Monday, 17 December, 2018

NVIDIA's Latest Turing GPU set to Revolutionize Ray-Tracing and AI

NVIDIA Officially Announces Turing GPU Architecture at SIGGRAPH 2018 Nvidia unveils Turing-based Quadro RTX family
Allan Lindsey | 17 August, 2018, 18:00

With Turing and Quadro RTX proving accurate, and real-time ray tracing being pushed so hard by the graphics industry, it's very possible that Nvidia's more potent GeForce cards could indeed adopt RT cores and the RTX branding.

Huang said the Turing architecture is the "Holy Grail of computer graphics" and its most important innovation in more than a decade, and the greatest leap since the invention of the CUDA GPU in 2006.

NVIDIA today reinvented computer graphics with the launch of the NVIDIA Turing™ GPU architecture. "Hybrid rendering will change the industry, opening up wonderful possibilities that enhance our lives with more lovely designs, richer entertainment and more interactive experiences".

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. Ray tracing was a major component of Nvidia's Turing architecture announcement at Siggraph.

Nvidia says Turing can render graphics 6x faster than its Pascal-based chips.

The Quadro RTX Server will be a combination of the new RTX GPUs and Quadro Infinity software. "This means we can iterate faster, more frequently and with higher quality settings".

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"We have been able to operate and optimise performance across the stack, removing bottlenecks, and creating new ideas that break Moore's law".

The Turing architecture's ray-tracing engine is powered by new "RT Cores" that are used to accelerate computing operations to determine how light can interact with its environment in a 3-D space. Indeed, the new RT cores allow ray tracing to perform at 25x that of the company's previous Pascal architecture. Other applications include "denoising", resolution scaling and video retiming.

"We would recommend investors not let any choppiness in a clearly transitional period distract from what we expect to be a powerful upgrade cycle when Turing launches this Fall", he said.

NVIDIA announced its first Turing architecture-based GPUs, which enables designers and artists to render photorealistic scenes in real time, add new AI-based capabilities to their workflows, and enjoy fluid interactivity with complex models and scenes.

These capabilities are brought together by Nvidia's RTX development platform, which supports ray-tracing APIs, including Microsoft's DirectX Raytracing, Khronos' Vulkan and Nvidia's own OptiX, that have been optimized for Turing.

The new Quadro cards will be available starting in this year's fourth quarter. He believes it's all part of Nvidia's broader mission to grab market share away from chip giant Intel. The same day, YouTuber AdoredTV published a video claiming that Nvidia's next high-end GeForce GPUs would be called the RTX 2080 and RTX 2070, ditching the long-standing "GTX" moniker.

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