[Haskell-cafe] announce: Glome.hs-0.3 (Haskell raytracer)
dons at galois.com
Fri Apr 18 14:43:27 EDT 2008
> A new version of my raytracer is out. It now supports cones, cylinders,
> disks, boxes, and planes as base primitives (previously it only
> supported triangles and spheres), as well as transformations of
> arbitrary objects (rotate, scale, translate) and the CSG operations
> difference and intersection. Perlin noise and Blinn highlights have
> been added, as well.
> Glome can parse NFF-format scene files (see
> http://tog.acm.org/resources/SPD/), but many features are only
> accessible via raw Haskell, since NFF doesn't support very many kinds of
> primitives. I included a TestScene.hs file that demonstrates how to
> create a scene with various kinds of geometry (including a crude attempt
> at a recursively-defined oak tree) in haskell. There isn't any
> documentation yet, but many of the primitives have constructors that
> resemble their equivalents in povray, so anyone familiar with povray's
> syntax should be able to figure out what's going on.
Very impressive. Did you consider cabalising the Haskell code, so it
can be easily distributed from hackage.haskell.org?
I note on the website you say:
"no threading (shared-memory concurrency is not supported by ocaml,
in haskell it's buggy)"
Could you elaborate on this? Shared memory concurrency is a sweet spot
in Haskell, and heavily utilised, so I think we'd all like to know more
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