nVidia debuts interactive ray-tracing engine for 3D apps

OptiX engine announced for high-end 3D suites

nVidia has introduced the OptiX interactive ray tracing engine, which is part of a suite of application-acceleration engines aimed software developers who create high-end 3D suites. These engines are designed to be integrated into 3D modelling, animation and rendering suites, providing acceleration by tapping nVidia's Quadro FX line of graphics cards.

nVidia application acceleration engines unveiled at Siggraph 2009 include the OptiX engine for real-time ray tracing, the SceniX engine for managing 3D data and scenes, the CompleX engine for scaling performance across multiple GPUs, and the PhysX 64-bit engine for real-time, hyper-realistic physical and environmental effects

Described as "the world's first interactive ray tracing engine to leverage the GPU", by nVidia, the OptiX engine is a programmable ray tracing pipeline enabling software developers to easily bring extra realism to their applications using traditional C programming. By tapping into Quadro processors, the OptiX engine accelerates photorealistic rendering.

The SceniX scene management engine provides the interactive core for real-time, professional 3D graphics applications. The CompleX scene scaling engine enables applications to maintain interactivity when working with extremely large and complex models.

Already widely used within the computer games industry, the 64-bit version of PhysX will permit more accurate calculations on far larger data sets for engineers, designers and animators wanting to interrogate their data, model physical properties and breathe life into their work.

Real-world applications that take advantage of OptiX have yet to be announced.

Join the newsletter!

Or

Sign up to gain exclusive access to email subscriptions, event invitations, competitions, giveaways, and much more.

Membership is free, and your security and privacy remain protected. View our privacy policy before signing up.

Error: Please check your email address.

Tags nvidiavideoediting

Keep up with the latest tech news, reviews and previews by subscribing to the Good Gear Guide newsletter.

Digital Arts staff

Digital Arts Magazine
Show Comments

Most Popular Reviews

Latest Articles

Resources

PCW Evaluation Team

Cate Bacon

Aruba Instant On AP11D

The strength of the Aruba Instant On AP11D is that the design and feature set support the modern, flexible, and mobile way of working.

Dr Prabigya Shiwakoti

Aruba Instant On AP11D

Aruba backs the AP11D up with a two-year warranty and 24/7 phone support.

Tom Pope

Dynabook Portégé X30L-G

Ultimately this laptop has achieved everything I would hope for in a laptop for work, while fitting that into a form factor and weight that is remarkable.

Tom Sellers

MSI P65

This smart laptop was enjoyable to use and great to work on – creating content was super simple.

Lolita Wang

MSI GT76

It really doesn’t get more “gaming laptop” than this.

Featured Content

Don’t have an account? Sign up here

Don't have an account? Sign up now

Forgot password?