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NVIDIA Demos "Digital Ira" With Faceworks On Next-Gen SoC, Under Ubuntu 45

MojoKid writes "NVIDIA is holding a tech event currently in Montreal to showcase a number of the tools and technologies the company has developed to foster state of the art in game development. NVIDIA's VP of Content and Technology, Tony Tomasi took a moment to show off Faceworks, and the 'Digital Ira' face that they've demoed at various events over the last year or so. This particular demo was a little different, however, in that it was running on Logan test kit. If you're unfamiliar, Logan is the codename for one of NVIDIA's next-gen mobile SoCs, which features a Kepler-based GPU, like current GeForce GTX 600 and 700 series parts. The demo ran perfectly smooth and the quality of imagery was as good as we've seen on any other platform to date, console, PC or mobile. Incidentally, the demo was running on an Ubuntu Linux OS."
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NVIDIA Demos "Digital Ira" With Faceworks On Next-Gen SoC, Under Ubuntu

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  • by lesincompetent ( 2836253 ) on Thursday October 17, 2013 @11:31AM (#45153363)
    I wonder wether the supposed rudeness of Linus' finger had a positive awakening effect on Nvidia after all...
    • by MrDoh! ( 71235 )
      !Can't be that, everyone said that was a terrible way to be professional and get things done.
    • I think it has more to do with the fact that ATI/AMD locked up the console market for the next gen with Wii U, XBox One and PS4 contracts. Nvidia had to find a new market to shift to, which meant Android devices and Steam boxes. Both meant improving Linux Nvidia drivers.

  • I would be afraid of releasing a tool that automated facial expressions for fear of getting hit with a dozen patent letters.

    • Re: (Score:3, Funny)

      by MrDoh! ( 71235 )
      I smiled outside an Apple Store once and was told my grin was too rounded.
  • Buzzword bingo much?
    • by Anonymous Coward

      Wouldn't State of the Art game development involve something other than graphics presentation? Like maybe the game, and gameplay elements? A fps engine is not a game.

      • by Anonymous Coward
        Hey, jackass - NVIDIA is showcasing tools and technologies used to make games, not the games themselves.
      • It is, however, an extremely important game development tool. They are showcasing state of the art tools they have developed for game development, not the development of state of the art games. At least, that's what TFS is claiming: it sounds like it's written by Nvidia's PR department... which, actually, wouldn't surprise me. Well, except PR writing generally tends to be of a bit higher quality than the summary (so, don't think my comment was critical of your misunderstanding: poor writing begets poor unde

  • Kepler, Logan, Ira, What's-that-face, whatever.

    "If you are unfamiliar", it says.

    • The icing on the cake is that the article apparently contains no video. Isn't this about a demonstration of video rendering technology? No, I didn't bother to read the article, and no, there is no cake.
  • seems like Apple and qualcomm rule most of the market. i rarely see any new device coming out that doesn't have apple or qualcomm soc's in there

    • by diguy ( 123146 )

      They make the Tegra which is used in some tablets


    • Tegra 2 and 3 were pretty popular. Tegra 4 seems less so. Maybe Tegra 5 will be more popular. Whatever - competition is always good!

      Devices that used Tegra [wikipedia.org]

      • by Anonymous Coward

        Which is a little bit disappointing, considering the Tegra 4 performs really nicely in the Shield.

  • by Anonymous Coward

    Damn Provos!

    • by Anonymous Coward

      Indeed. I thought the article would be about Irish cyber-terrorists funded by American hypocrites.

      P.S. I apologise for using the prefix "cyber".

  • by Dega704 ( 1454673 ) on Thursday October 17, 2013 @12:20PM (#45153833)
    Nvidia must be confident about the Steam Machines, given the development effort they have been putting into Linux (I doubt Linus' middle finger was the main motivator, although a nice public shaming didn't seem to hurt either). It makes sense, though. AMD seemingly won the entire console market this time around, but Nvidia then said that it wasn't worth the thin profit margins. If the Steam Machines are as successful as a lot of us are hoping, then Nvidia could wind up being the real winner if they keep their Linux driver as far ahead as it is. It makes you wonder how much they knew about Valve's plans when they ceded all three major consoles to AMD.
    • by ledow ( 319597 ) on Thursday October 17, 2013 @01:00PM (#45154375) Homepage

      AMD and Intel will always get a win here or there, that's the nature of business. If you undercut someone enough to make a loss-leader product that's technically inferior, but sell it well enough, someone big will buy it so they can push out units. In the same way that no console is ever "state-of-the-art", there are a myriad decisions where the balance of value, cost, specifications and real-world performance combine to win the business.

