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3D-Tech News Around The Web / Changes in PhysX (2.8.3) SDK access procedure
« on: November 11, 2009, 07:25:04 PM »
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PhysX SDK is still free but no longer available for public download,  to get access to SDK and tools you must register an account at PhysX Developer Support website and wait until it’ll be approved.

Full story at PhysXinfo

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3D-Tech News Around The Web / Prometheus for UDK Released
« on: November 08, 2009, 08:07:31 PM »
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The Prometheus team has released a standalone build of Prometheus for UDK today. The download clocks in at 331mb and can be grabbed from FileWorks right now.

    Prometheus is a mission-based, single-player co-op game in the spirit of "Portal" and "Mirror's Edge." By using the Prometheus Device, players bend the laws of Einsteinian physics using the theory of quantum states, meaning that goals are accomplished by completing missions with your past, present and future selves. You'll need to keep your wits about you and your memory sharp in solving puzzles presented with this unique game play mechanic. Progression through the story introduces new challenges, with tasks increasing in difficulty, and a final dramatic conclusion questions present loyalties and even your own existence.

    * Download UDK Prometheus from BeyondUnreal FileWorks (321mb)

Fast mirror

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3D-Tech News Around The Web / Fraps 3.0.0 released - supports DX11
« on: November 06, 2009, 12:02:49 PM »
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5th November 2009 - Fraps 3.0.0 Released

New features and a new look!  Fraps is now compatible with Windows 7 and the latest DirectX 11 games.

Ventrilo & TeamSpeak users have long wanted a way to record their microphone and speakers at the same time.  For Windows 7 and Vista we've added realtime sound mixing to our video recording so you can now capture both sides of the conversation!

NVIDIA have recently included stereoscopic 3D support directly into their drivers.  If you play your DirectX9 (D3D9) game with 3D Vision enabled you can use Fraps to record the game in full 3D too!  You'll get a side-by-side stereo AVI recording that you can drop straight in to a stereoscopic 3D player!

Finally, we are aware that more and more people are putting Fraps to professional use.  We've added a new option to force lossless RGB compression to ensure that you always have the highest quality video output to work with.

We hope that you enjoy Fraps 3!

 
   
   
   
   
   
Changelog


3.0.0 - 5th Nov 2009
- DirectX 11 support
- Compatible with Windows 7 final (RTM) and RC1 versions
- Stereoscopic 3D Vision video capture up to 1920x1200 for D3D9 games
- Force lossless RGB option to always capture video in pure form
- Ability to mix both game sound and external input such as microphone (Vista/Win7 only)


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Cudapad is a software that helps developments develop and test small kernals for NVidia’s© Cuda© language. Sometimes in your IDE you’ll want a quick way build or test a piece of Cuda code and CudaPad lets you do it.  It shows the ptx code, cubin code, register count, error and more on the fly.  There is no need to manually compile your code.

To use cudapad just type or paste some Cuda code in the left panel.  After this is done then the PTX(or Cubin) code is shown in the right window with convenient connector lines that help match up the source code to the PTX code.  Below the PTX code you will see more information about your kernel including memory usage and register usage.  And below the source code window you’ll see code errors.

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The framework BehaveRT allows to create a simulation:

    * interactive: by using the power of recent NVIDIA GPUs through CUDA;
    * generalized: by choosing the most suitable simulation engine's modules or by creating custonized ones;
    * renderable: by using OpenGL VBOs (Vertex Buffer Object), the simulation is directly renderable avoiding data transferts between CPU and GPU.

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AntiPlanet2 is first person 3D shooter game in fantastic extraterrestrial world, which is built of spheres and shadows. AntiPlanet uses ray tracing render for visualization. It works through CUDA. 3D engine works in any resolution in real-time, supports transparency and bi-cubic textures.

Surprise, surprise! The CUDA version doesn't render geometry on my old 8800GTX  >:(

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3D-Tech News Around The Web / OpenCL-z fixed by oscarbg
« on: November 06, 2009, 10:27:59 AM »
Oscar's blog gives you also a lot of informations about the differences in AMD OpenCL, Apple OpenCL, IBM OpenCL and NVIDIA OpenCL  ::)

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OpenCL-z by oscarbg

3 November 2009

Notes
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Works with Nvidia 195.39 OpenCL ICD or higher
Works with CPUs and AMDs GPUs with AMD Stream 2.0beta4 and Catalyst 9.11 or higher
Autodetects in displays info of AMD and Nvidia OpenCL drivers in a single launch in current form..
For detecting AMD drivers you need to define the enviroment variable ATISTREAMSDKROOT where the SDK is  ..
I think in Windows this is done in the installer in Linux use something as
export ATISTREAMSDKROOT..

