Nvidia Accelerates Ray-Tracing, Smartens Up AI with New Turing GPUs

Nvidia Accelerates Ray-Tracing, Smartens Up AI with New Turing GPUs

Nvidia's first Turing-based products - the Nvidia Quadro RTX™ 8000, Quadro RTX 6000 and Quadro RTX 5000 GPUs - will start shipping in the fourth quarter.

The new Turing GPU is the first among NVIDIA's Quadro family to have a dedicated RT Core hardware for ray-tracing that will enable it to deliver extremely realistic lighting effects which were previously resource-intensive to be rendered in real-time. The cheapest of the lot is, of course, the Quadro RTx 5000 and is priced $2300 whole next higher up is the Quadro RTx 6000 which is priced at $6300.

Nvidia said it is reinventing computer graphics with its newly revealed Turing graphics processor architecture - and it could bring a major shakeup in the gaming and workstation spaces, according to two partners. "Hybrid rendering will change the industry, opening up wonderful possibilities that enhance our lives with more handsome designs, richer entertainment and more interactive experiences".

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".

Nvidia has shared with the world its next game-changing GPU innovation which happens to be the world's first ray-tracing GPU.

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NVIDIA also announced a new reference design called the Quadro RTX Server, a type of GPU designed specifically for use in data centers and server farms. The architecture is used in three new GPUS within the Quadro range of cards. Nvidia is supporting the card with its own NVLink Interface that will let studios link up as many cards together as they like, but they also announced a new standard called VirtualLink.

Nvidia said this kind of performance would enable the creation of artificial intelligence-powered applications with new capabilities such as deep learning antialiasing, which is a new kind of motion image generation technology. The platform also supports Nvidia's new open-source Material Definition Language software development kit, which is a suite of tools that integrate the precise look and feel of real-world materials into rendering applications. The RT Cores are stated as accelerating the computation of how light and sound travel in 3D environments at up to 10 GigaRays a second.

Software-wise, Turing includes a plug-in architecture for deep learning and offers interoperability between rasterisation, ray tracing, compute and AI.

New and enhanced technologies to improve the performance of VR applications, including Variable Rate Shading, Multi-View Rendering and VRWorks Audio. With up to 4,608 CUDA cores, Turing supports up to 16 trillion floating point operations in parallel with 16 trillion integer operations per second.

According to Yahoo Finance, NVDA is now trading at $257.59 a share, up $1.47 (0.57%).

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