      But nVidia, it has to be said, has the lead generally. There are markets here and there and individual counter-examples, but nVidia really does the better job. As someone who owned one of the early 3DFX's, and through ATI Xpert@Work series and a myriad cards in between and through to the present day, I can't honestly consider non-nVidia things nowadays and I'll happily add £200 to a laptop price to get an equivalent model with nVidia graphics. And that's a laptop. And though I'm not your overclocker-ever-fps-counts-twitch-gaming gamer, I play a damn lot of games and spend a lot of money on them, and my preference is nVidia on a laptop (game anywhere with one machine, and even in a power cut, and not worry about 60/120fps pettiness) and run demanding OpenCL software.

      The Steambox using nVidia would have been my only choice. It would be suspicious and laughed at if they'd said to use AMD or Intel on a gaming box with such a high recommended spec (even though a lot of the work on Linux drivers has been focused on getting everything out of Intel chipsets). Remember, "SteamBox" means nothing - it's just a collection of hardware that runs Steam OS so there will be AMD Steam Boxes from someone at some point (and they'll probably run AMD chips instead of Intel, too). They may be slightly cheaper and have slightly more bugs and slightly less performance but they won't be vastly different in terms of value for money if they are expect to be sold to people.

      I would love Steam Box / SteamOS. I'd probably never install it on anything. That's from someone who was on Steam on day one and has got his ex-wife, girlfriend, brother, and even parents into having their own personal Steam accounts (whether that's 100 hrs on TF2 for my brother or 1000 hrs on Bookworm for my mum, or 10 hours on point-and-click adventure for my girlfriend). I wouldn't give them a SteamBox, because they don't need it with personal laptops, but I imagine they could be a serious contender if we can get the line "Which console will you buy this year? Playstation? Xbox? Wii? Or SteamBox?" into the public media.

      However, the controller and the EXISTENCE of the OS is incredibly interesting. And the best bit is that a "Steam Box" doesn't exist as a thing... you'll get people making "overclocker's Steam Machines" and budget Raspberry-Pi-style "Nano-Steam Machines". THAT'S the exciting bit.

      What card is in there is moot so long as people AREN'T able to tell just from playing on it. And AMD can play catch-up incredibly quickly if it becomes as popular as we hope. Hell, they only have to release one decent open driver for one particular chipset and EVERYONE will jump on it to make Steam Machines from it because it's the one with the open driver.

      The biggest excitement? This is yet-another-device that will be in the home and may become a household name that will run Linux. Everyone has a TomTom or a Kindle or an Android device, and now we're pushing Linux into it's traditionally-regarded weak market. Once you get a household with Linux on everything else but the home PC, how long is it before the home PC doesn't even come with a Windows license anymore? Hell, I see people selling Windows/Android laptops and netbooks and tablet PC's already.

      That's the exciting part, not that the only decent gaming cards are announced to go into a gaming computer that can use anything it likes.

    • Steam Machines are ALREADY successful, they are called gaming PCs. The biggest hurdle is educating and redefining the terms. SO many people are still under the impression that Steam Machine = Workstation PC that also plays games.
    • Incidentally, the newest fglrx AMD Graphic Driver supports the new 3.12 Kernel -- Nvidia doesn't. There is also a huge performance boost to AMD Cards with the 3.12 Kernel; AMD is picking up speed on Linux. As far as quality, even on Windows Nvidia is better so I wouldn't expect AMD to be better anytime soon. There is one place where AMD surpasses Nvidia, that's the Open Source driver. Nvidia doesn't have an Open Source driver, but some kids managed to hack a bit and create one; although not official and not

      • by gerddie ( 173963 )

        There is also a huge performance boost to AMD Cards with the 3.12 Kernel;

        That is only [phoronix.com] because a problem with the ondemand performance governor was corrected [anzwix.com].

        I still have an AMD based system though (cpu, chipset, and gpu).

  • The Irish Republican Army is digital now? Is that like a semi-military botnet?

  • Sounds like Microsoft Bob all over again.

    They should call Melinda Gates and get her input.

APL hackers do it in the quad.