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NVIDIA LAUNCHES THE WORLD'S FIRST INTERACTIVE RAY TRACING ENGINENVIDIA OptiX Engine Joins Groundbreaking Suite of Application Acceleration Engines SIGGRAPH 2009, NEW ORLEANS-Aug. 4, 2009- NVIDIA, the leader in GPU computing, today introduced the NVIDIA OptiX ray tracing engine, part of a suite of application acceleration engines for software developers. NVIDIA acceleration engines make it easy to incorporate valuable, high-performance capabilities into applications, while simultaneously reducing development time.NVIDIA application acceleration engines unveiled at Siggraph 2009 include: NVIDIA OptiX engine for real-time ray tracing NVIDIA SceniX engine for managing 3D data and scenes NVIDIA CompleX... Read more...
After years of delays (including one cancelation), developer change-ups, and a lot of hard work, Terminal Reality succeeded in bringing a Ghostbusters game to market for the PS3, XBox 360, Wii, and PC. Terminal Reality committed to building their own graphics engine—dubbed the Infernal Engine—to facilitate game development; we recently had a chance talk with them about the game, the new engine, and the future of multi-core gaming. The questions were answered by Mark Randel, President and Founder and Joe Kreiner, VP of Sales and Marketing...An Interview With Game Developer Terminal Reality ... Read more...
After years of delays (including one cancelation), developer change-ups, and a lot of hard work, Terminal Reality succeeded in bringing a Ghostbusters game to market for the PS3, XBox 360, Wii, and PC. Terminal Reality committed to building their own graphics engine—dubbed the Infernal Engine—to facilitate game development; we recently had a chance talk with them about the game, the new engine, and the future of multi-core gaming. The questions listed below were answered by Mark Randel, President and Founder and Joe Kreiner, VP of Sales and Marketing... Ghostbusters Game Trailer HotHardware: Implementing effective multi-core support in a video game has historically been a challenge,... Read more...
Although most of us will admit that no one is perfect, Apple fanatics love to poke fun at Microsoft’s many patches designed to fix holey and buggy software. Now, Italian systems engineer Piergiorgio Zambrini has found a bug that can crash the iPhone and other devices such as the iPod and Apple computers. Zambrini isn’t releasing the technical details of the bug right now, but Forbes.com was able to confirm that the bug Zambrini found did in fact crash the latest generation of iPhones. The bug is in the audio portion of Apple’s video format. A person who knows of the bug could potentially incorporate it into a video file and trigger a crash whenever that file is accessed. Most of Apple’s operating... Read more...
On Thursday Webkit, the open source browser engine that is notably used in both Safari and Chrome, announced that it is the first browser engine to fully pass the Web Standards Project (WaSP) Acid3 test. In late March Webkit announced it had achieved "most" of the Acid3 test, with the only missing issue the fact that part of the Acid3 test is that the animation during the test must be "smooth." That same month, another engine, Presto, achieved the 100/100 rendering below, but it still has not achieved "smooth" animation. As you can see in the results dialog which you receive by clicking on the “A” in Acid3, there is confirmation that Webkit indeed passed the smooth animation condition on a 2.4GHz... Read more...
Sometimes we have to remind ourselves here at HotHardware that us editors and our loyal readers do not necessarily represent typical Internet users. Many of us consider ourselves to be "power users," and feel we know how to leverage the available tools to find exactly what we are looking for online. Which is why it came as a surprise to us to learn that on average, "the percentage of internet users who use search engines on a typical day... [is] just under one-half (49%)." This revelation comes from a recent survey conduced by the Pew Internet & American Life Project. We were under the (mistaken) impression that search engines were such an integral pat of online life that nearly anyone who... Read more...
Microsoft and Yahoo aren't the only companies looking to compete with Google in the search business. In fact, this morning a new startup called Cuil opened its virtual doors for the world to start using its search engine. So, on this morning we ask, how is Cuil different from all other search engines? The site claims: "Cuil (pronounced COOL) is a search engine that combines the largest Web index with content-based relevance methods, organized results, and complete user privacy. The company's next generation approach to search is the result of proprietary breakthroughs in search architecture and ranking algorithms."Ciul claims to have an index of 120 billion pages, which it states is "three times... Read more...
