Real-Time Global Illumination using Precomputed Light Field Probes

We introduce a new data structure and algorithms that employ it to compute real-time global illumination from static environments. Light field probes encode a scene’s full light field and internal visibility. They extend current radiance and irradiance probe structures with per-texel visibility information similar to a G-buffer and variance shadow map. We apply ideas from screen-space and voxel cone tracing techniques to this data structure to efficiently sample radiance on world space rays, with correct visibility information, directly within pixel and compute shaders. From these primitives, we then design two GPU algorithms to efficiently gather real-time, viewer-dependent global illumination onto both static and dynamic objects. These algorithms make different tradeoffs between performance and accuracy. Supplemental GLSL source code is included.


Morgan McGuire (NVIDIA)
Mike Mara (Stanford)
Derek Nowrouzezahrai (McGill University)

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