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The February UDK update is here!

In this new release of UDK, the free edition of Unreal Engine 3, developers will benefit from enhancements specific to mobile development, including iOS 7 and Xcode 5 support, shader upgrades, as well as the addition of distortion.

Optimizations to the Unreal Editor, tools, post-process features and Mac packager also ship in this build.

Click here download the latest release.

We can’t wait to see what developers make next with Unreal Engine technology.

Note: Build notes are available here.

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Feature Highlights of The AMD Catalyst™ 14.3 Beta V1.0 Driver for Windows®

        Thief:
            AMD Mantle and AMD True Audio support
            Improves stuttering observed in CrossFire mode
        Call of Duty: Ghosts:   QUAD CrossFire profile update – improves level load times
        Audio issues observed when using CrossFire configurations (and V-sync enabled) have been resolved
        BattleField 4:  V-sync issues observed on CrossFire configurations (with Mantle enabled) have been resolved


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3D-Tech News Around The Web / HWiNFO32 & HWiNFO64 v4.36 released
« on: March 18, 2014, 04:59:02 PM »
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Changes in HWiNFO32 & HWiNFO64 v4.36 - Released on: Mar-18-2014:

    Added caching of GPU I2C devices to speed-up the scan process.
    Added support of more NVIDIA GM107 and GM108 models.
    Added reporting in summary whether VT-x/AMD-V is enabled in BIOS.
    Fixed support of DDR4 SDRAM.
    Summary page redesign. Per-core clocks are now in a separate window, which allows more cores to be displayed.
    Added NVIDIA GeForce GTX 745.
    Added support of AMD Carrizo.
    Added patch for buggy OpenCL drivers causing crash during init.
    Added reporting whether system has booted in UEFI mode.
    Improved CPU sensor addressing on Sandy Bridge and later systems with multiple CPU sockets.

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Porting OpenGL* Games to Android* on Intel® Atom™ Processors (part 1 of 2)
OpenGL expert Clay D. Montgomery takes you deep inside support for OpenGL ES on Android* devices, including tablets with Intel Inside®. He helps you decide whether to use the Android SDK or NDK when porting existing 3D PC games and applications to Android, and he explores the Java* Native Interface, which allows you to combine Java and C/C++ components.

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3D-Tech News Around The Web / Python 3.4.0 released
« on: March 18, 2014, 01:14:45 AM »
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Python 3.4 includes a range of improvements of the 3.x series, including hundreds of small improvements and bug fixes. Major new features and changes in the 3.4 release series include:

    PEP 428, a "pathlib" module providing object-oriented filesystem paths
    PEP 435, a standardized "enum" module
    PEP 436, a build enhancement that will help generate introspection information for builtins
    PEP 442, improved semantics for object finalization
    PEP 443, adding single-dispatch generic functions to the standard library
    PEP 445, a new C API for implementing custom memory allocators
    PEP 446, changing file descriptors to not be inherited by default in subprocesses
    PEP 450, a new "statistics" module
    PEP 451, standardizing module metadata for Python's module import system
    PEP 453, a bundled installer for the *pip* package manager
    PEP 454, a new "tracemalloc" module for tracing Python memory allocations
    PEP 456, a new hash algorithm for Python strings and binary data
    PEP 3154, a new and improved protocol for pickled objects
    PEP 3156, a new "asyncio" module, a new framework for asynchronous I/O

The full "What's New" document lists all major changes.
 

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The Khronos Group has announced the immediate release of the OpenGL ES 3.1 specification, bringing significant functionality enhancements to the industry-leading, royalty-free 3D graphics API that is used on nearly all of the world’s mobile devices. OpenGL ES 3.1 will provide the most desired features of desktop OpenGL 4.4 in a form suitable for mobile devices.

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XP32 / XP64 only - probably NVIDIA forgot the same security fix as they did last time

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This 335.28 Game Ready Certified driver ensures you’ll have the best possible gaming experience for Titanfall.

    Performance
        Enhanced GPU clock offset options for GeForce GTX 750Ti / GTX 750
    SLI Technology
        Diablo III – updated DX9 profile
        Bound by Flame – updated profile
        DOTA 2 – updated profile
        Need for Speed Rivals – updated DX11 profile
        Watch Dogs – updated profile



P.S: GpuCapsViewer reports false video RAM size under XP32
(only in the GUI, in database it appears correct)

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3D-Tech News Around The Web / NVIDIA Gameworks download center
« on: March 15, 2014, 01:25:54 PM »
NVIDIA overhauled their developer website, everything not CUDA SDK related is now available here:
https://developer.nvidia.com/gameworksdownload

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The sample demonstrates shallow water solver implemented with the OpenCL™ technology. The Shallow Water sample relies on flux splitting method for solving the approximated Navier-Stokes equations. The algorithm operates on 2D maps of velocity and height, calculates updated maps for the next time step. The updated maps are rendered with pixel and vertex shaders (Microsoft DirectX* 10).

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CUDA 6 introduces Unified Memory, which dramatically simplifies memory management for GPU computing. Now you can focus on writing parallel kernels when porting code to the GPU, and memory management becomes an optimization.

The CUDA 6 Release Candidate is now publicly available. In today’s CUDACast, I will show you some simple examples showing how easy it is to accelerate code on the GPU using Unified Memory in CUDA 6, and how powerful Unified Memory is for sharing C++ data structures between host and device code.

