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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...
The 2004 release of id Software’s Doom 3 spurred many PC gamers to upgrade their rigs – with many building completely new machines with the sole intent of driving this game at its ultimate eye-candy settings. And many gamers still came up a bit short, which is just one reason why they are looking forward to jumping into the corridor-crawling fray again with the release of Doom 3 BFG Edition.Silverlight.createObject("http://d2q1944p6r21t1.cloudfront.net/files/...
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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James Grunke is a man of few words. And fewer buzzwords.

But our director of eSports doesn’t need a PowerPoint deck to make his point. All he needs is a comfortable, well-worn leather couch.

Grunke’s plopped that couch down in the middle of the sleek, new GeForce eSports Studio he’s built in our Silicon Valley campus. And he’s invited the world to take a seat.

Hang out and you can watch people from around NVIDIA drop in for sessions of CounterStrike:GO, DotA2 or League of Legends.

“I love working here,” one gamer quips, upon entering the room for the first time. “I can’t believe this exists.”

Staying connected: Inside our eSports GeForce Studio. You call it fun, we call it work. Either way it’s play. Industry hub

But the black and green room — and its dozen gleaming silver high-end Falcon Northwest Tiki mini towers — isn’t just a hangout for NVIDIANs. It’s becoming a hub for the entire industry.

Grunke is a laconic Wisconsin native with short-cropped, salt-and-pepper hair, and has led our eSports efforts for more than five years. He first got the idea to build the eSports Studio after organizing our global “World of Tanks $100K” tournament last year.

Like many NVIDIANs, Grunke got pulled in deep — he’s now a Tier 10 WoT player — and wanted to build a showcase at NVIDIA for eSports. So he got to work. He even brought the couch from home. You can see where his Doberman Pinscher, Diva, took a bit out of the right armrest. The center opened its doors last November. “But it’s still not done,” Grunke adds.

“With PC gaming, you’re never done building,” adds Clay Causin, our eSports Studio Manager who has championed the center.

‘You do this for a living?’

The eSports Studio may not be done, but it’s already looking good. And we’re not shy about showing it off. In addition to NVIDIA employees and partners, Grunke and Causin have brought in local groups of school kids to visit. “Every kid who comes through here is like ‘You do this for a living?’” Causin says.

The culprit: During its early days, our GeForce eSports Studio featured a couch that had been bitten by James Grunke’s Doberman Pinscher, Diva.

The room is stocked not just with gaming gear, but with the gear that keeps gamers connected to their competitors — and their fans. Social media services like Twitch.tv — there’s almost always a stream playing in the studio — now give gamers a way to share the action on an unprecedented scale. Championship matches now command more viewers than NBA and Major League Baseball playoffs.

Connected to the competition

And technology like Logitech digital web cameras and our own GeForce Experience technology — which gives every gamer equipped with NVIDIA GPUs the ability to live stream their games — make gaming an even more social experience. And, of course, the games in the eSports Studio are running on our latest Maxwell architecture-based GeForce 980 GPUs and G-SYNC monitors.

About the only thing that isn’t state of the art is Grunke’s couch. So it’s being replaced with sleek, new stuff. But while the couch will soon be gone, Grunke’s plan to give us all a seat right in the middle of the competitive gaming action is here to stay.

The post Our GeForce eSports Studio Brings in Gamers from Around NVIDIA, and the World appeared first on The Official NVIDIA Blog.

Behind the walls of data centers around the world, a migration’s taking place. Virtual delivery of 3D graphics is moving from the CPU to the GPU.

This was clear last week at Citrix Synergy, a conference for virtualization, mobility, networking and cloud solutions.

In separate talks, virtualization experts Rachel Berry, Thomas Poppelgaard and Dane Young each featured NVIDIA GRID vGPU graphics acceleration. It was also in sessions and demos throughout the show, including those from our partners Cisco, Dell, HP and NetApp.

Traditional virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) offerings relied solely on the support of server CPUs. But limits imposed by the CPU made it nearly impossible to get a satisfactory user experience from virtualized, interactive, media-rich applications.

As a result, virtualization had worked well only for some—primarily task workers and certain knowledge workers. Left out were those with more graphically intense workloads—graphic designers, developers, and video producers and editors.

That’s now changing. GRID technology is opening new pathways for these users by offloading graphics processing from the CPU to the GPU.

Dell, Citrix and NVIDIA technologies offer a powerful combination to get this done. With Dell PowerEdge R730 servers running Citrix XenDesktop 7 and NVIDIA GRID vGPUs, IT staff can deliver rich, PC-graphics experiences and applications to more users. Meanwhile, applications and critical data remain protected and secure in the data center.

Easy as VDI: Teams from Dell, NVIDIA and Citrix raced to set up 60 virtual desktops in 60 minutes.

At Citrix Synergy, Dell, Citrix and NVIDIA showed just how easy it is to set up VDI with NVIDIA GRID with the “#60in60 Challenge.” Four small teams—from Dell, NVIDIA and two groups of Citrix Technology Professionals—raced to set up 60 Citrix XenDesktop with NVIDIA GRID vGPU virtual desktops.

Each team had just 60 minutes using off-the-shelf hardware and software. After three rounds over the course of three days, all the teams finished within minutes of each other. NVIDIA’s Team Green achieved the fastest time with 60 desktops in 53 minutes.

Want to setup your own GPU-enabled server? Download the GRID vGPU deployment guide to learn how.

GRID delivers on the promise of instant access to, and collaboration on, powerful applications while users are on the go. Plus, GRID allows many virtual machines to share the power of a single GPU, with no compromises in performance.

Learn how customers like Bell Helicopter, City of Waukesha, Drake University and PSA Peugeot are using VDI with NVIDIA GRID graphics acceleration to improve mobility, scalability and employee productivity.

With access to such high-quality virtualized graphics, whether delivered via desktop or to devices far afield, the great data center migration looks to continue.

The post The Great Data Center Migration: Why Virtualized 3D Graphics Are Moving to GPUs appeared first on The Official NVIDIA Blog.