Direct3D 11 Tessellation


The new hardware tessellation feature available on Direct3D 11 video cards has great potential, but using it effectively currently requires understanding higher-order surfaces as well as a myriad of performance implications. In addition to the Windows DirectX Graphics documentation, here are a number of resources for learning more about using Direct3D 11 Tessellation:

Gamefest 2008Direct3D 11 Tessellation
MS Downloads

Gamefest 2008 Advanced Topics in GPU Tessellation (AMD/ATI)
MS Downloads

Gamefest 2008Water-Tight, Textured, Displaced Subdivision Surface Tessellation Using Direct3D 11 (NVIDIA)
MS Downloads

Game Developer Conference 2009Direct3D11 Tessellation Deep Dive
MS Downloads

Gamefest 2010 Think DirectX 11 Tessellation! – What Are Your Options?
MS Downloads

The following samples:
DetailTessellation11, PNTriangles11, SimpleBezier11, and SubD11

NVIDIA and AMD also did a number of presentations at Game Developers Conference, including the following talks on Direct3D 11 Tessellation:

GDC 2010 – Enriching Details using Direct3D 11 Tesselation (NVIDIA)
NVIDIA Developer Website | AMD Developer Website

GDC 2010 – Tessellation Performance (AMD/NVIDIA)
NVIDIA Developer Website | AMD Developer Website

GDC 2010 – Direct3D 11 Tutorial: Tessellation (AMD) 
AMD Developer Website

GDC 2009 D3D11 Tessellation (NVIDIA)
NVIDIA Developer Website | AMD Developer Website

GDC 2009Authoring for Real-Time Tessellation and Displacement Mapping (AMD)
AMD Developer Website

Related: Getting Started with Direct3D 11

Comments (4)

  1. need the direct3d 11 application download for my new amd athalon system

  2. What do you mean by "Direct3D 11 Application Download"? Do you mean the DirectX SDK (for developers writing Direct3D software)? Do you mean the "DirectX End-User Runtime" for installing the extra helper DLLs used by many games (D3DX, etc.)?

    The answer is also heavily dependant on what operating system you have installed…

  3. michael moyer says:

    still can't find direct3d 11 application download

  4. @Michael – which download exactly are you looking for?

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