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In driver 334.89 NVIDIA introduced a new proprietary rendering mode for 3D Vision that enables us to improve the 3D experience for many key DirectX 10 and 11 games. This mode is now called “3D Compatibility Mode”. We have continued to iterate on this feature in driver 344.11, increasing game support and adding some new interface elements. You can get the new driver at www.geforce.com/drivers or via the update option in Geforce Experience. With the release of 344.11, new 3D...
We’re fortunate enough to have another fine 3D video from New Media Film Festival to share with you here on 3DVisionLive—a pop music video from Italy called “The Way,” which you can view here. Even better, New Media Film Festival has provided an interview with one of the co-directors of the video, Edoardo Ballanti, which provides insights on how the video was created and the vision behind it. Enjoy! (Alice Corsi also co-directed the video.) What was the Inspiration behind “...
The Fall Photo Contest received nearly 100 images – thanks to all that entered! The contest called for your best “nature” shots with the only other requirement being that they had to be true stereo images. Submissions ranged from shots of spiders in gardens to artistic approaches to tasteful nudes. As before, members were invited to vote for the winner by tagging images in the contest gallery as favorites. Without further ado, the winner is: Autumn Goodbye to Summer This...
In driver 334.89 NVIDIA introduced a new proprietary rendering mode for 3D Vision that enables us to improve the 3D experience for many key DirectX 10 and 11 games. This mode is now called “3D Compatibility Mode”. We have continued to iterate on this feature in beta driver 337, increasing game support and adding a toggle key to enable/disable the mode. Games with 3D Compatibility Mode will launch in this mode by default. To change the render mode back to standard 3D Vision...
3DVisionLive’s first-ever short-form 3D video contest received 14 entries that showed a great deal of diversity, ranging from video game captures to commercial-style clips to raw captures of pets or people doing cool things (such as bashing each other with swords). During judging we laughed, we cried (okay, maybe not), and we simply scratched our heads…. But seriously: thank-you to all that participated and we hope to see more of your content uploaded to the site for all to...

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We took home two Edison Awards for innovation in New York City last night, as our Tegra Visual Computing Module (VCM) for the automotive market and SHIELD tablet were singled out for recognition.

The awards – named for fabled U.S. inventor Thomas Edison – recognize innovation, creativity and ingenuity in the global economy. Prizes were handed out in a wide range of categories by an independent team of judges from industry and academia. Other winners this year include GE, LG, Dow Chemicals, Logitech, Lenovo, Hyundai and 3M.

“It’s exciting to see companies like NVIDIA continuing Thomas Edison’s legacy of challenging conventional thinking,” said Frank Bonafilia, Edison Awards’ executive director. “Edison Awards recognize the game-changing products and teams that brought them to consumers.”

Our Visual Computing Module brings new kinds of power — and flexibility — to the auto industry.

Our VCM won a Gold award in the Automotive Computing category. The VCM is a modular computer that gives automakers a fast, easy way to update their systems with the latest mobile technology. This has helped Audi reduce its infotainment development cycle to two years, from the industry standard five to seven years. And Tesla Motors uses two VCMs to drive the screens in the Model S.

It was the second major award handed out this week for our VCM, which also received a PACE Award, considered the Academy Award of the auto industry.

SHIELD tablet won a Silver award in the Gaming/Computers category. SHIELD tablet is an 8-inch entertainment device powered by our Tegra K1 192-core mobile superchip. It delivers an outstanding portable gaming experience, either standalone or connected to a GeForce PC or our GRID game-streaming service. Paired with the SHIELD wireless controller, it provides the precision, low latency and ergonomics that serious gamers demand.

Our Tegra-powered SHIELD tablet brings next-level gaming to Android.

Image credit, top: Jeff Kubina, some rights reserved

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If your day starts by crawling to work through traffic, you’ve wished that the four-lane highway could expand into eight.

Applications experience traffic jams, too. It happens when the few, narrow lanes between the CPU and the GPU — known as the PCI Express (PCIe) bus — can’t keep up with the flow of data.

GPUs can crunch through a lot of data fast. But taking full advantage of this ability requires that massive amounts of data must be constantly fed to the GPU. The PCIe interconnect often can’t keep pace.

To avoid these “traffic jams,” we invented a fast interconnect between the CPU and GPU, and among GPUs. It’s called NVLink.

It’s the world’s first high-speed interconnect technology for GPUs. NVIDIA NVLink creates a data super-highway in next-gen HPC servers. One that lets GPUs and CPUs exchange data among each other five to 12 times faster than with PCIe.

The video below shows how NVLink works.

With NVLink, applications can run as much as two times faster:

When we unveiled NVLink last year, the industry took notice. IBM’s integrating it into future POWER CPUs. And the U.S. Department of Energy announced that GPUs and NVLink will power its next flagship supercomputers.

NVLink will be available in GPUs based on our forthcoming Pascal architecture. But here’s a sneak peek of how it can improve application performance by speeding up data movement in multi-GPU configurations.

FFT Algorithm Better Than 2x Faster

Fast Fourier Transform (FFT) is an algorithm widely used for seismic processing, signal processing, image processing, and partial differential equations.

FFT is often run on servers that attach two GPUs to a single CPU socket via a PCIe bus. To distribute the FFT workload, the two GPUs exchange large amounts of data. But the PCIe bus becomes a bottleneck — with GPUs sharing data at only 16 gigabytes per second (GB/s).

Connecting the two GPUs via NVLink allows them to communicate at 80 GB/s. That’s 5x faster.

With NVLink, FFT-based workloads can run more than 2x faster than on a PCIe-based system.

Up to 50% Faster Performance for AMBER

AMBER is a molecular dynamics application used to study the behavior of matter, such as cancer cells, on the atomic level. GPUs let researchers simulate molecular structures on AMBER at a higher level of accuracy, while reducing run times from weeks to days.

Researchers are building denser server configurations to run AMBER and other workloads. Many attach up to four GPUs to a single CPU socket.

AMBER needs to exchange data continuously when running simulations across GPUs. PCIe chugs along. But with NVLink connecting four GPUs, AMBER can run 30 to 50 percent faster.

To learn more, download the NVLink white paper.

Top image credit: “Freeway at Night,” by BY-YOUR-⌘

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