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3D-Tech News Around The Web / NVIDIA Top Secret package
« on: March 19, 2011, 04:36:42 AM »
PCGH received a "Top Secret package" from NVIDIA.
It shouldn't be too hard to guess the content   ;D


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3D-Tech News Around The Web / AMD - Farewell to DirectX?
« on: March 17, 2011, 05:41:27 AM »
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there are many definite pros to using a standard 3D API. It's likely that your game will run on a wide range of hardware, and you'll get easy access to the latest shader technologies without having to muck around with scary low-level code. However, the performance overhead of DirectX, particularly on the PC architecture, is apparently becoming a frustrating concern for games developers speaking to AMD.
...
it looks as though DirectX's future as the primary gateway to PC graphics hardware is no longer 100 per cent assured, especially when it comes to cutting edge graphics.

Full story at bit-tech

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3D-Tech News Around The Web / Microsoft Internet Explorer 9 released
« on: March 15, 2011, 10:12:14 PM »
Get it from IE9 homepage.

Internet Explorer 9 Product Guide
outlines new features in Internet Explorer 9.

AMD and NVIDIA are excited about GPU acceleration.

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Geometric Post-process Anti-Aliasing (GPAA)

Recently a number of techniques have been introduced for doing antialiasing as a post-processing step, such as MLAA and just recently SRAA. MLAA attempts to figure out the underlying geometric properties by analyzing the pixel colors in the final image. This can be complemented with depth buffer information such as in Jimenez's MLAA. SRAA uses super-resolution buffers to figure out the geometry. This demo shows a different approach which instead of trying to figure out the geometry instead passes down the actual geometry information and uses that to very accurately smooth geometric edges.

[via]

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3D-Tech News Around The Web / AMD Catalyst 8.83 EDG Direct
« on: March 12, 2011, 02:32:07 PM »
Runtimes are newer than 11.2 WHQL, but older than 11.4 preview.

Downloads:
XP
7/Vista

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;----------1102241639-8.83-110218a-114078C-EDG Direct
DriverVer=02/18/2011, 8.830.0.0000
"AMD Radeon HD 6250 Graphics" = ati2mtag_Wrestler, PCI\VEN_1002&DEV_9804
"AMD Radeon HD 6250 Graphics " = ati2mtag_Wrestler, PCI\VEN_1002&DEV_9805
"AMD Radeon HD 6310 Graphics" = ati2mtag_Wrestler, PCI\VEN_1002&DEV_9802
"AMD Radeon HD 6310 Graphics " = ati2mtag_Wrestler, PCI\VEN_1002&DEV_9803
"ATI Mobility Radeon HD 2400" = ati2mtag_M72, PCI\VEN_1002&DEV_94C9
"ATI Mobility Radeon HD 4200 Series" = ati2mtag_RS880M, PCI\VEN_1002&DEV_9712
"ATI RADEON E2400" = ati2mtag_M72, PCI\VEN_1002&DEV_94CB
"ATI RADEON E4690" = ati2mtag_M9x, PCI\VEN_1002&DEV_9491
"ATI Radeon HD 3200 Graphics" = ati2mtag_RS780M, PCI\VEN_1002&DEV_9612
"ATI Radeon HD 3200 Graphics " = ati2mtag_RS780, PCI\VEN_1002&DEV_9615
"ATI Radeon HD 5700 Series" = ati2mtag_Evergreen, PCI\VEN_1002&DEV_68B8

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3D-Tech News Around The Web / OpenCL Studio 1.0 has been released
« on: March 12, 2011, 05:42:33 AM »
Quote from: www.opengl.org
OpenCL Studio 1.0 has been released!

OpenCL Studio combines OpenCL and OpenGL into a single integrated development environment for high performance computing. The feature rich editor, interactive scripting language and extensible plug-in architecture support the rapid development of complex parallel algorithms and accompanying visualization. The first production version of OpenCL Studio including instructional videos and demo applications are available at www.opencldev.com

For some reason it's very unstable on my ATI rig, it knocked out even gdebugger. I'll check with my NVIDIA rig later.


