< User:Vasco.costa
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Community Bonding Period

I made two patches for OpenCL (OCL) shot code. One patch refactors the existing SPH (Sphere) shot code, and the another patch implements EHY (Elliptical Hyperboloid) shot code.

Background Research

Development Status

Milestone Description Patch Status
M0.1 fix OCL SPH shot routine compilation errors. #341 TRUNK
M0.2 EHY shot routine in OCL. #346 TRUNK
M1 ELL and ARB8 shot routines in OCL. #370 TRUNK
M2 refactor dispatcher, shoot, optical renderer to process many rays in parallel in C when rendering an image or block. see M5
M3.0 grid spatial partitioning in C. #379 see M3.2
M3.1 grid spatial partitioning in OCL. #379 see M3.2
M3.2 HLBVH object partitioning builder in C. traversal in OCL. TRUNK
M4 GPU side database storage of OCL implemented primitives. #392 TRUNK
M5 port compute intensive or critical parts of the dispatcher, boolean evaluation, optical renderer to OCL. TRUNK
M5.1 OCL dispatcher that performs the shot routines for a whole frame. TRUNK
M5.2 OCL rasterizer that does the pixel pushing for a whole frame. TRUNK
M5.3 OCL lighting modes: Phong, Diffuse, Surface Normals. TRUNK
M5.4 OCL lighting modes: Multi-hit transparent. TRUNK
M6 TOR and TGC shot routines in OCL. #393 TRUNK
M6.1 REC shot routine in OCL. TRUNK
M6.2 Surface normal routines for all seven OCL implemented primitives. TRUNK
M7 BOT shot routine in OCL. -
M7.1 Simple BOT shot routine in OCL that computes triangle hits and normals brute force. TRUNK
M7.2 CPU HLBVH BOT shot construction with OCL traversal and interpolated per pixel normals. TRUNK

The ARB8, ARS, BOT, EHY, ELL, SPH, REC, TOR, TGC, shot routines are in SVN trunk.

SVN trunk also contains solid database device storage and a render function which given a view2model matrix, width, height, can generate an RGB8 bitmap. Diffuse and Surface Normal light models are supported. The renderer does BVH accelerated ray tracing and ignores the CSG operators. It is integrated as a render option in mged.

Development Phase

Week 1 : 25-31 May

  • Created some example .g files in mged for the primitives to be implemented this week. The Quick Reference Card proved to be quite useful.
  • Do the matrix ops for EHY (Elliptical Hyperboloid) in the OCL side.
  • Tried out a bunch of code browsing tools (cscope, LXR, doxygen, etc). The NetBeans IDE seems the most promising.

Week 2 : 1-7 Jun

  • Read code to better understand the main rendering loop. It seems to be something like this:
do_frame() → do_run() → worker()* → do_pixel()* → rt_shootray()* → rt_*_shot()
The code is recursive (which is problematic for OCL). I'll work on a simplified version of the rendering loop which only does the primary rays in C as a first approach. After I get the non-recursive parallel friendly C code I'll work on the OCL port.
  • Updated project proposal on Google Melange.
  • Upgraded Ubuntu and GCC.
  • Made simple ray generation code in C.
  • Made simple frame buffer write code in C.
  • Made simple diffuse shading code in C.

Week 3 : 8-14 Jun

  • Added the main boolean weaving code to our minimal renderer.
  • Eliminated some gotos and made the code more thread safe.
  • The simple renderer patches are in the mailing-list.

Week 4 : 15-21 Jun

  • Added OpenMP compile support. Use OpenMP constructs to launch the rendering threads. This work still has some bugs in it.
  • Alpha M2 patch. in mailing-list.
  • Read code to better understand the main spatial partition construction routines. They seem to be something like this:
rt_prep_parallel() → rt_cut_it() → rt_nugrid_cut()
We need something less complex that is more amenable to porting to OCL. So I will be implementing the Lagae & Dutré compact grid construction algorithm published at EGSR. First I will program in ANSI C then I will port the code to OpenCL.
  • Started work on M3: grid spatial partitioning in OCL.
  • ANSI C Lagae & Dutré grid construction code.

Week 5 : 22-28 Jun

  • Took time off from the project to go to the CGI'15 conference.

Week 6 : 29 Jun-5 Jul

  • GSoC Midterm Evaluations.

