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NVAPI SDK - PUBLIC FOR DRIVER RELEASE 295

New Functions
 NvAPI_Stereo_SetActiveEye
 NvAPI_Stereo_SetDriverMode
 NvAPI_Stereo_SetSurfaceCreationMode
 NvAPI_Stereo_GetSurfaceCreationMode
 NvAPI_D3D1x_CreateSwapChain
 NvAPI_D3D9_CreateSwapChain
New Structures
 firmware struct fields in structNVVIOCAPS
 NVVIOOUTPUTCONFIG_V3
 NVVIOCONFIG_V3

New Enums
 NV_STEREO_ACTIVE_EYE
 NV_STEREO_DRIVER_MODE
 NVAPI_STEREO_SURFACECREATEMODE
 NV_STEREO_SWAPCHAIN_MODE

NVAPIDriverSettings Changes
New additions:
 PS_FRAMERATE_LIMITER_STRING
 PS_FRAMERATE_LIMITER_ID
 enum EValues_PS_FRAMERATE_LIMITER
 VSYNCMODE_FLIPINTERVAL2 added to EValues_VSYNCMODE
 VSYNCMODE_FLIPINTERVAL3 added to EValues_VSYNCMODE
 VSYNCMODE_FLIPINTERVAL4 added to EValues_VSYNCMODE
 SHIM_RENDERING_OPTIONS_ENABLE_NEW_HOOKING added to EValues_SHIM_RENDERING_OPTIONS

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3D-Tech News Around The Web / TechPowerUp GPU-Z v0.5.9
« on: February 13, 2012, 05:11:14 PM »
TechPowerUp GPU-Z v0.5.9

GPU-Z is a lightweight utility designed to give you all information about your video card and GPU.

Revision History
0.5.9

    Added support for AMD Radeon HD 7750 and HD 7770
    Added voltage monitoring for HD 7950 and HD 7970
    Fixed memory size readings for ATI cards with large VRAM
    Improved formula for NVIDIA ASIC Quality reading
    Added explanation text to ASIC quality window
    Fixed bug that caused updater to show up even though no update available, lagging GPU-Z.
    When multi-GPU setup detected, PCIe load test will recommend full screen
    Added board ID to BIOS version readout
    Added option to show sensor reading in GPU-Z title (click the arrow next to the sensor name)
    Refresh sensors in background now defaults to enabled
    Fixed release date for HD 7950
    Added PCI vendor Packard Bell
    Fix for ATI hardware access breaking on Catalyst 12.1
    Added fan RPM monitoring support on some ATI cards
    Added GF108 based GT 520, GTX 555 (non-mobile), GeForce 305M, 610M

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NVIDIA drivers 295.20 for Linux, FreeBSD and Solaris

Added support for the following GPU:
        Tesla X2090
    Fixed a bug that caused black areas to appear on the back faces of some models in Maya.
    Fixed a bug that resulted in the printing of spurious loader error messages.
    Fixed a bug that could cause X to crash after hotplugging displays.
    Fixed a bug which caused face selections to be misrendered in Maya when using the paint selection tool.
    Improved performance for interactive tools in Mudbox.
    Added a "--no-opengl-files" option to nvidia-installer to allow installation of the driver without OpenGL files that might conflict with already installed OpenGL implementations.
    Split the DFP configuration page in nvidia-settings into multiple tabs, allowing the controls to be displayed on smaller screens.
    Fixed a bug that could cause some OpenGL applications (including desktop environments like KDE and GNOME Shell) to hang.
    Fixed a bug that prevented the internal panel from working on some laptops with GeForce 7 series GPUs.
    Fixed an OpenGL bug where using display lists on Fermi-based GPUs could result in missing rendering in some cases.
    Fixed an OpenGL bug that caused incorrect rendering when using framebuffer objects to render to 16-bit color textures with alpha.
    Fixed two bugs that caused sporadic application crashes in some multi-threaded OpenGL applications.
    Fixed a bug that caused creating OpenGL 4.2 contexts with glXCreateContextAttribsARB to fail.
    Fixed a bug that caused OpenGL to print
        Xlib: extension "NV-GLX" missing on display ":0". when used with a non-NVIDIA implementation of the GLX X extension.
    Implemented color depth 30 (10 bits per component) support for GeForce 8 series and higher GPUs.
    Implemented support for constraining cursors to the visible regions of connected displays; see the "ConstrainCursor" X Option in the README for details.

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Certainly, many of you will agree that the addition of GPU PhysX effects to PC games has a positive influence on overall gaming experience and immersion in such titles. But how difficult is to attach hardware accelerated physics effects to a game?

