The Modern Vulkan Cookbook: A practical guide to 3D graphics and advanced real-time rendering techniques in Vulkan

The Modern Vulkan Cookbook: A practical guide to 3D graphics and advanced real-time rendering techniques in Vulkan
by 作者: Preetish Kakkar (Author), Mauricio Maurer (Author)
Publisher Finelybook 出版社: Packt Publishing
Publication Date 出版日期: 2024-04-12
Language 语言: English
pages 页数: : 334 pages
ISBN-10 书号: 1803239980
ISBN-13 书号: 9781803239989

Book Description

Discover essential real-time rendering techniques that can be extended or applied directly to existing or new rendering engines focusing only on Vulkan

Key Features

  • Explore a wide range of advanced 3D graphics programming techniques to leverage the full potential of Vulkan API
  • Learn tips, tricks, and solutions to boost your 3D graphics for a wide range of cross-platform devices
  • Implement geometry projection, texturing, and lighting techniques
  • Purchase of the print or Kindle book includes a free PDF eBook

Book Description

Vulkan is a graphics API that gives the program total control of the GPU, allowing the GPU to be used to its full potential. This cookbook will uncover useful techniques for emerging new technologies, such as hybrid rendering, extended reality – mixed reality (MR), augmented reality (AR), virtual reality (VR) – and GPU-driven rendering, and even features a dedicated chapter to help you debug and profile your graphics applications with tips and tricks tested in real-world scenarios.

The book starts by explaining basic Vulkan concepts while guiding you through the implementation of a basic graphics engine. The building blocks presented in the first few chapters will then help you implement more advanced techniques and algorithms, while getting you acquainted with the inner workings of Vulkan. Gradually, you’ll discover how Vulkan can be used to build hybrid renderers as well as leveraged for the future of graphics with AR/VR/MR. Moreover, you’ll gain an understanding of how it can be debugged or measured for performance.

By the end of this book, you’ll be well versed in how to use Vulkan to write graphics applications and how graphics algorithms are implemented using Vulkan.

What you will learn

  • Set up your environment for Vulkan development
  • Understand how to draw graphics primitives using Vulkan
  • Use state-of-the-art Vulkan to implement a wide variety of modern rendering techniques such as DLSS, TAA, OIT, and foveated rendering
  • Implement hybrid techniques using rasterization and ray tracing to create photorealistic real-time engines
  • Create extended reality (AR/VR/MR) applications using OpenXR and Vulkan
  • Explore debugging techniques for graphics applications that use Vulkan

Who this book is for

This book is for computer graphics engineers who have experience in at least one graphics API, such as OpenGL (any variations), DirectX, or Metal, and wish to delve into Vulkan using hands-on, practical examples. Graphics engineers looking to use Vulkan’s capabilities to develop real-time hybrid renderers and create XR applications will also find this book helpful. Familiarity with graphics APIs (such as OpenGL, OpenGL ES, Metal, or DirectX), proficiency in C++ programming, and a basic understanding of computer graphics algorithms are assumed.

Table of contents

  1. Vulkan Core Concepts
  2. Working with Modern Vulkan
  3. Implementing GPU-Driven Rendering
  4. Exploring Techniques for Lighting, Shading, and Shadows
  5. Deciphering Order-Independent Transparency
  6. Anti-Aliasing Techniques
  7. Ray Tracing and Hybrid Rendering
  8. Extended Reality with OpenXR
  9. Debugging and Performance Measurement Techniques


“There aren’t many books that teach Vulkan from scratch because it is such a complex and challenging subject. The Modern Vulkan Cookbook is an exception to that. I’ve been collaborating with one of the coauthors of this book for a few years now, and I’m grateful that he has distilled and shared his extensive Vulkan experience by creating this excellent book!”

Sergey Kosarevsky, a Former Ubisoft Rendering Lead, Coauthor of 3D Graphics Rendering Cookbook

About the Author

Preetish Kakkar is a senior computer graphics engineer with Adobe and works on the rendering engine that powers products such as Aero, Stager, and After Effects. He has worked at Microsoft, MathWorks, and Stryker, where he co-authored various rendering engines as well as using other engines such as Unreal and Unity. He has more than 15 years of software development experience along with 10+ years in 3D graphics, scientific visualization, and medical imaging.

Mauricio Maurer is a computer graphics engineer with nearly 20 years of experience working with 2D and 3D rendering, computational geometry, and rasterization in the fields of scientific visualization, CAD/CAM, and social networking. He is currently a graphics software engineer at Meta, helping to develop the next generation of AR/VR devices. Mauricio holds two master’s degrees in computer science with a specialization in computer graphics from SUNY Stony Brook, NY, and the Federal University of Parana, Brazil.

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