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NVIDIA ray tracing technology extends its reach to over 40 applications for professional content creators

By Wong Chung Wee - on 30 Jul 2019, 12:42pm

NVIDIA ray tracing technology extends its reach to over 40 applications for professional content creators

Image source: NVIDIA

According to NVIDIA at SIGGRAPH 2019, over 40 applications from ISVs now support RTX technology, bringing real-time ray tracing and AI to more than tens of millions of professional content creators.

NVIDIA’s customers now include corporate heavyweights like Pixar, Renault, New Balance, Woods Bagot and Siemens Healthineers make use of ray tracing in their workflows. Major game engines like Unity and Unreal Engine support real-time ray tracing, and companies like Adobe, Autodesk, Blackmagic Design and Dassault Systèmes have built their visual computing platforms to integrate NVIDIA RTX technology.

At SIGGRAPH 2019, seven ISV unveiled their new applications with support for NVIDIA RTX, they are as follows:

  • Adobe Substance Painter: RTX ray tracing accelerates baking performance up to 192x faster than CPUs.
  • Autodesk Flame: RTX Tensor Cores dramatically accelerate the new machine learning feature set of Autodesk Flame v2020.1. The built-in machine learning analysis algorithms help artists isolate, extract and modify common objects in moving footage, dramatically accelerating visual effects and compositing workflows.
  • Blender Cycles: NVIDIA OptiX 7 with CUDA dramatically accelerates performance of open source renderer.
  • Dimension 5 D5 Fusion: RTX ray tracing via UE4’s implementation of DXR allows architects and designers to quickly simulate ground truth lighting and shadows.
  • Daz 3D Daz Studio: NVIDIA Iray allows creators to assemble scenes with interactive RTX accelerated ray tracing to quickly build their artistic composition and render out in full fidelity.
  • Foundry MODO: RTX performance through OptiX in the completely redesigned MODO path-traced renderer offers a significant performance boost over CPU rendering.
  • Luxion KeyShot: RTX accelerated ray tracing and AI denoising for photorealistic visualization of 3D data for product design reviews, marketing, animations, illustrations and more via OptiX support in KeyShot 9.

RTX technology allows designers to see how their creations interact with light, shadows and reflection. The same technology can also be applied for servers for batch processing of complex visual creations. AI acceleration helps to optimize content creation workflows and even create new features for the professional end users.

Image source: NVIDIA

In the same breath, NVIDIA has announced 10 new NVIDIA RTX Studio notebooks from manufacturers that include BOXX, Dell, HP, and Lenovo. These laptops feature GeForce and Quadro RTX graphics chipsets with Max-Q design, and sport up to 16GB of video memory.

They can support up to 4K HDR displays, and feature Intel Core i7 and i9 processors, with RAM starting from 16GB onwards. In terms of software support, the notebooks have dedicated drivers and SDKs.

Image source: NVIDIA

There are also 5 new applications that support NVIDIA Studio Driver: SIGGRAPH edition.

Source: NVIDIA

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