by rearranging the code, I figured I’d try it out with the new version of the compiler […]

GPU Profiling in DX11 with Queries

For profiling GPU performance on the PC, there aren’t too many options. AMD’s GPU PerfStudio and Nvidia’s Parallel Nsight can be pretty handy due to their ability to query hardware performance counters and display the data, but they only work on each vendor’s respective hardware. You also might want to integrate some GPU performance numbers […]

Average luminance calculation using a compute shader

A common part of most HDR rendering pipelines is some form of average luminance calculation. Typically it’s used to implement Reinhard’s method of image calibration, which is to map the geometric mean of luminance (log average) to some “key value”. This, combined with some time-based adaptation, allows for a reasonable approximation of auto-exposure or human […]

I am officially a published author

I recently collaborated with fellow DX MVP’s Jason Zink and Jack Hoxley to write a D3D11-focused book entitled Practical Rendering and Computation with Direct3D 11, which just came up for sale on Amazon today. I wrote the HLSL and Deferred Rendering chapters in particular. All of the code samples are up on the Hieroglyph 3 […]