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An elegant (imo) rendering engine written in Rust.

Keikan is a multithreaded photorealistic rendering engine that supports path-tracing, ray-marching, Photo Based Rendering (through a principled implementation), and more.

I've tried my hand a few toy path-tracers and ray-marchers in the past, and I wanted to write something more than just a toy. Having just stumbled upon Rust, I decided to try my hand at it by implementing a rendering engine from scratch.

This project was originally inspired by Ray Tracing in One Weekend, but after I knocked out the core engine, I've pulled from a number of different sources and my own experience to develop it further.


Here's a recent render of a ray-marched Mandelbulb (a type of fractal):

A Mandelbulb fractal

Rendered in a little over 2 minutes on a potato.

There are some images bundles in this repository under the keikan/renders/ folder, ordered chronologically. Go check them out!

Design Goals

Keikan is able to render a large variety of objects, including fractals to near-infinite precision, due to its support of both path-tracing and ray-marching.

Ray-marching is rendering through the use of a signed distance field. I personally got interested in computer graphics through writing ray-marching renderer, so I decided that if I wrote another rendering engine, I'd have include ray-marching as a technique.

Getting Started

To render a small demo, clone this repository and run Keikan:

git clone
cd keikan
cargo run --release -- ~/Desktop/demo.png  # where to save the image

You should see some output right away. Keikan will spawn as many threads as detected CPU cores, so it should be pretty relatively fast (for non-GPU-based rendering code, haha).

I'd like to use GPU features, as I've made some ray marchers in GLSL, but it seems like Rust doesn't have standardized GPU support. If you know how to run Rust on the GPU, open an issue so we can discuss it further!

Why (the Name) Keikan?

It's Japanese for policeman.

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