Today, with the help of David Schoemehl, Manager of GPU PhysX Content in NVIDIA, and Johnny Costello, Technical Artist, we will try to give you a brief “behind the scenes” view on the process of enhancing games with extra PhysX content.

Full story at PhysXInfo

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Improving the Compute Performance of Video Processing Software Using AVX (Advanced Vector Extensions) Instructions (by Eli Hernandez and Larry Moore)

Modern x86 CPUs permit instruction level parallelism (e.g. SIMD) on register vectors at most 128-bits. Second Generation Intel® Core™ Processors include the first generation of AVX (256-bit operators), which permits increased parallel processing. This paper outlines a case study in which AVX instructions are used to improve the compute performance of a de-saturation algorithm. The paper also discusses how future integer based AVX instructions might be used to further enhance SIMD optimizations and achieve even greater performance benefits on video processing algorithms.

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3D-Tech News Around The Web / QUALCOMM Adreno SDK 2.3.00
« on: February 09, 2012, 06:48:13 PM »
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Adreno SDK 2.3.00 release notes 11/28/11   
QUALCOMM Incorporated - Advanced Content Group
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1. Added a new texture compression visualization and processing tool (Adreno Texture Compressor).

2. Added support for S3D in emulator, allowing stereoscopic display of 3D applications.

3. Graphical upgrade to SDK browser.

4. Enhanced application framework for sample / demo creation.

5. Added PC2Android console app; allows communication between PC and Android device.

6. All OpenGLES 2.0 samples are cross-platform with Windows and Android.

7. Added audio support into SDK via OpenSLES 1.0.1 (Windows emulation only).

8. Fixed various rendering issues in Adreno Shader demo.

9. Fixed some texture decompression bugs within OpenGLES emulator.
   
10. New installer, fixes issue with running samples or tutorials for the first time on machine.
   
11. Removed GL_QCOM_tiled_rendering extension.



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New in Release 276.52:

    NVIDIA Control Panel Updates
        Display
            Revised the ‘Adjust Desktop Size and Position,’ page to provide improved controls for desktop scaling and resizing.
                Includes a preview window.
                Available for all displays (including VGA and HDMI connections).
                Scaling override option
        Workstation
            Under Windows Vista/Windows 7, the Set up SLI Mosaic page uses the same controls as the Set up Mosaic page.
    Display Support
        Added 10-bit Grayscale through DVI for Windows 7 - enables 10-bit Grayscale through DVI for supported monitors such as proprietary medical displays.
    G-Sync
        Enable Direct3D applications to synchronize back buffer presents across multiple GPU's in one system or multiple systems. Multi-Window and Full-Screen applications are supported. Requires NVIDIA G-Sync II and supported Quadro boards, see http://www.nvidia.com/page/quadrofx_gsync.html for more information.
    ODE Driver
        The R275 drivers are the first ‘Optimal Drivers for Enterprise’, a release dedicated to relatively long term stability for ISV certification, OEMs, and Enterprise customers.
    New APIs
        OpenGL path rendering API – enables high-quality text and 2D rendering with OpenGL applications.
    NVIDIA WMI
        This driver release includes NVIDIA WMI, a Windows service as well as decouple WMI provider that allows WMI clients to query and monitor such GPU parameters as GPU fan speed and GPU temperature.
    Workstation application compatibility fixes. Please read the release notes for more information on product support, feature limitations, driver fixes and known compatibility issues.

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The following new features and optimizations have been added to the 8.911.3.x release:

 Support for FirePro V3900
 DirectX 9 and OGL support for FirePro V7900 SDI
 OpenCL runtime support for Linux
 Support for SLED/SLES 10 Service Pack 4
 Pro/E Wildfire performance improvements

http://www2.ati.com/Drivers/firepro/workstation8.911.3.1.pdf
http://www2.ati.com/Drivers/firepro/FirePro_8.911.3.1_VistaWin7_X32X64_132089.exe
http://www2.ati.com/Drivers/firepro/FirePro_8.911.3.1_XP_X32X64_132090.exe
http://www2.ati.com/Drivers/firepro/mobile/8.911.3.1-120116a-132211C-V732&64.zip

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AMD Radeon™ HD 7900 Series Windows® Vista® Support 

This AMD Catalyst™ driver features support for the AMD Radeon™ HD 7900 Series in Windows® Vista® 32 and 64-bit Edition

Instructions:
Download and install the Driver from the following location:

AMD Catalyst Driver AMD Radeon HD 7900 series

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AMD Radeon™ HD 7900 Series Windows® XP Support

We currently do not officially support Windows® XP on the AMD Radeon™ HD 7900 Series.  An upcoming Catalyst™ release in April 2012 will provide support.