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This fourth article in a series on portable multithreaded programming using OpenCL™ will discuss the OpenCL™ runtime and demonstrate how to perform concurrent computations among the work queues of heterogeneous devices.

It is important that OpenCL developers understand the thinking behind the OpenCL runtime model that allows developers to create application binaries that can automatically adjust – without recompilation - to run efficiently on a wide variety of hardware configurations. In short, programmers can use OpenCL command queue execution and events to specify runtime dependencies between arbitrary queued commands – effectively defining the links in a dependency graph that can be optimized by the runtime to best use the available hardware configuration and resources.

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3D-Tech News Around The Web / Sapphire Trixx 3.06 Beta
« on: March 10, 2011, 10:35:21 PM »
Download here


Build from March, 7th with HD 6990 support.
Works fine with HP notebook except from BIOS recognition.
Optionally you can install a sidebar gadget.


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3D-Tech News Around The Web / NVIDIA FXAA
« on: March 10, 2011, 10:14:48 PM »
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NVIDIA FXAA

The first version of FXAA, the pixel shader based anti-aliasing method I developed at NVIDIA, is out in the wild.

Can see a screen shot comparison of FXAA on slide 48 of Johan Andersson's DirectX 11 Rendering in Battlefield 3 GDC presentation. There will also be a DX11 SDK sample released soon on the NVIDIA developer page. Game developers who want to check out a mixed DX9/DX11/OpenGL sample pack (includes source and white paper) can email me directly.

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Symbolic Differentiation in GPU Shaders

Brian Guenter, John Rapp, and Mark Finch
March 2011

Derivatives arise frequently in graphics and scientific computation applications. As GPU's become more widely used for scientific computation the need for derivatives can be expected to increase. To meet this need we have added symbolic differentiation as a built in language feature in the HLSL shading language. The symbolic derivative is computed at compile time so it is available in all types of shaders (geometry, pixel, vertex, etc.). The algorithm for computing the symbolic derivative is simple and has reasonable compilation and run time overhead.

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3D-Tech News Around The Web / AMD Catalyst 11.4 preview
« on: March 08, 2011, 07:05:45 PM »
Changelog here
Direct download here

Supports all contemporary desktop GPUs.

EDIT:
comes with APP2.4 beta, which exposes a 14th OpenCL extension in CPU mode.





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Fractal Lab is a WebGL based fractal explorer allowing you to explore 2D and 2D fractal. The fractals are rendered using the OpenGL Shading Language (GLSL) to enable real-time interactivity.


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3D-Tech News Around The Web / NVIDIA INSPECTOR Version 1.9.5.5 update
« on: March 04, 2011, 05:54:24 PM »
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Version 1.9.5.5:

- fixed: running MDPS wont be recovered when using webupdater
  (this fix applies with the next webupdate first)
- fixed: modified profiles were not updated on create/delete profile and reset value
- added rescan of modified profiles after importing profiles
- reset profile now works on user created profiles too
- decreased monitoring border width
- further improved scan speed for modified profiles
- massive scan speed improvement for unknown settings
- removed scan progress dialogs
- automatic scan for unknown settings and modified profiles on startup
- changed the "scan for unknown settings" button behavior to just toggle the display of unknown settings
  (unknown values will still be listed in value selection even if unknown settings display is not activated)
- possible fix: application crash on profile settings start occured on a few systems

- HOTFIX: some modified profiles were not found


Version 1.9.5.4:

- added quick selection for modified profiles (dropdown on home button)
- added scan progress dialog for user initiated scans
- improved scan speed for modified profiles
- improved storing speed for profile settings
- reduced flickering of profile settings list
- several small fixes


Version 1.9.5.3:

- fixed: p0/p8 capable cards were not detected from MDPS in some cases
- fixed: max values were not resetted on "reset all monitors"
- added "home" button to profile settings to get back to global profile fast
- added "hide to tray" command to monitoring menu
- added legacy process detection mode to MDPS to extend compatibility to older drivers and Win XP
  ("add from gpu process" will be disabled in this case)
- improved general stability for MDPS


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GroundWiz RTS Demo and Benchmark tool.

