I read about this instant radiosity algorithm in the book physically based rendering 3rd these days. It is mentioned as instant global illumination though, they are actually the same thing. Although it is also unbiased like path tracing and bidirectional path tracing, the convergence speed is just terribly low comparing with the others. Instant Radiosity is pretty close to light tracing. Both of the algorithms trace rays from light sources instead of camera.

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I read about this instant radiosity algorithm in the book physically based rendering 3rd these days. It is mentioned as instant global illumination though, they are actually the same thing. Although it is also unbiased like path tracing and bidirectional path tracing, the convergence speed is just terribly low comparing with the others. Instant Radiosity is pretty close to light tracing. Both of the algorithms trace rays from light sources instead of camera.

The only difference between the two algorithm is where they connect vertices. In a light tracing algorithm, vertices along the light path are connected to camera directly. However in an instant radiosity algorithm, primary rays are still generated.

Light path vertices are connected to the primary ray intersections then. Light tracing counts the path with only one vertex eye vertex in the eye path and instant radiosity only takes two-vertices length eye path into account. The other big difference is that the light path is not for per-sample any more. With vertices in a number of light paths pre-calculated, all of the pixel samples use the same set of vertices instead of generating them during their radiance evaluation.

I think that is where it differs most from other algorithms. In some senses, it can be explained this way, many virtual point light sources are distributed in the scene before evaluating each pixel value. An interesting fact of this algorithm is that it converges to the correct result in a quite different way comparing with other algorithms, like path tracing.

In a path tracer, if you have less number of samples, you usually get noisy results. While the results with less number of light paths in instant radiosity look more likely to be smoothly illuminated with a couple of light sources, just matches the above explanation.

See the following images generated with roughly same amount of time by instant radiosity and path tracing, the left one calculated by instant radiosity gets quite smoother shading, while the right one is pretty noisy. First, the virtual shadows easily catch our attention even if there is only one real point light in the cornell box. Third, we have some hotspot around the corner inside this cornell box.

Of course, that is not to say it is a biased algorithm, it is just because we have only limited number of light paths generated in preprocess stage. With more light paths generated, those artifacts should be gone eventually. However, only the first issue can be hidden in a reasonable speed.

The math behind it is much less complex than MIS bidirectional path tracer mentioned on my previous post. It leaves us really simple mathematics behind the algorithm. We just need to evaluate the following equation correctly:. For an unbiased renderer, it needs to evaluate the above equation for every possible k value, where k usually starts from 2 in the case of direct visible light.

For a Monte Carlo estimator, it uses the following equation to approach the integral:. Although it may look more complex by a first look, however it is actually more clear for implementing the algorithm.

As we can see from the above equation, the first two brdf and g-term are to be evaluated in radiance sampling in the second stage. While the rest of the equation should be done in the pre-process stage 1, which distributes virtual point lights around the whole scene. And it can be done in an incremental way, just like we trace rays in a path tracer.

This is pretty clear for implementing the algorithm. In a practical ray tracer, it definitely needs special treatment for delta bsdf. Sadly, there is no delta bsdf support in my renderer, the mirror like material is actually a microfacet bsdf with 0 as roughness value.

The other artifact that we can handle is those hot spots at the corner of the Cornell box. Those high lighted area is caused by connecting quite near vertices, resulting in a very large g-term value.

According to the book, advanced global illumination , we can add a very small bias in the denominator of gterm to avoid those large values so that we can remove the hot spots by introducing bias into the method, which is unnoticeable. Pbrt book introduces a great way of removing those ugly hot spot, it works pretty well to me. My method is to clamp the inverse of the squared distance in the gterm when connecting vertices. We can them divide the extended rendering equation into two respectively.

The first part clamps the value to a maximum limit in order to avoid high radiance value by connecting two near vertices. Really simple, there is nothing to say about it. The second part is where the trick is. It would make no difference if we evaluate the equation the same way, because there is no upper limit on the inverse squared distance term. Instead of connecting the primary ray intersection with light path vertices, we sample a new ray based on the bsdf pdf, exactly like the way we do in a path tracer and then evaluate the radiance value recursively so that we can skip the super near vertex connection.

Here is the math proof why it eliminates the near connection, only relative parts are shown:. Even with the above trick, it is still hard to get similar result with other methods with only limited number of light paths, by limited number of light paths, I am talking about thousands. See the below images, left result is from instant radiosity, right one uses MIS bidirectional path tracing.

The first one uses almost double time than the bdpt result. And that already gives me enough reason to switch to other more robuse algorithms like path tracing, bidirectional path tracing.

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