If you're a software engineer fresh out of college, most people would think you'd be interested in going to work for the biggest, most stable company you could find, and pay off those student loans. It's not necessarily the case. The fight over the best talent in the industry is being won by small, cutting edge startups that promise more intimate work environments -- and a much bigger potential payoff if your little company turns into a big success. Ben Newman, 23, who expects to graduate from Stanford in June with a master's degree in computer science, is among those young pedigreed engineers who prefer the intimacy and excitement of a smaller company over the security Relevant Products/Services... Read more...
It's been a while since we looked at AGEIA's PPU, and things have slowly started looking better and better for PhysX as time rolled on.  Perhaps the largest boon to the whole PPU concept thus far might be Epic's support for AGEIA's APEX (Adaptive Physics EXtensions) in their Unreal Tournament 3 Engine, which will likely end up at the heart of many upcoming titles.It seems that APEX powered UT3 levels, originally slated to see the light of day in early 2008, are coming home for the holidays!“To showcase the power of the PhysX UT3 Mod-Kit and the PhysX processor, AGEIA Technologies is rolling out a series of Extreme PhysX Mod Levels for UT3 available as a free download starting today. The... Read more...
No, we (China) really, really don't want you to hear anything about the Dalai Lama.  Or so that's the theory behind search engines such as Yahoo, Google, and Windows Live Search being redirected to Baidu.Various reports indicate that YouTube, Yahoo, Google, and Windows Live Search are all being redirected to Baidu, in a possible move to block out news of the Dalai Lama's receipt of the Congressional Gold Medal.Such a move would not be surprising, considering China has already done something similar in the past. In 2002, it redirected Google surfers away from the site ahead of the Communist Party Congress meetings.In what should surprise no one, there's been no comment from Chinese authorities.... Read more...
World of Warcraft will run just about any PC that has been shipped in the past 5 years.  Blizzard has obviously spent a lot of time optimizing the game so that it runs well on even the lowest end PC with integrated graphics, and to be honest it still looks pretty decent at those lower settings.  Blizzard has continued to strive to make the game more enjoyable for players on a budget by acquiring a license from a 3rd party developer to integrate a new software sound engine that allows for audio effects similar to those produced by users with a high-end card.So what happens to people who have sound cards?  Apparently they're complaining that they are experiencing a serious downgrade in the game's... Read more...
The TIGTA (Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration) has recently run a survey of the IRS to determine how well the agency would respond to a little old fashioned social engineering.TIGTA callers posed as helpdesk representatives and requested assistance changing a password.  The results are quite surprising: “In 61 of 102 cases, the TIGTA caller was able to convince an IRS employee to change his or her password as requested. Furthermore, only eight of the 102 IRS employees contacted actually contacted the audit team, the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration Office of Investigations, or the IRS computer security organization. These results indicate an ongoing problem for... Read more...
Charlie from the Inq is reporting that engineers at AMD are 'dancing in the aisles' because a new stepping of the company's Barcelona core turned out much better than expected.  The memory controller supposedly turned out very well and initial CPU clock speeds will be higher than originally planned. "AMD is doing something that we haven't seen a chip company do in a long time, sandbagging its official roadmaps. A while ago we told you about the intended launch frequencies, basically 1.9-2.5GHz, but that was before B0 parts came back." There's no video footage of AMD engineers doing the cabbage-patch at their headquarters, but this is an interesting rumor nonetheless.  We... Read more...
Fileshack has a new video showcasing Crytek's CryEngine 2 game engine, which will be featured in the upcoming DX10 shooter Crysis. If you haven't seen what this game engine can do or what Crysis looks like in action, do youself a favor and give this 126MB video a download.  The visual effects are so good, I'll guarantee you'll be impressed.... Read more...
