10 November 2009
Nvidia has introduced the RealityServer platform for cloud computing, a combination of GPUs and software that streams interactive, photorealistic 3D applications to any web-connected PC, laptop, netbook and smart phone.
RealityServer enables developers to create a new generation of consumer and enterprise 3D web applications, all with high levels of photorealism. Automobile product engineering teams will be able to securely share and visualise complex 3D models of cars under different lighting and environmental conditions; architects and their clients will be able to review sophisticated architectural models, rendered in different settings, including day or night; and online shoppers will be able to interactively design home interiors, rearrange furniture, and view how fabrics will drape, all with accurate lighting.
The RealityServer platform is comprised of an Nvidia Tesla RS GPU-based server running RealityServer software from Mental Images. While photorealistic imagery has traditionally taken hours or days to create, this integrated solution streams images of photorealistic scenes at rates approaching an interactive gaming experience.
RealityServer software utilises Mental Images Iray technology, a physically correct ray-tracing renderer that employs the parallel Cuda architecture of Nvidia GPUs to create accurate photorealistic images by simulating the physics of light in its interaction with matter. Because ray tracing is one of the most demanding computational problems, Iray technology is designed to take advantage of the parallel computing power of Nvidia Tesla.