Hot At Siggraph 2014 – Multithreading for Visual Effects

The ACM Siggraph conference starts tomorrow, August 10th, in Vancouver, BC. Multithreading for visual effects coupled with massive parallelism has changed the visual effects industry forever. A new book capturing that trend titled, appropriately enough, “Multithreading for Visual Effects”, is an excellent source of information about how visual effects are currently performed at industry giants such as Pixar and DreamWorks. Key parallelization options discussed include: (1) TBB (Intel Thread Building Blocks), (2) The Clik Plus C/C++ extensions for fine-grained parallel programming, (3) OpenMP, (4) OpenCL, and (5) GPU-specific models. Contributing authors include Martin Watt from DreamWorks, Erwin Coumans (Bullet Physics and Google), George ElKoura (Pixar), Ronald Henderson (DreamWorks). and  James Reinders (Intel). The book is based on the Siggraph 2013 “Multithreading and VFX” course notes.

Multithreading for Visual Effects

ACM subscribers can read and see the ACM course notes: PDF Mp4Mp4  Mp4 Part 1Mp4 Part 1  Mp4 Part 2Mp4 Part 2  Mp4 Part 3Mp4 Part 3.


Martin Watt

Martin Watt (click image for more information)

Erwin Coumans

Erwin Coumans (click image for more information)

Ron Henderson

Ron Henderson (click to view more information)

James Reinders

James Reinders (click to view more information)

Expect lots of eyecandy at the show!

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