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The CUDA Toolkit 3.0 Beta is now available to GPU Computing registered developers.

Highlights for this release include:

    * CUDA Driver / Runtime Buffer Interoperability, which allows applications using the CUDA Driver API to also use libraries implemented using the CUDA C Runtime.
    * A new, separate version of the CUDA C Runtime (CUDART) for debugging in emulation-mode.
    * C++ Class Inheritance and Template Inheritance support for increased programmer productivity
    * A new unified interoperability API for Direct3D and OpenGL, with support for:
          o OpenGL texture interop
          o Direct3D 11 interop support
    * cuda-gdb hardware debugging support for applications that use the CUDA Driver API
    * New CUDA Memory Checker reports misalignment and out of bounds errors, available as a debugging mode within cuda-gdb and also as a stand-alone utility.
    * CUDA Toolkit libraries are now versioned, enabling applications to require a specific version, support multiple versions explicitly, etc.
    * CUDA C/C++ kernels are now compiled to standard ELF format
    * Support for all the OpenCL features in the latest R195.39 beta driver:
          o Double Precision
          o OpenGL Interoperability, for interactive high performance visualization
          o Query for Compute Capability, so you can target optimizations for GPU architectures (cl_nv_device_attribute_query)
          o Ability to control compiler optimization settings, etc. via support for NVIDIA Compiler Flags (cl_nv_compiler_options)
          o OpenCL Images support, for better/faster image filtering
          o 32-bit Atomics for fast, convenient data manipulation
          o Byte Addressable Stores, for faster video/image processing and compression algorithms
          o Support for the latest OpenCL spec revision 48 and latest official Khronos OpenCL headers as of 11/1/2009
    * Early support for the Fermi architecture, including:
          o Native 64-bit GPU support
          o Multiple Copy Engine support
          o ECC reporting
          o Concurrent Kernel Execution
          o Fermi HW debugging support in cuda-gdb

For more information on general purpose computing features of the Fermi architecture, see: www.nvidia.com/fermi.

Windows developers should be sure to sign up for the Nexus (codename) beta program, and test drive the integrated support for GPU hardware debugging, profiling, and platform trace/analysis features at: www.nvidia.com/nexus

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3D-Tech News Around The Web / Getting GPUs on the grid
« on: November 04, 2009, 06:00:26 PM »
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Enhancing the performance of computer clusters and supercomputers using graphical processing units is all the rage. But what happens when you put these chips on a full-fledged grid?

Full story at ISGTW

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The Trinigy Engine is one of the first game architectures that utilize DirectX 11 features.
PC Games Hardware shows exclusive screenshots from a tech demo and thus gives a preview on what game graphics of the future might look like.

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3D-Tech News Around The Web / DirectCompute Benchmark 0.1
« on: November 03, 2009, 05:38:16 PM »
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Benchmark v0.1
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First of all:
1) You NEED DirectX 11 installed so for now, it will work only on win7.
2) You DON'T need DX11 hardware, DirectCompute is supported on DX10 class devices if only drivers support it (forceware >= 190.62, Catalyst currently doesn't support DirectCompute on DX10/10.1 GPUs)

Sample results:

GeForce 9800GT ECO OC (740/1800/1010) : M15670/S3600
GeForce 9800GT ECO OC (600/1500/900)  : M13195/S3220

S-single threaded result
M-default dx11 device settings

Pat.

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3D-Tech News Around The Web / D3DGear 3.53 - Added support to DirectX 11
« on: November 03, 2009, 05:32:21 PM »
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What is D3DGear?
D3DGear is an advanced Windows ingame utility software for 3D video games. With D3DGear, you can measure ingame framerate (FPS), capture 3D game screenshot, record video game movie. You even can use D3DGear to access Windows desktop within game.

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3D-Tech News Around The Web / AMD Display Library (ADL) SDK 2.0 available
« on: November 03, 2009, 05:28:45 PM »
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Designed to access display driver functionality for ATI Radeon™ and ATI FirePro™ graphics cards.

    * The SDK supports the Radeon family of GPUs including integrated, discrete and FirePro products.
    * The SDK supports Windows® XP, Windows® Vista and Linux® in both 32- and 64-bit versions.
    * The SDK can be used from both unmanaged (C/C++) and managed (C#) applications. Documents and Samples are provided in the download package.

*Requires Catalyst 9.3 and above
What's New?

What's new in version 2.0

    * Over ten new Displays Manager APIs
    * Updated API grouping
    * Added OverDrive5 API notes
    * New sample code (DDCBlockAccess)
    * More references to constants and APIs added in the documentation
    * Bug fixes

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Fractron 9000 currently uses Nvidia’s CUDA library to quickly compute fractal flames. The user interface is written in C#, and communicates with CUDA via my own custom interoperability library. Fractron uses OpenGL to display the fractals, which will hopefully make it possible to port Fractron 9000 to non-Windows platforms in the future.

