For those familiar with smallpt, the ray tracer in 99 lines: I am checking the code, and there is something that is not clear to me in the DIFFUSE ray scattering.
After the rays are shot, they keep bouncing until the if-statement with the Russian Roulette stops them.
if (++depth>5) if (erand48(Xi)<p) f=f*(1/p); else return obj.e;
This means that, when rays are scattered and hit the light source, they don't actually stop there (which is what I thought at first: rays bounce until they hit the light source, or until they reach a specific amount of bounces). Am I missing something?