The Qt Company Announces Qt 3D Studio

Subject: General Tech | February 20, 2017 - 04:46 PM |
Tagged: vulkan, Qt, nvidia

NVIDIA has just donated their entire DRIVE Design Studio to The Qt Company, who will form it into Qt 3D Studio. This product will be a visual editor for 3D user interfaces, where layers of 2D and 3D objects can be created, animated, and integrated into C++ applications. It will take them a little while to clean it up for public consumption, but it will eventually be available under the commercial / open-source dual-license that users of Qt are accustomed to.

If you’re not familiar with the Qt Framework, then, basically, think of a cross-platform, open-source alternative to the .NET framework, although it is based in unmanaged C++. (It also competes with GTK+. This isn’t a major point, but I would like it to be clear that it’s not a two-person race between one proprietary and one open-source player.) When AMD updated their graphics drivers to Crimson Edition, and flaunted huge speed-ups, it was mostly because they switched the control panel's UI framework from .NET to Qt.

As an aside, The Qt Company joined the Khronos Group on the day that Vulkan launched, which was almost exactly a year ago, and they are actively working on integrating the API in their framework. Combined with today’s announcement, it’s not hard to imagine how much easier it will be, some day, to create efficient and beautiful UIs.

Update: Speaking of which, The Qt Company is apparently planning to release Vulkan support with Qt 5.10.


February 20, 2017 | 09:51 PM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

Scott, here is a new academic/research paper(PDF) on an AMD exascale APU from University of Wisconsin-Madison.(1)

"Abstract—

The challenges to push computing to exaflop levels are difficult given desired targets for memory capacity, memory bandwidth, power efficiency, reliability, and cost.This paper presents a vision for an architecture that can be used to construct exascale systems. We describe a conceptual Exascale Node Architecture (ENA), which is the computational building block for an exascale supercomputer. The ENA consists of an Exascale Heterogeneous Processor (EHP) coupled with an advanced memory system. The EHP provides a high-performance accelerated processing unit (CPU+GPU), in-package high-bandwidth 3D memory, and aggressive use of die-stacking and chiplet technologies to meet the requirementsfor exascale computing in a balanced manner. We presentinitial experimental analysis to demonstrate the promise of ourapproach, and we discuss remaining open research challengesfor the community."

(1)

"Design and Analysisofan APUforExascale Computing"

"Thiruvengadam Vijayaraghavan†∗, Yasuko Eckert, Gabriel H. Loh, Michael J. Schulte, Mike Ignatowski,
Bradford M. Beckmann, William C. Brantley, Joseph L. Greathouse, Wei Huang, Arun Karunanithi, Onur Kayiran,
Mitesh Meswani, Indrani Paul, Matthew Poremba, Steven Raasch, Steven K. Reinhardt, Greg Sadowski, Vilas Sridharan
AMD Research, Advanced Micro Devices, Inc.
†Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Wisconsin-Madison"

http://www.computermachines.org/joe/publications/pdfs/hpca2017_exascale_...