by Adam Armstrong

NVIDIA Unveils New RTX Solutions at SIGGRAPH 2019

Last year at SIGGRAPH, NVIDIA announced its RTX technology, among other announcements. This year the company has announced that RTX is in many more applications expanding the reach of the technology through the industry. NVIDIA is also announcing NVIDIA RTX studio laptops and mobile workstations and vendors such as Dell, HP, Lenovo and BOXX.

RTX technology is designed to unleash the full potential of NVIDIA’s Turing architecture. As we said previously, the Turing architecture is a result of over 10,000 engineering-years of effort. 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. The other cores leveraged, Tensor, are stated to accelerate deep learning training and inferencing, providing up to 500 trillion tensor operations a second. This combination can simulate the physical world at 6x the speed of the previous Pascal generation.

Since its release, many have seen the benefits of the technology with several applications embracing it. RTX is especially beneficial in applications that leverages ray tracing and AI. The new applications that are embracing NVIDIA RTX include:

  • 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.

On the hardware side of things, ten new designs of laptops and mobile workstations that support NVIDIA RTX were announced bring the total models to 27. These new laptops and workstations will bring real-time ray tracing, advanced AI and ultra-high-resolution video editing to mobile users and those on the go. The designs come from Lenovo, Dell, HP, and BOXX. The computers leverage either GeForce RTX 2060 GPUs or Quadro RTX 5000. The new models include:

  • Lenovo Legion Y740 Laptop Studio Edition features up to GeForce RTX 2080 GPUs within 17- and 15-inch laptops, available later this fall.
  • Lenovo ThinkPad P53 and P73 mobile workstations support up to Quadro RTX 5000 GPUs within 17- and 15-inch systems. The ThinkPad P53 is available now; the ThinkPad P73 will be available starting August.
  • Dell Precision 7540 and Dell Precision 7740 mobile workstations, available today, are configurable with up to Quadro RTX 5000 GPUs.
  • HP ZBook 15 and 17 mobile workstations feature Quadro RTX GPUs, with the 17-inch model configurable with up to a Quadro RTX 5000.
  • BOXX GoBOXX SLM mobile workstations are available with a Quadro RTX 3000 GPU in the 15-inch system and either Quadro RTX 4000 or 3000 in the 17-inch system.

NVIDIA also launched its NVIDIA Studio Driver. This driver optimizes creative apps that are updated around SIGGRAPH including OTOY Octane Render, Blender, Autodesk Arnold, Maxon Cinema 4D, Substance Painter by Adobe and Magix VEGAS Pro. The new driver adds support for 30-bit color in OpenGL apps such as Adobe Photoshop and Premiere for all GPUs.

NVIDIA will be at booth 1303 and 1313 at SIGGRAPH this year.

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