This application showcases GroundWiz RTS (Real-Time Shaders) technology. At minimum, DirectX 9 compatible graphics cards are required. If DirectX 11 is available, terrain rendering will also use displacement, tessellation and higher detail ground surface.

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CUDA Toolkit 4.0 RC (March 2011)

Release Highlights

Easier Application Porting

    * Share GPUs across multiple threads
    * Use all GPUs in the system concurrently from a single host thread
    * No-copy pinning of system memory, a faster alternative to cudaMallocHost()
    * C++ new/delete and support for virtual functions
    * Support for inline PTX assembly
    * Thrust library of templated performance primitives such as sort, reduce, etc.
    * NVIDIA Performance Primitives (NPP) library for image/video processing
    * Layered Textures for working with same size/format textures at larger sizes and higher performance

Faster Multi-GPU Programming

    * Unified Virtual Addressing
    * GPUDirect v2.0 support for Peer-to-Peer Communication

New & Improved Developer Tools

    * Automated Performance Analysis in Visual Profiler
    * C++ debugging in cuda-gdb
    * GPU binary disassembler for Fermi architecture (cuobjdump)

Public download: CUDA Toolkit 4.0 Overview

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3D-Tech News Around The Web / AMD FirePro Mobility Driver 8.773 WHQL
« on: March 03, 2011, 09:28:56 PM »
Hewlett Packard

http://www2.ati.com/DRIVERS/firepro/mobile/8.773.1.1-110115a-113069C-WHQL-XP-HP.zip
http://www2.ati.com/DRIVERS/firepro/mobile/8.773.1.1-110115a-113097C-WHQL-Vista-HP.zip
http://www2.ati.com/DRIVERS/firepro/mobile/8.773.1.1-110115a-113068C.2-WHQL-W7-HP.zip

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"ATI FirePro M5800" = ati2mtag_Manhattan, PCI\VEN_1002&DEV_68C0&SUBSYS_1521103C
"ATI FirePro M5800 " = ati2mtag_Manhattan, PCI\VEN_1002&DEV_68C1&SUBSYS_1521103C
"ATI FirePro M7820" = ati2mtag_Manhattan, PCI\VEN_1002&DEV_68A0&SUBSYS_1520103C
"ATI FirePro M7820 " = ati2mtag_Manhattan, PCI\VEN_1002&DEV_68A0&SUBSYS_1520103C



DELL

http://www2.ati.com/DRIVERS/firepro/mobile/8.773.1.1-Mobile-whql-Win7-110115a-113181C-Dell.zip
http://www2.ati.com/DRIVERS/firepro/mobile/8.773.1.1-Mobile-whql-Vista-110115a-113070C-Dell.2.zip
http://www2.ati.com/DRIVERS/firepro/mobile/8.773.1.1-whql--XP-Mobile-110115a-113071C-Dell.zip

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"ATI FirePro M7740" = ati2mtag_M9x7, PCI\VEN_1002&DEV_94A3&SUBSYS_02EF1028
"ATI FirePro M7740 " = ati2mtag_M9x7, PCI\VEN_1002&DEV_94A3&SUBSYS_12EF1028
"ATI FirePro M7820 (FireGL)" = ati2mtag_Manhattan, PCI\VEN_1002&DEV_68A0&SUBSYS_12EF1028

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PCGH reports that AMD uses Furmark 1.8.2 to compare LLano to Sandybridge.

AMD found a bug: displacement mapping fails with Intel GPUs


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