Nvidia's long-rumored Turing GPU architecture for next-generation graphics cards is finally official, and it's more than we could have hoped for. The main selling point of the chips is an improvement in purported "ray tracing", or the ability for the chip to recreate how light rays will bounce around in a visual scene. "And film studios and production houses can now realize increased throughput with their rendering workloads, leading to significant time and cost savings".
However, Monday's announcement was geared more at designers, film artists and the enterprise segment than actual gamers.
During a briefing on the new GPU line, Pette said: "When I joined this business twenty years ago, real-time ray tracing was the holy grain of computer graphics". These Tensor Cores will essentially deliver up to 500 trillion tensor operations a second and accelerate deep learning training and inferencing.
Advanced programmable shading technologies to improve the performance of complex visual effects and graphics-intensive experiences.
The first implementation of ultra-fast Samsung 16Gb GDDR6 memory to support more complex designs, massive architectural datasets, 8K movie content and more. VR support is included as well, thanks to VirtualLink support that will let users power virtual reality headsets over just one USB-C cable. It uses an algorithm that can trace the path of light and then simulate the way the light interacts with the virtual objects it falls upon in the computer-generated world. They are expected to be available from Q4, and will also be integrated into professional workstations from manufacturers like HP, Lenovo and Dell. Shares of Nvidia were up 1.6% in pre-market trade Tuesday.
Not only that, Nvidia has also coupled its RTX development with AI along with a key Graphical application that will help countless designers and artists to take advantage of the RTX development while using Nvidia Turing based GPUs. The biggest value added in the new architecture is its hybrid rendering capability, which combines RT Cores to speed ray tracing and Tensor Cores for AI to offer real-time ray tracing for the first time, said the release.
Nvidia has developed graphics processing units (GPU) based on a new architecture called Turing which it says will open up an estimated $250 billion 3D effects industry and give a leg-up to filmmakers.
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