Introduction to Shader Programming with Cg 3.1

NVIDIA Cg

NVIDIA Cg

In this article I will introduce the reader to shader programming using the Cg shader programming language. I will use OpenGL graphics API to communicate with the Cg shaders. This article does not explain how use OpenGL. If you require an introduction to OpenGL, you can follow my previous article titled Introduction to OpenGL.

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Rendering Primitives with OpenGL

Rendering Primitives

Rendering Primitives

In this article, I will examine multiple methods for rendering primitives in OpenGL. The first method I will look at is using immediate-mode rendering to render simple primitives in 3D. Another method of rending primitives in OpenGL uses vertex arrays. And finally I will also examine the use of display lists to generate a set of render calls that can be executed at another point in time. The reader is expected to have a basic understanding of programming techniques in C++. If you want to know how you can get started with OpenGL, you can refer to my previous article titled [Introduction to OpenGL].

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Introduction to OpenCL

OpenCL

OpenCL

In this article I will provide a brief introduction to OpenCL. OpenCL is a open standard for general purpose parallel programming across CPUs, GPUs, and other programmable parallel devices. I assume that the reader is familiar with the C/C++ programming languages. I will use Microsoft Visual Studio 2008 to show how you can setup a project that is compiled with the OpenCL API.

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OpenGL Interoperability with CUDA

Postprocess Effect

Postprocess Effect

In this article I will discuss how you can use OpenGL textures and buffers in a CUDA kernel. I will demonstrate a simple post-process effect that can be applied to off-screen textures and then rendered to the screen using a full-screen quad. I will assume the reader has some basic knowledge of C/C++ programming, OpenGL, and CUDA. If you lack OpenGL knowledge, you can refer to my previous article titled Introduction to OpenGL or if you have never done anything with CUDA, you can follow my previous article titled Introduction to CUDA.

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Introduction to CUDA using Visual Studio 2008

NVIDIA CUDA

NVIDIA CUDA

In this article, I will give a brief introduction to using NVIDIA’s CUDA programming API to perform General Purpose Graphics Processing Unit Programming (or just GPGPU Programming). I will also show how to setup a project in Visual Studio that uses the CUDA runtime API to create a simple CUDA program.
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Projected Shadow Mapping with Cg and OpenGL

Projective Shadow Mapping

Projective Shadow Mapping

In this article, I will show how to implement projective shadow mapping in OpenGL using Cg shaders.
The basis of this post comes from the article titled [Transformation and Lighting in Cg]. I will assume the reader has a basic understanding of OpenGL and already knows how to setup an application that uses OpenGL. If you require a refresher on setting up an application using OpenGL, you can refer to my previous article titled [Introduction to OpenGL for Game Programmers].

I will take advantage of a few OpenGL extensions such as GL_ARB_framebuffer_object to create a offscreen framebuffer to render to and and GL_ARB_texture_border_clamp for clamping to the border color of the projective textures.

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Normal Mapping with Cg and OpenGL

NormalMapping

NormalMapping

In this article, I will discuss a technique called normal mapping. Normal mapping is a shader technique that encodes pre-computed surface normals in a texture that can be used to add extra detail to a surface without the requirement of adding extra geometry. Before reading this article, you should have a basic understanding of OpenGL and you should know how to setup a Cg shader. For a review on OpenGL, you can refer to my previous article titled [Introduction to OpenGL for Game Programmers] and to learn how to incorporate Cg shaders in your own applications, you can refer to my article titled [Introduction to Cg Runtime with OpenGL].

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Environment Mapping with Cg and OpenGL

Environment Mapping with Cg

Environment Mapping

In this article I will demonstrate an effect called Environment Mapping. Environment mapping attempts to simulate the effect of reflective or refractive surfaces in a shader rasterizer. I assume the reader has a basic understanding of OpenGL and Cg. If you require an introduction in OpenGL, you can refer to my article titled [Introduction to OpenGL for Game Programmers]. And for an introduction to Cg, you can refer to my article titled [Introduction to Cg Runtime with OpenGL].
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GPU Skinning of MD5 Models in OpenGL and Cg

Bob with Lamp (GPU Skinning)

Bob with Lamp (GPU Skinning)

This tutorial builds upon the previous article titled [Loading and Animating MD5 Models with OpenGL]. It is highly recommended that you read the previous article before following this one. In this tutorial, I will extend the MD5 model rendering to provide support for GPU skinning. I will also provide an example shader that will perform the vertex skinning in the vertex shader and do per-fragment lighting on the model using a single point light. For a complete discussion on lighting in CgFX, you can refer to my previous article titled [Transformation and Lighting in Cg].
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