Weeks 7-8 : 6 Jul-12 Jul, 13 Jul-19 Jul

  • Evaluating algorithms for grid construction.
  • Selecting OCL kernels we can use to support grid construction. It seems PyOpenCL has some kernels we could use. Now the question is how to extricate the OpenCL/C from the Python...

Weeks 9-10 : 20 Jul-26 Jul, 27 Jul-2 Aug

  • Implemented GPU side solid database storage infrastructure.
  • The OCL EHY shot code now uses the GPU solid database instead of creating the input buffers on every call.
The code allows the primitive to decide how it is stored without imposing a convention. So one can use SoA, AoS, or whatever to store the data.
  • Implemented GPU side solid database storage for SPH, ELL, ARB8.
  • Extracted out some duplicated OCL code.
  • OCL TOR (Torus) shot routine. Includes the higher order equation solver code.
  • OCL TGC (Truncated General Cone) shot routine.
  • Put equation solver in separate .cl file.
  • General overhaul and cleanup of the OCL shot patches.
  • Upgraded NVIDIA OpenCL drivers on my computer to CUDA 7.0.
  • I drew up a tentative algorithm for the CSG raytrace:
# GPU execution
lengths = COMPUTE_LEN_SEGMENTS(rays, db)
segs = ALLOC_SEGMENTS(lengths)
segs = COMPUTE_SEGMENTS(rays, db, segs)

# CPU execution
waiting_segs = READ_SEGMENTS(segs)
# merge with CPU computed segments for non-accelerated primitives
finished_segs = RT_BOOL_WEAVE(waiting_segs)
partitions = RT_BOOL_FINAL(finished_segs)
pixels = VIEWSHADE(rays, db, partitions)
This allows us to ultimately reuse the CPU code for boolean weaving, primitive normals, shaders, to have a 100% pixel accurate result. At the expense of a lot of memory traffic and CPU-side computation of some fairly maths intensive parts like the normal compute and shade. However I presently see no other way of having a 100% accurate result in the time we have available.
  • Made OCL EHY shot code look exactly like the ANSI C version. Cleanups.
  • Ran tests on OCL shot code to check for accuracy vs existing code:
# e.g. test for tgc
make tgc tgc
e tgc ; rt -o rt_tgc.pix # OR e tgc ; rt -o cl_tgc.pix
pixdiff rt_tgc.pix cl_tgc.pix | pix-fb 
# test results:
arb8: pixdiff bytes:  777500 matching,    8932 off by 1,       0 off by many
ehy:  pixdiff bytes:  760977 matching,   25443 off by 1,      12 off by many
ell:  pixdiff bytes:  764588 matching,   21844 off by 1,       0 off by many
sph:  pixdiff bytes:  736942 matching,   49490 off by 1,       0 off by many
tgc:  pixdiff bytes:  783191 matching,    3241 off by 1,       0 off by many
tor:  pixdiff bytes:  774138 matching,   12294 off by 1,       0 off by many
Rt ehy.png Cl ehy.png Diff ehy.png
  • The off by many problem with EHY is probably related to rounding errors with sqrt in OCL for NVIDIA using a different rounding mode than X86. It is possible to use PTX assembly, i.e. asm("sqrt.rp.f64 %0, %1;" : "=d"(b) : "d"(a));. OCL 1.1 and over have no support for setting rounding modes without using inline assembly.

Week 11 : 3 Aug-9 Aug

  • Sean applied patches #341 and #346 to SVN trunk.
  • Got SVN write access.
  • Applied patches #393 and #370 to SVN trunk.
  • SVN trunk now has OCL shot evaluation for SPH, EHY, ELL, ARB8, TOR, TGC primitives.
  • Refactored SPH (remove duplicate code, etc) and applied it to trunk.
  • Move declarations to top level in order to eliminate duplicate code in trunk.
  • Pass struct with primitive data to OCL as an initial step to an AoS device primitive database. Move constants into
  • Generic OCL solid shot handler. Refactored code to remove duplicates.
  • Load large OCL vectors on demand to reduce stack footprint per function call.
  • Fix memory leak on OCL loaded program source code.