In a job posting on AMD.com, it seems that the company is already looking for engineers to take on the challenge of the always shrinking die. AMD has started shipping 65 nm CPUs a few months ago, and one would imagine that 22 nm is probably a few years out at the least. "DESCRIPTION OF POSITION: This position is for technical assignment within the AMD/IBM research alliance in New York. Primary responsibilities of this position will include generation of detailed lithography requirements for the 32 nm and 22 nm nodes, including overlay, CD, and focus budgets. Projects will consist of research in advanced optical lithography, EUV lithography,... Read more...
Jimmy Wales, founder of the immensely popular Wikipedia, has decided to build a rival search engine to compete with Google. He calls his new search engine Wikiasari. Like Wikipedia, the new search engine will rely on the support of a volunteer community of users. The idea is that Web surfers and programmers will be able to bring their collective intelligence to bear, to fine-tune search results and make the experience more effective for everyone. "If you search in Google, a lot of the results are very, very good and a lot of the results are very, very bad," says Wales. What that shows, Wales says, is that mathematical formulas alone do not produce... Read more...
 Google is going to make Microsoft look like a lemonade stand if they keep releasing useful things at the rate they're going. The latest is a customizable search engine: Not satisfied that it has given Web users enough tools to refine data on the Internet, Google will launch Custom Search Engine Tuesday, a product designed to cull search results from only those sites specified by the searcher. Users who create their own topic-specific search engines with the new tool, and share them via a search box on a web site, will be able to make money from ads placed by Google (nasdaq: GOOG - news - people ) on search result pages as part of the company's revenue-sharing AdSense program. Now that... Read more...
This one might bring a whole new meaning to one of my favorite discs of all time, Jimi Hendrix's "Smash Hits"... "Information on the glass CD is read by laser. Because existing plastic CDs are not completely transparent, information on them cannot be read perfectly. They are also susceptible to bending or warping if left in sunlight or humid areas, which leads to sound distortion. As glass CDs are completely transparent, information on them can be read perfectly, improving sound quality. They are not affected by heat or humidity and remain in perfect condition forever." Yeah, except when my 6 year-old decides she's going to play frisbee with that sucker.  Then it's... Read more...
VarBusiness is reporting that IBM is "quietly" laying off approximately 400 engineers from their Bladecenter development group.  The move comes as IBM is trying to restructure and cut cost due to a lower than expected 2nd quarter earnings in the Systems and Technology Group.  The job cuts are expected to affect engineers in several locations around the country.  Each engineer has been given an opportunity to find another job within the company within 30 days or face termination.  If employees decide to leave and or cannot locate another position within that period, then they will receive 1 weeks pay for every 6 months of service with the company.  No word has... Read more...
Well, the life of the pocket protected just got a little easier. Google has gone live with a search engine for computer code. Google is applying the same machine-driven techniques it uses to help consumers search the Web for text, images, video and books to help professional programmers as well as computer enthusiasts overcome stumbling blocks to writing code. Searchers can seek out specific programming terms or computer languages and dive deep into compressed code to locate specific features. Users also can narrow a search to find software code based on specific licensing requirements, which is a big deal in warding off future patent litigation. Google already has dozens of search engine types,... Read more...
SeattlePI has a story on-line that talks about a Ukrainian-born professor from the University of Washington that's been working a method to cool computer chips using an ionic wind. It may sound like something out of Star Trek, but ionic winds are relatively easy to generate, and have been put to use in a number of different things from basic "lifters" to the Ionic Breeze air filtration units you see offered on TV. If incorporated into the design of future processors, this technology could help cool a chip from the inside out. "A corona discharge is basically the product of some seriously electrified (or more accurately, "ionized") air molecules, also known as a plasma. St. Elmo's... Read more...
Wired has a concise article on-line outlining what they think are the Top 10 worst engineering mistakes in history. This kind of stuff always makes me laugh, then it makes me wonder what other mistakes haven't been uncovered yet that affect all of our daily lives. Like number 4 on the list, for example. Thankfully my laptop battery had a full charge that night and made it through two complete DVDs. ;) 3. Vasa, 1628 Three hundred years before the Titanic, the Vasa was the biggest sailing vessel of its day. The overloaded ship ruled the seas for all of a mile before she took on water through her too-low gun ports and promptly capsized.... Read more...
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