Nvision '08 -- Visual Computing Shows Off|
Mike Pasini, The Imaging Resource
(Wednesday, August 27, 2008 - 16:10 EDT)
A special Pasini Report from Nvision 08 in San Jose puts your GPU in the spotlight.
The first trade show for the visual computing industry hosted engineers, end users, artists, gamers, scientists, programmers, hardware developers -- all bending each other's ears and joysticks about topics as far ranging as NASA imaging (where pixels can cover a meter or more), faster image manipulation, 3D imaging, video processing, gaming toolkits for movie making and more.
Our report focuses on a few topics of interest to photographers. Those include Microsoft's Photosynth service, Expression Media and HDR processing.
But the big news is what a GPU can do these days.
We're far from the days of the VGA controller that could plot text in color on your monitor. These days, GPUs process your data fast enough to mimic the real world in full motion. As we tap into higher resolution sensors, complex filters and advanced image processing, that horsepower gets the photo processing job done faster, too.
See our report for the whole story.