Please note that AMD Crossfire, OpenCL, and AMD Eyefinity will not be supported on the AMD Radeon HD 7900 Series when using Windows XP. New technologies introduced with the new AMD Radeon HD 7900 Series are incompatible with the Windows XP (released 2001) operating system, and will only become fully functional on modern operating systems. Both AMD CrossFireX technologies and OpenCL are support under Windows Vista and Windows 7 for the AMD Radeon HD 7900 Series.

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ReadyMap SDK is a free JavaScript library for embedding 3D maps in a web page. Build 3D maps using ReadyMap's API, or turn your OpenLayers or Leaflet maps into 3D globes by adding just a few lines of code!
Works with your data

ReadyMap works with open web-mapping standards like TMS (Tile Map Service) and WMS (OGC Web Map Service). That means that it works with many popular map servers and, of course, our own ReadyMap Server.
3D for a deeper experience

ReadyMap is unique in that is can display 3D map data as well, so you can plot terrain elevation, extruded features, and more. ReadyMap leverages WebGL technology to render high-performance 3D maps.

Out of curiousity i compared Firefox 10 on Windows to Android version.




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3D-Tech News Around The Web / CPUID HWMonitor 1.19 released
« on: February 07, 2012, 04:55:14 PM »
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HWMonitor

Version history

February 06, 2012

Intel Core i7-3960X, 3930K and 3820 (SandyBridge-E) and X79 chipset.
Intel IvyBridge processors
AMD Opteron Interlagos and Valencia (Bulldozer)
Improved voltages report for lot of new mainboards

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... OpenGL Extensions Viewer
A reliable software which displays useful information about the current OpenGL 3D accelerator.

OpenGL Extensions Viewer is available for Windows 32bit and 64bit and MacOS X, iOS, and now Android.

This program displays the vendor name, the version implemented, the renderer name and the extensions of the current OpenGL 3D accelerator

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3D-Tech News Around The Web / Separable Subsurface Scattering tech demo
« on: February 06, 2012, 05:47:59 PM »
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The day has come
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The main idea behind the new separable SSS approach is that you can get very similar results to the full 12-pass approach ... by just using a regular two-pass setup. It can be done in screen space and is really really fast...

[via]

FYI the 3D model can be downloaded here


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3D-Tech News Around The Web / Re: LuxMark v2.0 released
« on: February 03, 2012, 08:41:00 PM »
I can't test in #Encog OpenCL Benchmark Utility# because I got error: local ratio cannot be greater than 1 despite default setting.

I forgot they hard coded that bench for their country settings  ::)

In Germany we use a decimal comma instead of a decimal point.
So i need to replace 1.0 with 1 or 1,0

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OpenCL™: The Future of Accelerated Application Performance Is Now

OpenCL™, or Open Computing Language, is the first open programming standard OpenCLfor writing software for general-purpose computing across both CPUs and GPUs.

Changing the Game
The ability to perform compute-intensive tasks in parallel, using virtually any multicore processor, opens the door for performance and functionality improvements on an unprecedented scale. If you're working with processingintensive applications in CAD, CAM, CAE, science, DCC or M&E, get ready for OpenCL to change the way you work.

GPUs: Not Just for Graphics Anymore
OpenCL provides an open, uniform programming environment that enables the processing technique known as GPGPU, or general purpose computing on graphics processing units. GPGPU makes it possible to offload certain processingintensive tasks to the GPU, rather than relying on the CPU to do them.

Download PDF Now >>

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3D-Tech News Around The Web / MSI Afterburner 2.2.0 Beta 12 (2012-02-02)
« on: February 03, 2012, 04:25:10 PM »
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Hi guys, today we have another update of MSI Afterburner 2.2.0 beta 12, do you guys find the Beta 11 already support HD 7950? If not, you can also use the Beta 12 to support HD 7950! There is another new GPU (5500+2270? lol) is supported by Afterburner 2.2.0 Beta 11/12, try to run it with Afterburner!

