Nvidia's new GPUs can handle real-time ray tracing

NVIDIA Officially Announces Turing GPU Architecture at SIGGRAPH 2018

"Our new Quadro RTX professional GPUs are the industry's first to integrate Samsung's high-speed GDDR6 memory technology", said Bob Pette, Vice President, Professional Visualization, NVIDIA. Despite my (misplaced) confidence that Nvidia wouldn't jump the gun and go straight to 20-series, the latest teaser vid makes a strong case than the next generation's launch flagship will be called the RTX 2080 and will be based on the Turing GPU architecture.

Also built into the Quadro GTX cards is hardware support for the recently announced VirtualLink standard.

Today at the professional graphics-focused SIGGRAPH conference, NVIDIA's Jen-Hsun Huang has unveiled details on their much-rumored next GPU architecture, codenamed Turing.

Nvidia has been touting Ray Tracing for months now, after the company started pushing hard into development tools for their users that could further leverage the expensive but gorgeous lighting rendering technique. "And film studios and production houses can now realize increased throughput with their rendering workloads, leading to significant time and cost savings".

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Ray tracing is what makes shadows and light render more realistically in a computer-generated scene but it's a hard effect to obtain in real-time as it requires substantial computing power. The Turing architecture also features Tensor Cores, processors to accelerate deep-learning training and inferencing for up to 500T tensor operations a second.

Advanced programmable shading technologies to improve the performance of complex visual effects and graphics-intensive experiences. Interactive graphics driven by GPUs offer speed and responsiveness. This lets multiple cards to interface together and deliver their processing power to a virtual reality headset through a single USB-C connection. One of the chatters' handles is "RoyTeX", whose capitalization nearly certainly alludes to the RTX branding introduced last night on the Quadro RTX series of graphics cards.

Quadro RTX GPUs will be available starting in the fourth quarter.

The Santa Clara, California-based company's shares have risen more than 50 per cent over the past year, backed by data centre chip sales that more than doubled to $1.9 billion its last fiscal year. It also would allow the artist to take advantage of its new AI-based capabilities to help manage their workflow and enjoy fluid interactivity with scenes and complex models. NVIDIA is happy to announced endorsements from some of the top graphics software companies and it has made its Material Definition Language SDK available as open source.

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