Week 12 : 10 Aug-16 Aug

  • Add inclusive and exclusive scan OCL code from PyOpenCL to trunk.
  • Created a private branch for opencl.
  • M2 commited to opencl branch: kludge up a simple rendering pipeline with grid spatial partitioning traversal acceleration.
The simple ANSI C rendering pipeline only supports Lambertian reflection with a stock grey material to make things simpler. Golliath scene:
arb8 160
ell 2
pipe 10
tgc 94
tor 22
We have OCL shot tests for 278 of 288 solids. Only primitive in this database which is not ported yet is pipe.
For future reference I get these timings for the above scene (one OCL kernel invocation per ray-primitive shot):
SHOT: cpu = 421.568 sec, elapsed = 447.675 sec
  • M4 commited to opencl branch: add device side solid database storage.
  • Refactor opencl database storage on opencl branch.
  • Backport solid database storage from opencl branch to trunk.
  • Simple OCL rendering pipeline which brute force computes all shots and returns a silhouette of the view:
RT+OCL (Havoc) OCL (Havoc)
Rt havoc.png Cl havoc.png
one OCL kernel invocation per shot with BSP spatial partitioning OCL brute force computation of all shots (2429 solids, 929232 pixels) in one kernel call
elapsed time: 375.68 sec elapsed time: 3.22 sec
This is not an apples to apple comparison since the work done is a lot different. The brute force version ignores the CSG operators. We don't have OCL normal computation. But it's a way to gauge the possibilities here. If we implemented a BVH we could cut the iterations per pixel from 2429 to around log2(2429)*depth complexity where log2(2429)=11.25. In opencl branch.
PS: The missile launcher tubes don't show up. The tgcs degenerate to recs. So need OCL rec shot to render this properly. Might also be an issue in other scenes.
  • Add REC shot routine to opencl branch. Fixes the issues with the havoc missile launchers as seen above.
  • Backport REC shot routine from opencl branch to trunk. Add checks for NULL results buffer.
  • OCL normal computation for arb8, ehy, ell, rec, sph, tgc, tor.
  • Backport opencl normal computation for arb8, ehy, ell, rec, sph, tgc, tor to trunk.
  • Add diffuse, surface normals rendering light models to opencl branch. Screenshots:
OCL Sphere (Surface Normals) OCL Sphere (Diffuse) OCL Havoc (Surface Normals)
Cl sphere surf normals.png Cl sphere diffuse.png Cl havoc surf normals.png
elapsed time: 0.05 sec elapsed time: 0.05 sec elapsed time: 4.20 sec
  • Backport diffuse, surface normals rendering light models from opencl branch.
  • On hindsight I think the grids are not a good option for BRL-CAD on the GPU. Spatial partitioning can result in duplicate shots. Shots of BRL-CAD primitives can be more expensive than simple ray-triangle shots. The alternative is to use mailboxing like the BRL-CAD ANSI C code currently does but this requires a lot of per thread memory which we can ill afford on a massively parallel architecture like a GPU. So I think we would be better served by object partitioning namely BVHs. Did another literature search to see if I could come up with some papers we could use for the boolean evaluation, BVH construction and traversal.
As for the boolean evaluator. If we can compute this incrementally this will have a significant impact on memory loads and memory consumption.
  • Retrofit HLBVH tree builder from pbrtv3 source into opencl branch.
  • OCL BVH traversal in branch.
For reference the OCL BVH can render the Havoc scene, as seen above, at elapsed time: 0.09 sec vs the 4.20 sec it took with the brute force code. i.e. it is around 45x faster for this scene. The advantage should increase for scenes with more solids.
  • The HLBVH code has stabilized enough that I replaced the grids code with it.
  • Added bu_pool memory pool allocator because it's useful for the HLBVH builder.
  • HLBVH CPU builder code has landed on trunk.
  • Integrated OCL rendering with rt (command line option "-z") and mged (diffuse and surface normals light models). Currently it is fill rate limited. Pixel pushing is done with view_pixel on a single CPU core. This should be done on the GPU. The framebuffer outputs should also support writing blocks of pixels. Currently they use line oriented output. Doing these changes would require breaking API compatibility.