Changes list includes:

- Memory clock limit has been extended to 180% on AMD RADEON 79x0 graphics cards in unofficial overclocking mode
- Added low-level clock frequencies monitoring for AMD RADEON 79x0 graphics cards
- Added PowerTune adjustment slider for AMD HD 6xxx and 7xxx series graphics cards
- Improved overclocking profiles format provides compatibility with future graphics cards. Please take a note that existing overclocking profiles (startup overclocking profile and profile slots) will be ignored and must be recreated in new version
- MSI On-Screen Display server has been upgraded to v4.3.2. New version gives the following improvements:
o Added gamma corrected video capture support
o Framerate limit ratio for video capture in no longer controlled via the server's profiles. Now it can be adjusted directly into MSI Afterburner's video capture properties
o Added Direct3D9Ex support (DOTA 2 and Darkness 2 demo)
o Improved desktop windows notification mechanism eliminates unwanted beeps occurring on some systems during the server startup / shutdown
o Output video dimensions are now cropped to be multiple of 16 to improve compatibility with some third party MJPG decoders
o Improved OpenGL On-Screen Display coordinates calculation for framebuffer coordinate space mode
o Now "Enable compatibility with modified Direct3D runtime libraries" option is compatible with Direct3D9 game engines using double FPU precision (MassEffect series)

download link

[via]

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3D-Tech News Around The Web / Re: LuxMark v2.0 released
« on: February 03, 2012, 04:19:50 PM »
@JeGX and guys:

ALERT! due to OpenCL 1.1 driver issue for nvidia card

Here are some lesser known OpenCL benchmarks if you like to double-check

http://www.heatonresearch.com/opencl
http://www.bealto.com/mp-mandelbrot.html

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AMD family 15h-class CPUs use a new micro-architecture that, under specific circumstances,
leads to different performance characteristics compared to previous processor generations.
This white paper describes the nature of instruction-cache cross-invalidations, symptoms and
detection methods, as well as a number of provisions to
ensure optimal performance in this micro-architecture.

AMD family 15h CPUs feature a compute unit architecture
that unites two separate integer-execution units (called
cores) with one wide floating-point unit (FPU) and a shared
decoding front end. This shared front end includes the
level-1 instruction cache (L1 ICache), in contrast to the L1
data cache, which is replicated per integer unit. By design,
the L1 ICache does not allow physical aliases, that is, the
same physical line cannot appear twice. If a second cache
line with the same physical address is about to be stored
in the cache array, the first one will be invalidated and thus
removed from the cache. Under the following conditions,
this leads to an increased number of cache misses, which
decreases the overall performance.

Download whitepaper

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Epic Games, Inc. has released the January 2012 Unreal Development Kit Beta, the latest version of the free edition of Unreal Engine 3 that provides access to the award-winning 3D game engine and toolset used in blockbuster video game development, architectural visualization, mobile game development, 3D rendering, digital films and more. The latest UDK beta is available now at www.udk.com/download.

Unreal Engine Showcase: Chivalry: Medieval Warfare

Developed by Torn Banner Studios using UDK, Chivalry: Medieval Warfare is a multiplayer melee combat game that was recently named a top pick in IndieDB’s "Best Upcoming Game” category in its Indie of the Year competition. The studio’s president, Steve Piggott, explained how UDK allows his team to stay on the cutting edge of visual technology thanks to regular updates. “Instead of developing a game with an engine for two years and then releasing it with two-year-old technology, developers have the opportunity to launch with the latest version and keep updating it even after release. That's a really powerful thing.” Read more.

We have showcases of some of the most outstanding video game, architectural visualization, and mobile apps using UDK at www.udk.com/showcase and www.unrealengine.com/showcase.  Also be sure to check out the Works in Progress and the Released Projects forums.

January UDK Beta Upgrade Notes
Simplygon Mesh Proxy Tool

    New Simplygon Merge Tool for combining static meshes

        Grouped static meshes can be combined into a single static mesh
        This can greatly improve rendering performance
        Materials/textures are automatically collapsed and new UVs are generated
        This tool is fully "non-destructive" - you can modify meshes and remerge, and roll back changes if needed
        Documentation can be found here

Unreal Landscape

        Holes of any shape can be cut into the landscape, allowing designers to create entrances to caverns and other features under the landscape
        The visibility tool can remove or replace individual quads at the highest LOD resolution, with collision added or removed accordingly
        Holes are rendered per-pixel, independently of LOD, so distant holes retain their shape
    Added the ability to save foliage settings to packages and to share them between levels
    Added tool to change component size for existing landscapes
    Hide unused landscape UI when no landscapes are available

Pivot Painter

    A new 3ds Max tool that automatically generates pivot points for mesh vertices, allowing for advanced foliage animation and other effects

