NVISION08 Summary - Keynote, TWiT UGM, 3D Gaming and GPU Ray Tracing
Future of Rendering, Ray tracing on the GPU and TWiT's UGM
Past and Future of Graphics Rendering
Later in the day NVIDIA's Tony Tomasi and David Kirk took stage in a technical session to discuss the evolution of the GPU. This time line below, while blurry, gives us a general sense of the direction that NVIDIA sees the GPU taking in the coming years.
The note of hardware managed threading and pipeline is counter to what Intel will be doing with the Larrabee in the near future. Intel's upcoming GPU is completely software managed and the pipeline is nearly 100% programmable with the exception of the texture units. Obviously NVIDIA's goal in 2013 will be the same as it is for 2008 - completely merge the ability for the GPU to do typical graphics work and general purpose computational work.
even faster AA and texturing performance.
Ray tracing demo on the GPU
Next up was NVIDIA's David Kirk and a demonstration of real-time ray tracing on the GT200 GPU.
The TWiT UGM Shows up at NVISION
For uninitiated, the TWiT UGM is This Week in Tech's Ultimate Gaming Machine - a build that I had a small part in by suggesting parts and helping through the installation section. TWiT is hosted by Leo Laporte, a name that should be familiar to most of you, and the UGM project was headed by Colleen who works for him.
So far, though the keynotes and presentations at NVISION have bee a bit of a let down, the show itself is proving to be quite useful and entertaining. The LAN party was still going strong as of Tuesday night and the 3D stereoscopic gaming demonstrations that are being shown to the public are actually getting a lot of good feedback. The exhibit area is littered with NVIDIA partners and more great technology demonstrations. We got our hands on Battlefield Heroes, Call of Duty: World at War, Microsoft's Photosynth and we even got to gawk at fancy new Maserati. What is probably most valuable to me though is the closed door meeting with NVIDIA executives pining about the future and what Intel, NVIDIA and AMD have to look forward to. You can be sure we'll have all that information wrapped up in some editorials in the coming weeks.
We have just one more day left of the show that includes the closing keynote from Jen-Hsun Huang with the two hosts of MythBusters - apparently doing something very cool. I'll be attempting to stream that live, so be ready at 3pm PST!