Week 13 : 17 Aug-23 Aug

  • Do heavy duty pixel pushing with the GPU. This speeds up rendering of Havok around 2-3x on my system. It should make even more of a difference in simpler scenes which are more fillrate than geometry performance limited. I figured out a way to do the code for this without actually breaking the API. I used a callback to get the framebuffer pointer.
  • I redid the accuracy tests after reimplementing the raster parts of the code in OCL to check the accuracy. I got the same accuracy in surface normals mode as when we only computed the hit results in OCL with one kernel invocation per ray-solid intersection.
RT Hyperboloid OCL Hyperboloid PIXDIFF Hyperboloid
Rt ehyn.png Cl ehyn.png Diff ehyn.png
elapsed time @ 972x956: 0.35 sec elapsed time @ 972x956: 0.06 sec
This was the one primitive which had the most differences last time so I ran the test again. ehy: pixdiff bytes: 760757 matching, 25663 off by 1, 12 off by many. I got similar results. So the pixel engine shouldn't be more innacurate than the regular one. What I did find out in surface normals mode was that the CPU code actually is showing hits with the side of the hyperboloid (see the blue dots in the figure at the left). Despite this view being top down. So maybe the GPU version is actually more accurate? The differences show a nice noisy pattern without obvious banding or moire so there don't seem to be any major issues with the hits, normals, and raster.
  • Show -z OpenCL command line option when running rt -h.
  • Rename to
  • Replace branches in pixel writing with conditional moves.
  • Refactor sub buffer code.
  • Write depth buffer in network byte order.
  • Removed scan code from PyOpenCL because of licensing issues. Good thing it wasn't being used anywhere yet.
  • Remove malloc inside framebuffer grabber routine.
  • Require OpenCL 1.2 or greater.
  • Change OCL primitive packing routines to use memory pools.
  • Initial bot, ars implementation. It just intersects all the triangles. No acceleration.
  • Removed the, now unused, one kernel call per ray-primitive intersection routines.
  • HLBVH bot construction (experimental) and OCL traversal. Here's a screenshot:
Buddha (OCL)
Cl buddha.png
1 million triangles
elapsed time @ 972x956: 0.14 sec (OCL)
elapsed time @ 972x956: 17.49 sec (RT)
elapsed time @ 972x956: 0.49 sec (RT bot kd-tree)
All math operations are done in double precision FP.
  • Fix bugs in bot triangle data parsing.
  • Add gamma correction and haze.
  • Fix a bug in hlbvh construction in certain edge cases were the primitive bounding boxes are empty.
  • Experimental bot triangle normal support.
  • Phong shading lighting model.
  • Handle UNORDERED, CW, and CCW triangle vertices to fix bot normal generation.
  • Added material colors to OCL render. The colors are kind of buggy because there is no easy way, that I know of, getting the actual material associated with a solid in the table. The materials are in regions and regions are the ones with materials. Any solid may be in a number of regions. Figuring out the material without consulting the actual CSG tree which has the regions is hence non-trivial.
  • Added a lightmodel with transparent multi-hit rendering to show the multi-hit facilities.
Golliath (OCL)
Cl golliath.png
elapsed time @ 972x956: 0.33 sec
  • Fix linking errors in AMD OCL SDK.
  • Fix issues with OCL color render.
  • Fix issue when doing a render with nothing on view.
  • Set the local workgroup size when rendering to use subgrids up to 8x8 size to maximize coherency of accesses. speeds up things like 2x.
  • Tested an adaptation of Understanding the Efficiency of Ray Traversal on GPUs. Timo Aila and Samuli Laine, Proc. High-Performance Graphics 2009. Was not significantly better on the GTX TITAN compared with just shooting rays in 8x8 blocks. You can read more about it here:

Post Development Phase

Week: 24-30 Aug

  • Use less memory to store solid ids and materials in ocl. Eliminate some more branches and simplify logic in solver.
  • Compute transparency using attenuation.
  • bool.c cleanups. If we ever are to port the standard BRL-CAD CSG evaluator algorithm to OpenCL C, given that there seem to be no other major viable options which give sufficiently correct results for our project purposes, this code must be brought to heel. Such a task would be immense. I hope I helped this with a series of patches to: remove gotos (not available in OpenCL C), to re-compile the bool trees (binary tree of pointers) to a linear postfix array form. This form is easier and more coherent to parse during the rendering stage. I did it in these stages:
    • eliminated all gotos in rt_default_multioverlap.
    • eliminated all gotos in rt_boolweave.
    • produced a patch to use the postfix linear tree to replace
  • Process segments instead of hit points. Use registers to store segments. Make all available rendering modes (full, diffuse, normals, multi-hit transparent) work in a single pass. This speeds up the full and transparent modes like 2-3x.
  • Also updated the multiple-kernel launch renderer code to work with the segment list approach. It might be slower but we might need the whole segment list in memory at the same time in the future.

  • Well folks GSoC 2015 is finally over! Mission complete! I thank everyone who made this possible:
    • Google: Carol Smith
    • BRL-CAD: brlcad (Sean), Stragus, starseeker, ``Erik.
There are other people who were of help but these were most notable to list. The deepest thanks go to my parents for tirelessly supporting me during this code marathon.