        Documentation can be found here

iOS Rendering

    Added support for color grading

    Documentation can be found here

Unreal Editor

    Added a "Reconnect" button to the "Checkout packages" dialog
        The function is disabled when a valid connection is established
        Upon reconnect, the login screen will appear if the connection failed
        Once the connection is restored, the "Checkout" dialog is reloaded
    Altered behavior of the "Convert to Static Mesh" operation
        It not only builds a model from the selected static brushes
        It also builds dynamic brushes (which includes volumes) and builds from the builder brush (if selected)
        It treats these as if they were like additive BSP brushes
    The autosave time is now simply paused during PIE instead of reset
    The editor is now more responsive during lighting builds
    Added a context menu option when selecting multiple actors for assigning the material selected from the content browser
    Auto content saving is now enabled by default for new users and 'content packages to save' can now be specified in the ini
    Lens flare visualizations will now appear when a lens flare actor is created and will update if any visualization properties are changed on the template lens flare
    Made the color picker dialog not modal when changing preview background color for textures
    Unreal Matinee slow-mo tracks will no longer effect viewports in other sub-editor windows (such as Unreal Cascade)
    Made the wireframe rendering in orthographic viewports consistent in both DX9 and DX11
    New packages in Unreal Content Browser are now removed from the “New Packages” collection once they've been saved
    Fixed the “Touch Input Kismet” event in Unreal Kismet so that it sends the proper X and Y values
    When in Kismet’s hit-testing mode, the Kismet block nubs are drawn bigger to make them easier to select without taking up more screen space visually
    Enabled the “Paste Here” right-click menu option for nodes in the Material Editor

Misc

    Added support for importing multiple animations from a single FBX file: http://udn.epicgames.com/Three/FBXAnimationPipeline.html
    Added new option to ignore missing bones when importing
    Fixed FBX issues with morph curves and animation ranges

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3D-Tech News Around The Web / NVIDIA Geforce/Verde driver 295.51
« on: January 31, 2012, 05:27:36 PM »
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This is the first beta release from the R295 family of drivers.
For more information, read the 295.51 driver article on GeForce.com.

This driver package supports GeForce 6, 7, 8, 9, 100, 200, 300, 400, and 500-series desktop GPUs as well as ION desktop GPUs.

New in 295.51

NVIDIA SLI

    Adds or updates SLI profiles for :
        7554
        Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning
        Mass Effect 3
        Oil Rush
        Red Faction: Armageddon

3D Vision

    Adds support for 3D Vision windowed mode on DLP HDTVs and on Optimized for GeForce passive 3D monitors
    Adds or updates 3D Vision profiles for:
        The Adventures of Tintin – rated Good
        Afterfall: Insanity – rated Fair
        Black Prophecy – rated Not Recommended
        Chaos Online – rated Fair
        Da Vinci Online – rated Fair
        DotA 2 – rating upgraded to Fair
        Dungeon and Dragons: Daggerdale – rated Fair
        Ferrari Project – rated Not Recommended
        The First Templar – rated Fair
        Fractal – rated Excellent
        FreeStyle 2 – rated Good
        The Haunted Halls Reach – rated Excellent
        King Arthur II – rated Not Recommended
        Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning – rated Fair
        Kong Fu Ying Xiong – rated Fair
        Love Beat – rated Good
        Marvel Super Hero Squad Online – rated Good
        Microsoft Flight – rated Fair
        Perpetuum – rated Fair
        Post Apocalyptic Mayhem – rated Fair
        Prototype 2 – rated Fair
        Q.U.B.E. – rated Excellent
        Quan Qiu Shi Ming – rated Excellent
        rFactor 2 (mod mode) – rated Good
        Saints Row: The Third – Rated Not Recommended
        Shadow Company: Left for Dead – rated Not Recommended
        Special Force – Rated Good
        Tera – rated Good
        Top Gun: Hard Lock – rated Not Recommended
        Tropico 4 – rated Good
        Worms Blast – rated Good

NVIDIA PhysX

    Updates PhysX System Software to 9.11.1111

HD Audio

    Updates HD Audio to version 1.3.12.0

Key Bug Fixes and Enhancements

    Fixes instances where the GeForce GTX 590 fan unnecessarily increased to 100%.
    Fixes instances of driver timeouts while simultaneously watching multiple videos.
    Adds edit/delete option for custom resolutions.

Other Details

    Supports multiple languages and APIs for GPU computing: CUDA C, CUDA C++, CUDA Fortran, OpenCL, DirectCompute, and Microsoft C++ AMP.
    Supports single GPU and NVIDIA SLI technology on DirectX 9, DirectX 10, DirectX 11, and OpenGL, including 3-way SLI, Quad SLI, and SLI support on SLI-certified Intel and AMD motherboards.


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