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Implementing a Path Tracer so that I can teach myself the Go language.

Now with more concurrency! ✨

Following the E-book by Peter Shirley 'Ray Tracing in One Weekend', but in Go instead of C++.

I also wrote a series of posts chronicling the process on my blog.


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$ ./bin/go-trace -help
Usage of ./bin/go-trace:
  -a value
        camera aperture (default 0.010000)
  -cpus value
        number of CPUs to use (default 8)
  -fov value
        vertical field of view (degrees) (default 75.000000)
  -h value
        height of image (pixels) (default 500)
  -n value
        number of samples per pixel for AA (default 100)
  -o value
        output filename (default out.png)
        show version and exit
  -w value
        width of image (pixels) (default 600)
  -x float
        look from X (default 10)
  -y float
        look from Y (default 4)
  -z float
        look from Z (default 6)


$ make
go build -o bin/go-trace
$ ./bin/go-trace

Rendering 600 x 500 pixel scene with 486 objects:
[4 cpus, 100 samples/pixel, 75.00° fov, 0.01 aperture]

[==========----------------------------------------------------------------------] 12.80%


$ make test


The default output format is PNG and the default filename is out.png.

This can be changed by using the -o flag as described in the help output.

Ex: $ ./bin/go-trace -o output.jpeg

Current supported file extensions:

  • .png
  • .jpg
  • .jpeg