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NVIDIA Shows Linux Compatible Ray-Tracing Engine

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Published on 04 August 2009 02:14 PM EDT
Written by Michael Larabel in NVIDIA
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Yesterday there was the major announcement of the OpenGL 3.2 release, but the news coming out of today from New Orleans during SIGGRAPH is OptiX, which comes from the folks at NVIDIA. OptiX is a ray-tracing engine developed by NVIDIA to run on Quadro FX graphics cards and uses their CUDA architecture. Later on this year NVIDIA will then release an interactive ray-trace renderer that uses OptiX within their SceniX engine.

Information on the NVIDIA OptiX Application Acceleration Engine is available at NVIDIA.com. NVIDIA also lists four ray-tracing engine examples and do mention Linux for them, but the links are not currently available. These ray-tracing demos will still require Quadro FX hardware and also a NVIDIA 190.xx driver release or newer.

On the developer page they mention that the NVIDIA OptiX engine is Linux x86 compatible.

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