Date of Award

5-2018

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Fine Arts (MFA)

Department

Art

Committee Member

Dr. Jerry Tessendorf, Committee Chair

Committee Member

Tony Penna

Committee Member

Dr. Brian Malloy

Abstract

This thesis presents Cackle, a GPU accelerated path tracer for rendering 3D fractals. It is comprised of a GLSL viewer for real-time visualization and a series of CUDA kernels for offline rendering. Cackle supports both point lights and environment lights for lighting. A Cook-Torrance shading model was implemented for materials. The results are demonstrated with a series of renders and a discussion on artistic scene selection and lighting.

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