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In our opinion, there are far too few people out there taking 3D images and one major reason is the perceived difficulty barrier—taking two images and combining them for a stereo effect with special software or using custom twin digital SLR camera rigs is simply too complex and/or expensive for most of us mere mortals. Enter the 3D-capable point-and-shoot, the latest of which is Panasonic’s upcoming Lumix DMC-3D1. Similar to Fujifilm...

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We’re showing the extraordinary power of the new Quadro Pascal platform for artists, designers and animators at this week’s SIGGRAPH conference, the world’s largest event for computer graphics.

We’re launching the most powerful workstation GPU, and software capabilities that will provide artists and designers with extraordinary ability to work faster, with greater creativity. New from NVIDIA at the show are:

  • The Quadro P6000, to power the most advanced workstations ever built. With its 3,840 cores and an amazing 12 TFlops of compute power, designers will be able to manipulate complex designs up to twice as fast as before.1,2
  • VRWorks’ 360 Video SDK, to let VR developers create applications to ingest, stitch and stream 4K video feeds from multi-camera rigs, enabling 360o real-time surround video experiences.
  • The addition of GPU-acceleration to mental ray, the world’s most popular film-quality renderer.
  • NVIDIA Optix 4, the latest version of our GPU ray tracing engine, on our NVIDIA DGX-1 supercomputer, which now allows artists to achieve the fastest interactive rendering possible for film-size scenes up to 64GB.
Monsters University dataset courtesy of PIXAR.

“Often our artists are working with 50GB or higher datasets,” says Steve May, CTO at PIXAR. “The ability to visualize scenes of this size interactively gives our artists the ability to make creative decisions more quickly. We’re looking forward to testing the limits of Pascal and expect the benefits to our workflows to be huge.”

New Iray VR capabilities are also among the key benefits to content creators.

Because Iray VR technology delivers photoreal virtual reality experiences, designers can gain new perspectives on their creations by seeing and interacting with them from differing vantage points. Iray VR uses light field technology to bring the accuracy of physically-based rendering to interactive VR.

See it at SIGGRAPH

At our SIGGRAPH booth #509, you can see all these technologies and more. You’ll be able to;

  • Experience a tech demonstration of the world’s first real-time 3D oil painting simulator from Adobe Research.
  • Take in a live demo of 4K videos being stitched in real-time with near imperceptible latency with our VRWorks 360 Video SDK.
  • See PIXAR content running on the new NVIDIA DGX-1, fully ray-traced with NVIDIA OptiX, at interactive speeds. DGX-1 makes this possible with NVLink technology, which allows its Tesla P100 GPU accelerators to access and combine each other’s memory to enable far larger scenes to run with GPU performance.
  • Check out our demo of the new GPU-accelerated mental ray and the latest Iray plugins.

Plus, you can catch a sneak peek of the powerful NVIDIA Pascal-based Quadro GPU in a mobile form factor. It’s built to help you tackle the most demanding rendering and VR workloads from any location.


This fall, Iray VR will be available as a beta to DGX-1 and Quadro VCA customers; and Pascal-based NVIDIA Quadro GPUs will be available from all leading OEMs and integrators.

And if you’re a VR developer, our VRworks 360 Video SDK will be released publicly later this year. Register on the VRWorks developer page to get notified as soon as the 360 Video SDK is available for download.

1)       The Quadro P6000 offers 24GB of memory and up to 80%* faster performance over the previous generation.
1), 2)  Test system: Intel E5 2697 V3 2.6GHz (3.6GHz Turbo), 32GB RAM, Windows 7 SP1 64-bit, NVIDIA graphics driver  368.58. Performance improvement based on internal VR benchmark test scores.

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The only thing better than VR is great looking VR, and at SIGGRAPH 2016 NVIDIA has just announced a number of new SDKs and updates for NVIDIA DesignWorks and NVIDIA VRWorks that bring new capabilities for interactive ray tracing, 360 degree video creation and physically based materials to the developer community.

These tools are all part of the NVIDIA SDK, which brings together all the essential elements for creating GPU-accelerated applications. Registered developers get access to almost 100 different libraries and APIs as well debugging and profiling tools for Android, Windows and Linux.

Ray Traced Virtual Reality

With the new 2016.2 release of the NVIDIA Iray SDK, we’ve made it easy to create VR scenes and panoramas right within Iray, our physically based ray tracing software. Just select a 360 degree camera from the list of camera choices and you can view your scene as a fully ray-traced VR experience with a single step.

We’ve also taken our Materials Definition Language (MDL) and released it for the first time as an SDK available to all registered developers. MDL SDK allows you to quickly integrate physically based materials into a rendering application, which means users will have the ability to seamlessly exchange objects with correct materials between applications. NVIDIA Iray and mental ray renderers support MDL and companies such as Chaos Group, OTOY and Adobe have announced their support for MDL.

For developers who want to build their own ray tracing applications, we’ve updated our OptiX ray tracing engine to include support for NVIDIA NVLink and Pascal GPUs including the powerful new DGX-1 appliance with 8 high performance NVIDIA GPUs per node. This allows the visualization of scenes as large as 64GB in size – never before possible using GPU rendering. OptiX is used in commercial applications such as Adobe After Effects, as well as in-house tools at studios like PIXAR.

360 Degree Live Video

With the release of our new VRWorks 360 Video SDK, we’re bringing the worlds of live video and VR together. This new SDK allows VR developers and content creators to take video feeds from 4k camera rigs and stitch them into a single 360° video in real-time.  The SDK performs GPU-accelerated decode, equalization, calibration, stitching, and encode of the video with both high quality and high performance.

Other updates to the NVIDIA SDK include:

  • Capture SDK 5.0 – NVIDIA’s video capture SDK now supports 8K resolution and supports the Khronos Group Vulkan API.
  • Video Codec SDK 7.0 – new Pascal generation encoder supports 8K x 8K resolution encoding, 10-bit 4:4:4 H.265 encoding, and VP9 decoding.
  • GVDB – NVIDIA GVDB is a GPU-based framework for VBD data structures inspired by the award-winning software library OpenVDB used for motion picture visual effects and modelling. This allows visual artists to create fluids, smoke and clouds in great detail more efficiently than with CPU-based methods.

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