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The votes have all been cast and we can now, finally, bring you the results of our First Annual Summer Photo Contest. Dozen's of excellent images were submitted and it was a challenge to whittle all the entries down and select the prize winners. Without further ado we get to the results - drumroll please!   First Prize: "Soap Bubble" Zoran Zelic (ZZ3D)'s "Soap Bubble 1" takes the top prize. We like the spontaneity the image implies along with the overall composition...
Sometimes it’s just great “when a plan comes together.” An avid warbird photographer, I’d been familiar with Christian Kieffer’s outstanding pinup photography for years – his company produces some truly amazing nostalgic calendars featuring vintage WWII aircraft and models done up to mimic the pinups from the same era that helped to keep many an airman’s spirits high. Thinking the subject matter would lend itself well to 3D, I approached Christian a few months ago about...
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We’ve rolled out a new look for the Photo page that updates the page to have a similar look and feel to the home and video pages. We’ve added a pane of larger thumbnails across the top that is user-navigable. Just click the right or left arrows to cycle. (We will be adding an auto-scroll mechanism to this soon.) And these are viewable in 3D - just click the 2D/3D toggle button at the top right of the page. Make sure to upgrade to the most recent drivers for best performance...
If you know the Trine series, you’re already salivating: the first downloadable content (DLC) for Trine 2 is now available! If you’ve not heard of Trine at all, then prepare yourself for a visual feast. Trine is a physics-based action game in which you can switch amongst three characters – each with distinct attributes – to come up with clever solutions to an array of challenges created by hazardous puzzles and threatening enemies. The platform-style gameplay is based on...

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In an effort to place the United States at the forefront of scientific computing, U.S. President Barack Obama has signed an executive order launching an initiative to build exaflop supercomputers.

The National Strategic Computing Initiative, or NSCI, will require supercomputers to achieve incredible new levels of performance and power efficiency. Two things GPUs are poised to deliver.

An exaflop supercomputer — roughly 30 times more powerful than today’s fastest machines — will need to rely on new technologies. One using CPUs alone would suck up 2 gigawatts of electricity. That’s the output of the Hoover Dam.

GPUs bend that curve. Unlike CPUs, they rely on large numbers of small, power-efficient computing cores that can handle up to 10 times more operations per unit of energy.

The payoff from machines efficient enough to reach exaflop speeds could be enormous. An exaflop computer would have the potential to provide unprecedented insight into the workings of human brain. Or lead to breakthroughs in personalized medicine.

GPUs Already Playing Key Role

The NSCI will extend efforts now underway at the U.S. Department of Energy, the Department of Defense and the National Science Foundation. GPUs play a key role. Last November, the U.S. Department of Energy unveiled plans to build two GPU-powered supercomputers.

Faster supercomputers are key to the development of technologies such as fusion power.

Each so called pre-exascale system will deliver at least 100 petaflops of computing performance. One — the Summit system at Oak Ridge National Laboratory, designed for open science — is expected to be 150 petaflops. That’s more than three times the peak speed of today’s fastest supercomputer.

The United States isn’t alone in its bid to build faster supercomputers. China and other nations have exascale aspirations, but this move by the Obama administration is designed to help get the U.S. there first.

New Architectures

Building ever faster machines will require rethinking the way these machines are built. For example, one key new technology we’re developing, the high-speed NVLink interconnect, will help the CPUs and GPUs inside supercomputers exchange data 5 to 12 times faster. NVLink will play a key role in the next-generation Summit system at Oak Ridge and in the Sierra system at Lawrence Livermore National Labs.

NVLink will help the CPUs and GPUs inside supercomputers exchange data 5 to 12 times faster.

A key focus for NCSI is developer productivity and portability.  We recently announced a free toolkit around OpenACC, which dramatically simplifies programming for parallel processors, whether it’s x86 CPUs or GPUs. With OpenACC, the same code can run on different exascale architectures, delivering performance portability on any system.

New Applications

The stakes are high. Scientists are already dreaming up new applications for a new generation of supercomputers. The European Commission’s Human Brain Project, for example, hopes to use exaflop computers to better understand the workings of the mind. And the White House’s own Precision medicine initiative is working to harness supercomputers to speed the advance of personalized medicine.

Exciting times ahead for supercomputing.

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Peter Orullian is a senior product marketing manager at Microsoft. 

Windows 10 is the best Windows for gaming. Here’s why:

  • First, Windows 10 makes the PC games and services you own even better.
  • Second, it makes great new games possible on Windows with technology like DirectX 12 and Xbox Live.
  • Third, it brings Xbox experiences to your Windows 10 PCs in ways that are meaningful to PC gamers.

Let’s start with how Windows 10 makes your PC games and services better. Windows 10 maximizes the system resources games get to help them run efficiently. You’ll appreciate this during those intense battles where every second counts. The Start menu is back and better than ever. And Windows is faster to start up and shut down.

With Windows 10, the Start menu is back and better than ever.

Windows 10 comes with what’s called the Game bar. This lets you record game clips or take screenshots from the PC games you already have, including games from Steam or other gaming services. Simply hit Windows + G, and the Game bar pops up. Once you’ve recorded the clip, it’s easy to post to YouTube or your favorite social network. And with more and more PC games supporting controllers, Windows 10 natively supports Xbox gaming accessories (including the upcoming Xbox Elite Wireless Controller).

Now, let’s talk about the games themselves. First, let’s talk about graphics performance. DirectX 12 in Windows 10 unlocks the full potential of your PC’s graphics hardware. DirectX 12 will power new games that push the limits of graphics and realism — like Unreal Tournament from Epic and Deus Ex: Mankind Divided from Square Enix. Microsoft Studios is also investing in DirectX 12 with the upcoming Fable Legends and Gears of War: Ultimate Edition.

Fable Legends is one of many upcoming Windows games that will benefit from Windows 10’s support for DirectX 12.

And that’s not all. Many other great games are coming to Windows 10, including Killer Instinct, Minecraft and Sea of Thieves from Rare. And we’ve expanded the ID@Xbox program to Windows developers, with dozens of great new games like Cuphead, Super Dungeon Brothers, Pinball FX 2 and many more also coming to Windows 10.

Now, let’s talk about Xbox. As a PC gamer, you’re probably asking “Why does this matter to me?” We know that a lot of gamers play on both PC and Xbox, and we wanted to make it easy to get the best of both worlds. Windows 10 comes with the new Xbox app built-in. The Xbox app puts you in touch with the largest gaming community across Windows 10 devices and Xbox One. You can voice and text chat from PC to PC and PC to console — even while playing your existing PC games. New games like Gigantic and Fable Legends use the Xbox Live multiplayer service (which is completely free on PC) and let you play with or against players on Xbox One.

And Xbox Live cloud saves let you start a game on one device and pick up where you left off on another.

Last but certainly not least: If you have an Xbox One, we make it super simple for you to play your Xbox One games on your Windows 10 PC across your home network with game streaming. So you can get the best of both worlds — the PC games you love and access to the console experience when (and if) you want it without leaving your PC.

We at Microsoft appreciate the partnership with NVIDIA and the ongoing support of the PC gaming community.

We hope you’re as excited about Windows 10 as we are.

For more on Windows 10, visit GeForce.com.

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