Hi everyone, my name is Dean Jones and I am currently enrolled at ArtFx Montpellier. I have a strong interest in rendering and would love to contribute back to what got me started in the industry. I’m hoping to open a discussion around implementing a Light Linker and/or Light Mixer. I have experience in C++ and a little in Python. I have mostly experience with realtime programming but have dived into path-tracing and plan on studying light management along with the Blender codebase more deeply before the summer begins.
As written in the title, I am hoping to implement a Light Linker into Blender. However, from what I could find, I see that there is talk of the feature already under development. Although I couldn’t find much on it, if anyone could point me to more documentation about the development then that would be awesome. For this reason I am hesitant to propose a project that is already under development but any comments will be greatly welcomed.
As it may be more complicated to join onto an already existing project I have a secondary proposal: an integrated Light Mixer, much like the newest implementation in Arnold 6.2. This would be an awesome feature I believe, perhaps a little out of my scope for the moment. Regardless I am confident that with the necessary preparation before the GSoC begins that I could reach the required technical level to tackle the project along with the appropriate mentors.
I am also concerned that there may be the case that Blender’s architecture may not support these features - hence the light linker taking quite long. Granted if the developers are taking time to implement these features, that may imply the features would be quite far out of my scope.
I understand that perhaps this is the wrong Topic to speak about this but I would also have an interest in implementing bloom into cycles. Is this a topic worth opening?
Regardless I am very passionate about Blender and these proposed features. I would love to know what others think about this and if there are any other comments then that would be greatly appreciated!
Best regards everyone