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3D-Tech News Around The Web / AMD releases Chrome browser with WebCL
« on: March 15, 2014, 08:38:49 AM »
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Chrome web Browser with WebCL™ now Available for Download
WebCL™ 1.0, soon to be published by the Khronos group, is a JavaScript API providing access to OpenCL™ acceleration, a sibling to the now quite popular WebGL™ API. AMD has been working on implementing WebCL™ inside a Chrome browser, enabling web programmer access to compute acceleration, including interop between WebCL™ and WebGL™.

It seems to be incompatible with NOKIA's WebCL?

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3D-Tech News Around The Web / ASUS GPUTweak 2.5.7
« on: March 15, 2014, 08:24:49 AM »
ASUS GPUTweak 2.5.7 for WinXP32/64, Win7 32/64, Win8 32/64, Win8.1 32/64

No changelog available, but it contains ROMs for unreleased GPUs.
"LN2" = liquid nitrogen or marketing goof?

AMD_LN2_P.rom - ASUS_MATRIXR9290X_DC2T_4GD5_2DIS_LN2
NV_LN2.rom - MATRIX-GTX780TI-3GD5


edit: here is a PR that explains it
Meet Your Matrix! (Pick: R9 290X or GTX 780 Ti)
"LN2 Mode / STD Mode Jumper Switch: Unleash the maximum GPU power."

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I verified with our software team and indeed CSAA has been removed from Maxwell GPUs. Any mixed GPU systems that have both a Maxwell and an older NVIDIA GPU (i.e. Kepler) will also not display CSAA modes.

Source: NVIDIA forum

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3D-Tech News Around The Web / Blender - Fibonacci fractal
« on: March 14, 2014, 07:48:50 PM »
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It’s fractal time again! Reynante M. Martinez shared this Fibonacci fractal and also offers the .blend file for download.

Reynante writes:

    I was just able to finish this piece that’s been lurking in my space for quite awhile now. During the past weekend (can’t remember which one), I had the pleasure of creating a procedurally- inspired (sort of) Blender piece, with great influence from nature and mathematics.

    Attached here is the result of that experiment.

    The .blend file is also available, giving the community a chance to tinker with it as well and would love to see what they can come up with using the technique illustrated in the file.

    Fibonacci .blend and Hi-res image download

FYI: This formula is also "used" by the Romanesco broccoli (sic!)


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OTOY’s acclaimed OctaneRender™ software now free for students

Technology used by the world’s best professional artists, animators,
and designers now available at no cost to emerging talents

LOS ANGELES, Calif. – March 5, 2014 – Cloud graphics pioneer, OTOY Inc., today announced that its renowned 3D rendering software, OctaneRender™, along with OctaneRender™ plugins for Blender™ and Autodesk’s 3ds MAX® and shortly, Maya®, are now free for students. The move puts the same cutting-edge software that’s used by hundreds of thousands of professional artists, animators, and designers, in the hands of today’s up-and-coming talents at no cost if purchased using a .edu email address.

Don't know if .edu email addresses are used outside the USA

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3D-Tech News Around The Web / Intel HD Graphics Driver 15.33.0.3496
« on: March 14, 2014, 06:03:05 PM »
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Version: 15.33.0.3496
Date: 03/12/2014

This beta graphics driver provides support for two games: "TITANFALL" and "Thief". Do not update to this driver if you do not plan to play either of of these games.

Purpose:
This Beta graphics driver is specifically intended to test compatibility with "TITANFALL" and "Thief" games.

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Engineering a Static Verification Tool for GPU Kernels

GPUVerify is a tool for verifying race- and divergence-freedom of OpenCL and CUDA kernels.
... we evaluate our optimisations over a set of 564 GPU kernels. For reproducibility, we give binaries and code for our toolchain and experimental evaluation.

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3D-Tech News Around The Web / (Android) YEBIS OpenGL ES 3.0 Tech Demo
« on: March 13, 2014, 06:26:32 PM »
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This is a technical demo previewing the capabilities of YEBIS 2 in OpenGL ES 3.0 (Android 4.3 and later).
YEBIS 2 is a post process library that enhances the realism and the beauty of rendered images in real-time.
Our previously released MOBILE GPUMARK application used only the OpenGL ES 2.0 feature set. With the new features provided in OpenGL ES 3.0, we can now deliver a higher level of detail and realism that was not possible with OpenGL ES 2.0.
The level of quality we once could only achieve on desktop machines can now be realized on Mobile devices. Try it and get a feel of the most cutting edge graphics on smartphones.
For more information about YEBIS 2, please check out our website: http://www.siliconstudio.co.jp/middleware/yebis/

Note: Please check our end-user license agreement before using this application http://www.siliconstudio.co.jp/contents/yebis-opengl-es3.0-techdemo/eula/and_notice_en_2014.html

Note: This application has not yet been tested on all available GLES 3.0 devices. If you encounter any problems with it, we would appreciate your feedback via email.


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What I am about to present here, may be one of the most important features in unbiased rendering ever. :-) Not kidding, probably.

This feature enters in the field of cheating, but the negative impact in the quality and purity of the render is often 0, while the benefit of removing fireflies entirely is probably the long lasting dream of every unbiased render engine user.

In most practical uses, the following is true:

With this feature, you can get rid of most (often ALL) of the fireflies in your render without (generally) affecting the render or losing visual components.

read on...

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