Teaching a Modern Graphics Pipeline Using a Shader-based Software Renderer

Heinrich Fink, Thomas Weber, Michael Wimmer
Teaching a Modern Graphics Pipeline Using a Shader-based Software Renderer
In Eurographics 2012 -- Education Papers, pages 73-80. May 2012.
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Abstract

Shaders are a fundamental pattern of the modern graphics pipeline. This paper presents a syllabus for an introductory computer graphics course that emphasizes the use of programmable shaders while teaching raster-level algorithms at the same time. We describe a Java-based framework that is used for programming assignments in this course. This framework implements a shader-enabled software renderer and an interactive 3D editor. We also show how to create attractive course materials by using COLLADA, an open standard for 3D content exchange.

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@inproceedings{fink-2012-cg1,
  title =      "Teaching a Modern Graphics Pipeline Using a Shader-based
               Software Renderer",
  author =     "Heinrich Fink and Thomas Weber and Michael Wimmer",
  year =       "2012",
  abstract =   "Shaders are a fundamental pattern of the modern graphics
               pipeline. This paper presents a syllabus for an introductory
               computer graphics course that emphasizes the use of
               programmable shaders while teaching raster-level algorithms
               at the same time. We describe a Java-based framework that is
               used for programming assignments in this course. This
               framework implements a shader-enabled software renderer and
               an interactive 3D editor. We also show how to create
               attractive course materials by using COLLADA, an open
               standard for 3D content exchange.",
  month =      may,
  booktitle =  "Eurographics 2012 -- Education Papers",
  editor =     "Giovanni Gallo and Beatriz Sousa Santos",
  event =      "Eurographics 2012",
  issn =       "1017-4656",
  location =   "Cagliari, Italy",
  publisher =  "Eurographics Association",
  pages =      "73--80",
  keywords =   "Education, Collada, Java, Introductory Computer Graphics,
               Software Rasterizer",
  URL =        "https://www.cg.tuwien.ac.at/research/publications/2012/fink-2012-cg1/",
}