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Transforming the ray position and direction by the inverse model transformation is correct. However, many ray-intersection routines assume that the ray direction is a unit vector. If the model transformation involves scaling, the ray direction won't be a unit vector afterward, and should likely be renormalized. However, the distance along the ray returned ...


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OpenGL 1.x's built-in matrix operations are notoriously slow, and may even cause pipeline flushes in some cases. To gain performance, translate your gl matrix operations to client-side code (there are several solutions, http://glm.g-truc.net/0.9.5/index.html and http://cmldev.net/ being popular ones). If you already have a lot of code, you can easily write ...


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When measuring performance, use frame times, rather than FPS. In your case: 1000 ms / 80 FPS => 12.5 msec/frame 1000 ms / 100 FPS => 10.0 msec/frame These are very even FPS numbers, which makes me suspect that they are tied to the display vsync. Have you tried disabling vsync (with a call like eglSwapInterval, or setting the Direct3D swap interval? ...


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See this video to understand the concepts of model, view and projection. 4x4 matrices are not just used for translating a 3D object. But also for various other purposes. See this to understand how the vertices in the world are represented as 4D Matrices and how they are transformed.



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