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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Transformation and Lighting in Cg

Spotlight Shader Effect

Spotlight Shader Effect

In this article I will demonstrate how to implement a basic lighting model using the Cg shader language. In this article, I assume the reader is familiar with the OpenGL graphics API and how to setup an application that uses OpenGL. If you want to see how you can setup an application that can be used to do OpenGL graphics rendering, you can refer to my previous article titled [Introduction to OpenGL for Game Programmers].

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Multi-textured Terrain in OpenGL


Terrain Sample

Terrain Sample

In this article I will demonstrate one possible way to generate multi-textured terrain using only the OpenGL rendering pipeline. This demo uses the GL_ARB_multitexture and GL_ARB_texture_env_combine OpenGL extensions to do the multi-textured blending based on the height of the vertex in the terrain.  I will also use the GL_ARB_vertex_buffer_object extension to store the terrain’s vertex information in the GPU memory for optimized rendering.

I will not show how to setup an application that uses OpenGL.  If you would like to review how to setup an OpenGL application you can refer to my previous article titled “Introduction to OpenGL for Game Programmers“.

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Simulating Particle Effects using OpenGL

Particle Effect

Particle Effect

In this article I will demonstrate one possible way to implement a particle effect in C++ using OpenGL to render the effect. This demo uses the fixed function pipeline and the host processor (CPU) to perform the simulation. In this article, I will use OpenGL and GLUT to render graphics to the application window. If you do not know how to setup an application using OpengGL and GLUT you can refer to my previous article titled [Introduction to OpenGL for Game Programmers] available [here].
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Introduction to DirectX 9 for Game Programmers

DirectX

DirectX

In this article I will give a quick introduction to DirectX.  I will use Visual Studio 2008 as a development environment for this tutorial and I will start by showing how to install DirectX and configure Visual Studio 2008 to start developing DirectX applications.  I assume that the reader has basic programming knowledge in C++.  If you require a math refresher, you can refer to my “3D Math Primer” articles on Coordinate Spaces, Vector Operations, and Matrices.

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Introduction to OpenGL for Game Programmers

OpenGL

OpenGL

In this article I will demonstrate a basic introduction in OpenGL. It will be in tutorial format that the reader can follow along on their own. The final result should be a working template that can be used to create your own projects using OpenGL.

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