Crytek's HPG 2010 presentation is available at http://www.crytek.com/fileadmin/user_upload/inside/presentations/2010_HPG_Keynotes/Notes.ppt According to the slides, Crytek is already using sparse voxel octree in the game asset pipeline. Because they are Crytek, they are also researching a variation on SVO, called the sparse surfel octree (I vaguely remember surfels from Michael Bunnell's point based ambient occlusion and indirect lighting technique in GPU Gems 2). I wonder what that is going to look like.
There are a few slides on server side rendering, which could "drastically change the direction" of the real-time rendering pipeline.
Other interesting tidbits:
- a configurable hardware scheduler which could make raytracing much faster
- Larrabee 2 still in the race for next-gen consoles?
- DX11 Compute Shaders suck
- Perception-driven graphics are the key to more efficient use of rendering resources (this is a very interesting future direction)