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Sorry folks for the delay in announcing the winner for May's Photo Contest - we had an issue with the search function and needed to make sure all entries were considered. Without further ado, on to the results! Alex Savin has been submitting some excellent images from his European adventures for some time now, and his "Fontana di Trevi" is a wonderful example of stereo photography that just plain works. The composition is top notch and the image is sharp throughout, which...
James Cameron continues to pioneer 3D technology. With the first Avatar he showed what 3D could add to the film experience. After criticizing the fast conversions from 2D to 3D that many Hollywood studios have released since Avatar, Cameron oversaw a team that turned Titanic into a 3D blockbuster. That film has been a commercial and critical success, showing what a year of meticulous conversion and $18 million can add to a 15-year-old movie. The director talks about Avatar,...
Marvel Entertainment was one of the first major Hollywood companies to commit to 3D movies. Beginning last summer, every movie based on a Marvel comic property was to be either filmed in 3D or converted to 3D for theatrical and home entertainment releases. When this mandate came down, Ari Arad (Iron Man), producer of Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance, turned to NVIDIA to help with the production of the Sony Pictures sequel, which is now out on Blu-ray 3D, Blu-ray and DVD....
People are flocking to the theater to take in Pixar’s latest animated film, Brave, which we recommend seeing in 3D, of course. After seeing the movie you can relive the adventure by picking up the gorgeous Brave: The Video Game for PC. The third-person action/adventure game lets you play the role of Princess Merida—Pixar’s first female lead character—as you follow her adventures in a family-friendly storyline based on the film. Engage in bow-and-arrow and sword combat and...
At E3 Namco thrilled hip-hop loving fans of its Tekken series by announcing that none other than the “Doggfather” of hip-hip himself, Snoop Dogg, has recorded the title track for its upcoming Tekken Tag Tournament 2. Better still, for his myriad fans, a special Snoop-themed fighting stage will be featured in the game. And that’s not all… NVIDIA has partnered with Namco to produce an exclusive 3D version of the game’s title track, “Knock ‘Em Down”. The video made its national...

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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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