Fractron 9000 renders fractals using an algorithm very closely based on the algorithm used by another program called Apophysis. As a result, future versions of Fractron 9000 may be able to load and save fractal flames generated with Apophysis.

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3D-Tech News Around The Web / NVIDIA OptiX SDk and new samples available
« on: November 03, 2009, 05:14:27 PM »
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NVIDIA OptiX Now Available

The OptiX engine has been in private testing at over 100 sites worldwide since the spring of 2009, with ray tracing developers already utilizing it to redefine interactive possibilities. You can join these ranks and explore how GPU ray tracing can transform your application by simply downloading the OptiX SDK and developing on standard graphics hardware. The OptiX SDK is free of charge and the engine is free to license in applications.

System Requirements

    * Operating System: 32 or 64-bit versions of Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7, Linux
    * CPU: x86 compatible
    * System Memory: matches graphics board recommendations
    * GPU*: NVIDIA Quadro FX or NVIDIA Tesla (GT200 class required for multi-GPU scaling and technical support)
    * Frame buffer memory: varies with data complexity
    * Driver: NVIDIA Unified Driver r190 or later, CUDA toolkit 2.3 or later
    * C/C++ Compiler: Visual Studio 2005 or 2008, along with CMAKE

      *NVIDIA GeForce to be supported with NVIDIA's upcoming "Fermi" GPU architecture.

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3D-Tech News Around The Web / Fifty 3D milestones in gaming
« on: October 31, 2009, 09:03:46 AM »
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This week we look at the landmark 3D titles in gaming, starting in the place where, for many years, the most cutting edge advances in real-time 3D technology could be seen by the general public: the arcades.

Full story at 3D World

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3D-Tech News Around The Web / NVIDIA Forceware 195.39 CUDA 3.0 available
« on: October 29, 2009, 05:56:19 PM »
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This is a beta driver for GeForce 6, 7, 8, 9, 100, and 200-series desktop GPUs and ION desktop GPUs.

New in Version 195.39

    * Adds support for OpenCL 1.0 (Open Computing Language) for all GeForce 8-series and later GPUs.
    * Adds support for CUDA Toolkit 3.0 features and performance enhancements. See CUDA Zone for more details.
    * Adds SLI and multi-GPU support for Borderlands, Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs, G-Force, FIFA Soccer 2010, League of Legends: Clash of Fates, NHL 2009, Order of War, Pro Evolution Soccer 2010, Race On, Star Trek: D-A-C. Improved SLI and multi-GPU support for Champions: Online and Dragon Age: Origins.
    * Includes over 200 bug fixes. Refer to the release notes on the documentation tab for information about the key bug fixes in this release.

Vista/7 x64

Vista/7 x86

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opencl.dll is now from Khronos, but you still cannot run AMD's "helloCL" on an NVIDIA GPU  :P

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Most important change in this release is native support for 64-bit versions of 3ds Max, that was achieved previously by custom wrapper around 32-bit PhysX SDK.

Full story at PhysXinfo

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3D-Tech News Around The Web / Unity3D For Free
« on: October 29, 2009, 11:18:05 AM »
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Awesome news for aspiring game designers: The Unity Indie package, formerly $200, is now free

Full story at RPS

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3D-Tech News Around The Web / HWiNFO32 v3.25 available
« on: October 29, 2009, 10:59:35 AM »
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Changes in HWiNFO32 v3.25 - Released on: Oct-28-2009:

    * Enhanced support of ATI R8xx (Evergreen) family (clock, properties).
    * Added support of Fintek F71808E sensor.
    * Fixed some issues while accessing certain SMBus devices on certain motherboards.
    * Improved reporting of ATI R7xx family clocks.
    * Improved sensor support of Intel DP55 boards.
    * Added reporting of additional Lynnfield/Clarksfield capabilities.
    * Added ATI FirePro M7750.
    * Added reporting of Intel Extreme Tuning (XTU) capable BIOS settings.
    * Enhanced sensor support of ASUS Maximus III Formula / Gene.
    * Added reporting of DMI bus capabilities for CPUs with Internal QPI and External DMI (*field, *dale).
    * Fixed rare problems with Intel CPU detection under specific conditions.
    * Added nVidia GeForce GTS 250M, 260M and GTX 285M.
    * Fixed handling of non-linear CPU core APIC IDs.
    * Improved detection of memory modules on Supermicro X8DTN, H8DI3/H8DII/H8DIL, H8DM8-2/H8DME-2.

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