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3D-Tech News Around The Web / ATI Cypress Gaming Performance Analysis
« on: February 22, 2010, 05:12:30 PM »
    *  Cypress is pretty fast versus it's predecessor (+50-60% is not too shabby, in our humble opinion), although it only manages to achieve the 2x performance mark only when DX11 is leveraged in such a way as to improve performance (hey, we warned you back in the architecture piece that there are some points which may limit the upscaling, did we not?)
    * It's primarily bound by its engine clock, so we'd expect any future high-end SKU to try to bump that as much as possible
    * Heavy tessellation isn't cheap, and explaining it solely by "you're setup limited, silly" is a heavy over-simplification
    * We're not really fond of how the Crossfire profiling mechanism ended up being implemented - dear ATI, there's already a solution out there that's well liked by the community, and there have been no reports of users performing ritual seppuku when having to mess with a few extra settings, so please, go and implement something similar rather than reinventing the wheel (yes, we're aware that it was your competitor that came up with it, and yes, we're painfully aware of just how unpleasant it is to program UIs but still, you'd get far far more benefits from doing that)

Full story at Beyond3D

What's new with Release 1.2

    * Smoke now has a simpler build and builds with Visual Studio 2008 SP1
    * Fixed occasional crash when subdividing objects, after physics collision
    * Fixed a number of memory leaks and uses of uninitialized memory
    * Ambient lighting now lights the shaded side of objects
    * Smoke runs faster, mostly due to speedups in fire object code

I’ve heard a lot about CUDA, such as how it is 10,000% faster at cracking wireless passwords over a conventional program/hardware, but never really got around to testing it out before now. This post details the steps required to compile and setup CUDA 2.3 SDK and toolkit on ubuntu 9.10.

Full story at StealthCopter

Get the driver here

Note: The TCC driver does not provide CUDA–DirectX/OpenGL interoperability. It is a “non-display” driver, and NVIDIA GPUs using this driver will not support DirectX or OpenGL hardware acceleration.

  Par4All is a platform that merges various open source developments to aim at achieving the migration of software to multicore and other parallel processors.

Pa4All is an open-source environment to do source-to-source transformations on C and Fortran programs for parallelizing, optimizing, instrumenting, reverse-engineering, etc. on various targets.

The interest of the source-to-source approach is to capitalize on the real value of an application (its source!) and generating other sources that can be used by the better back-ends available: optimized compilers for a given processor, vendor compilers for embedded processors, CUDA or OpenCL for GPU, OpenMP, MPI... One source, run everywhere!

3D-Tech News Around The Web / The supercomputer on your desktop
« on: February 17, 2010, 07:06:46 PM »
While there's still a need for ginormous hardware, some traditional high-performance applications are already on the desktop and others are heading that way
Monumental improvements in desktop processing power, graphics processing unit (GPU) performance, network bandwidth and solid-state drive speed combined with 64-bit throughput have made the desktop increasingly viable for large-scale computing projects.

Full story at CW

3D-Tech News Around The Web / gDEBugger for OpenCL - Beta Program
« on: February 14, 2010, 01:19:21 PM »
Graphic Remedy is proud to announce the upcoming release of gDEBugger for OpenCL, a real-time OpenCL debugger, performance analyzer and computing memory optimizer.

gDEBugger CL will allow OpenCL based application developers to enjoy advanced debugging, profiling and memory analysis capabilities, helping them reduce development time, deliver high quality applications and significantly improve parallel computing performance.


3D-Tech News Around The Web / Re: NVIDIA PerfHUD 6.62 available
« on: February 13, 2010, 01:39:15 PM »
There is a hyperlink under the text "Perfkit" which reads:
Please adjust the color settings in your browser.

3D-Tech News Around The Web / Fraps 3.1.1 Released
« on: February 12, 2010, 02:11:41 PM »
11th February 2010 - Fraps 3.1.1 Released

- Fixed detection of loading screens when recording with unlocked framerate
- Added product information to installer

3D-Tech News Around The Web / ATI Stream updates available
« on: February 11, 2010, 05:48:17 PM »
What’s New in SDK v2.01

    * Update release for ATI Stream SDK v2.0.
    * Support for Red Hat® Enterprise Linux® 5.3.
    * Support for debugging OpenCL™ with GDB on x86 CPUs under Linux® (see application note for more details).
    * Preview: Support for OpenCL™ / Microsoft® DirectX® 9 interoperability. Please see this knowledge base article for more information about this preview feature.
    * Additional OpenCL™ samples:
          o BoxFilter
          o FFT
          o GaussianNoise (under cpp_cl)
          o URNG
    * Stream KernelAnalyzer with OpenCL™ support (available for download separately from Stream KernelAnalyzer Product Page).
    * Various OpenCL™ compiler and runtime fixes and enhancements (see developer release notes for more details).
    * Support for ATI Radeon™ HD 5670 GPU and ATI Radeon™ HD 5570 GPU
What's New in Profiler Version 1.1

