1st Edition

Practical Rendering and Computation with Direct3D 11

By Jason Zink, Matt Pettineo, Jack Hoxley Copyright 2011
    648 Pages
    by A K Peters/CRC Press

    648 Pages
    by A K Peters/CRC Press

    Direct3D 11 offers such a wealth of capabilities that users can sometimes get lost in the details of specific APIs and their implementation. While there is a great deal of low-level information available about how each API function should be used, there is little documentation that shows how best to leverage these capabilities. Written by active members of the Direct3D community, Practical Rendering and Computation with Direct3D 11 provides a deep understanding of both the high and low level concepts related to using Direct3D 11.

    The first part of the book presents a conceptual introduction to Direct3D 11, including an overview of the Direct3D 11 rendering and computation pipelines and how they map to the underlying hardware. It also provides a detailed look at all of the major components of the library, covering resources, pipeline details, and multithreaded rendering. Building upon this material, the second part of the text includes detailed examples of how to use Direct3D 11 in common rendering scenarios. The authors describe sample algorithms in-depth and discuss how the features of Direct3D 11 can be used to your advantage.

    All of the source code from the book is accessible on an actively maintained open source rendering framework. The sample applications and the framework itself can be downloaded from http://hieroglyph3.codeplex.com

    By analyzing when to use various tools and the tradeoffs between different implementations, this book helps you understand the best way to accomplish a given task and thereby fully leverage the potential capabilities of Direct3D 11.


    Key Features

    • Presents the high level concepts used to design algorithms

    • Describes the nuts and bolts of how to implement the algorithms

    • Explains each of the major components of the Direct3D 11 library

    • Shows how Direct3D 11 can be used in a variety of real-world situations

    • Provides source code and sample programs on a supplementary website

    Overview of Direct3D 11. Direct3D 11 Resources. The Rendering Pipeline. The Tessellation Pipeline. The Computation Pipeline. High Level Shading Language. Multithreaded Rendering. Mesh Rendering. Dynamic Tessellation. Image Processing. Deferred Rendering. Simulations. Multithreaded Paraboloid Rendering. Appendices. Bibliography. Index.


    Jason Zink, Matt Pettineo, Jack Hoxley

    Practical Rendering and Computation with Direct3D 11 packs in documentation and in-depth coverage of basic and high-level concepts related to using Direct 3D 11 and is a top pick for any serious programming collection. … perfect for a wide range of users. Any interested in computation and multicore models will find this packed with examples and technical applications.
    Midwest Book Review, October 2011

    The authors have generously provided us with an optimal blend of concepts and philosophy, illustrative figures to clarify the more difficult points, and source code fragments to make the ideas concrete. Of particular interest is the chapter on multithreaded rendering, a topic that is essential in a multicore world. Later chapters include many examples such as skinning and displacement, dynamic tessellation, image processing (to illustrate DirectCompute), deferred rendering, physics simulations, and multithreaded paraboloid mapping. As if all this is not enough, the authors have made available their source code, called Hieroglyph 3. Books do not get any better than this!
    —David Eberly, Geometric Tools