    * Added support for Stream SDK v2.01.
    * Fixed a bug where an app that uses a lot of video memory might fail to profile to completion.
    * Fixed a bug where the profiler might fail to run with an app that contains multiple project settings.
    * Fixed a bug where Visual Studio might crash after sorting the first column (Method) in the OpenCL Session panel.
    * Fixed a bug where Visual Studio might present an obsolete profile data.
    * Fixed IL/ISA support when the Debugging\Working Directory property is not empty.
    * Fixed ALUBusy's counter on ATI Radeon HD 5870 graphics cards.
    * Fixed WriteUnitStalled counter.
    * Added context menu support to copy IL/ISA text in the Code Viewer Panel.
What's New in KernelAnalyzer Version 1.4

    * Support for OpenCL™ (requires ATI Stream SDK v2.01).
    * Support for Catalyst™ driver 9.9-9.12.
    * Support for ATI Radeon™ HD 5870 graphics cards.
    * Support for ATI Radeon™ HD 5770 graphics cards.
    * Fixed issue where analysis of shader with complex flow control would fail.
    * Updated statistic names and descriptions.
    * Fetch instructions statistic now includes both texture and vertex fetch usage.
    * Compiler Output window now includes the OpenCL™ compiler build log (for warning and error messages).
    * Double-clicking on an OpenCL™ compilation error or warning will navigate to the reported line within the Source Code window.
    * Registered file extensions now supported automatically in file dialogs.
    * Object Code target now includes x86 assembly code for an OpenCL kernel.

3D-Tech News Around The Web / Firefox 3.7 alpha available, supports WebGL
« on: February 10, 2010, 08:41:33 PM »
1) Get it here

2) Enable WebGL

3) search in our forum for "WebGL" to get some samples  ;)

SpiderGL is a JavaScript 3D Graphics library which relies on WebGL for realtime rendering.

SpiderGL provides typical structures and algorithms for realtime rendering to developers of 3D graphics web application, without forcing them to comply with some specific paradigm (i.e. it is not a scene graph) nor preventing low level access to the underlying WebGL graphics layer.

A WebGL-enabled browser is needed to run the examples and demos!

» Direct3D 11 Samples

    * Detail Tessellation 11 (February 2010)
    * PN-Triangles 11 (February 2010)
    * Contact Hardening Shadows 11 (February 2010)

» Direct3D 10 Samples

    * Transparency Anti-Aliasing 10.1 (February 2010)
    * High Definition Ambient Occlusion 10.1 (February 2010)
    * Depth of Field 10.1 (February 2010)

3D-Tech News Around The Web / Futuremark patch round-up
« on: February 10, 2010, 05:48:26 PM »
Download mirror at TPU, fixes e.g. PhysX/Novodex test with more than 32 threads.

3D-Tech News Around The Web / MAXON CINEBENCH 11.5 available
« on: February 10, 2010, 05:45:26 PM »
Download from Maxon, supports 64 threads now!

Download mirror, no changelog yet

3D-Tech News Around The Web / Fraps 3.1.0 Released
« on: February 09, 2010, 05:36:56 PM »
3.1.0 - 8th Feb 2010
- Added option to capture videos with framerate locked or unlocked
- Fixed startup crash for some Intel i5/i7 configurations under Windows 7
- Minimum recording speed is now 1 fps to allow for time lapse recording
- Fixed vista desktop recording not capturing mouse cursor
- Fixed sound length for Vista/Win7 recordings
- Added large address support to 32-bit codec
- Fixed window starting off screen on some multi-monitor systems

3D-Tech News Around The Web / CopperLicht - fast WebGL JavaScript 3D Engine
« on: February 09, 2010, 05:34:42 PM »
CopperLicht is a JavaScript 3D engine for creating games and 3d applications in the webbrowser. It uses the WebGL canvas supported by modern browsers and is able to render hardware accelerated 3d graphics without any plugins.

Key Features

    * 3D World editor: CopperLicht comes with a full 3D world editor named CopperCube.
    * Many supported 3D file formats: .3ds, .obj, .x, .lwo, .b3d, .csm, .dae, .dmf, .oct, .irrmesh, .ms3d, .my3D, .mesh, .lmts, .bsp, .md2, .stl. and more, see below.
    * Incredibly fast: CopperLicht is highly optimized and able to render and animate even huge 3d scenes.
    * Simple to use: easily understandable SceneGraph API with lots of tutorials and examples in the documentation
    * Binary compilation: Unlike other WebGL 3D Engines, CopperLicht compiles your 3D meshes into a small, binary file which downloads quickly, reducing bandwith usage for your users. Simply import your 3D files into the CopperCube editor and publish it as CopperLicht scene.
    * Totally free: CopperLicht is free to use. Just download and go!

Advanced Micro Devices will put more focus on tightly integrating graphics processor cores into mainstream servers starting 2012 as it tries to increase system performance, a company executive said.

Full story at CW

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