NVIDIA Turing Makes Real-Time Ray Tracing a Reality

NVIDIA Turing

Shaping up to be the biggest leap since the CUDA GPU back in 2006, Turing fuses real-time ray tracing, simulation, AI and rasterisation to fundamentally change how we look at computer graphics.

Featuring RT Cores to accelerate ray tracing, and Tensor Cores for AI inferencing, Turing pairs them together for the first time, making real-time ray tracing a reality. Turing changes the way content is created and enjoyed across a wide variety of industries, opening truly amazing creative possibilities today that were thought to be years away.

Real-time Ray Tracing Powered by Turing

RT Cores for Real-Time Ray Tracing

Armed with dedicated ray-tracing processors, named RT Cores, the computation of how light and sound travel in 3D environments is accelerated to up to 10 Giga Rays per second. Turing accelerates real-time ray tracing by 25x over the previous Pascal generation, and can be used for final frame rendering for film effects at more than 30x the speed of CPUs.

Tensor Cores for AI Acceleration

Providing up to 500 trillion Tensor operations per second, deep learning training and inferencing is accelerated by these Tensor Cores. This level of performance dramatically accelerates AI enhanced features such as denoising, resolution scaling and video re-timing.

New Streaming Multiprocessor

Raster performance over the previous Pascal generation is dramatically improved by the Turing architecture with an enhanced graphics pipeline and new programmable shading technologies. These technologies include variable-rate shading, texture-space shading, and multi-view rendering. All of this means improved VR experiences, and more fluid interactivity with large models and scenes.

CUDA for Simulation

Turing-based GPUs feature a new streaming multiprocessor (SM) architecture that supports up to 16 trillion floating point operations per second. Up to 4,608 CUDA cores with NVIDIA’s CUDA 10, FleX and PhysX SDKs mean developers can create complex simulations such as particles or fluid dynamics for scientific visualisation, virtual environments and special effects.

NVIDIA RTX Server

Currently, there is only speculation as to a release date. For now, the NVIDIA Quadro P4000, P5000 and P6000 are available at CAD Software Direct.

NVIDIA RTX Server

NVIDIA has enhanced its RTX development platform with new AI, ray tracing and simulation SDKs, to take full advantage of Turing’s capabilities. The result? Incredible designs, highly realistic simulations and stunning visual effects —faster than ever before. The NVIDIA RTX Server defines a new standard for on-demand rendering in the datacenter, enabling easy configuration of on-demand render nodes for batch and interactive rendering. It combines Quadro RTX GPUs with new Quadro Infinity software to deliver a powerful and flexible architecture to meet the demands of creative professionals. With industry leading content creation and render software pre-installed, the NVIDIA RTX Server provides a powerful and easy-to-deploy rendering solution that can scale from small installations to the largest data centers, at one quarter of the cost of CPU-only render farms.

NVIDIA Turing Optimised SDKs

NVIDIA RTX Platform

With NVIDIA Turing GPU architecture at its foundation, the NVIDIA RTX development platform fuses ray tracing, deep learning, simulation, and advanced shading to fundamentally transform the creative process. Now, designers and artists can create amazing content in a completely new way with real-time, photorealistic rendering and AI-enhanced graphics, video, and image processing.

NVIDIA NGX SDK

NVIDIA NGX is a new deep learning-based technology stack bringing AI-based features that accelerate and enhance graphics, photos imaging and video processing directly into applications. The NGX SDK provides pre-trained networks, making it easy for developers to integrate AI features.

GameWorks Ray Tracing SDK

The GameWorks Ray Tracing SDK enables ray-traced area shadows, ray-traced glossy reflections and ray-traced ambient occlusion. As part of the RTX platform, developers can create realistic, high-quality reflections that capture the scene around it and achieve physically accurate lighting and shadows.

Material Definition Language

The NVIDIA Material Definition Language (MDL) gives creatives the freedom to share physically based materials and lights between applications. Currently supported by applications including Allegorithmic Substance Designer, Chaos Group’s V-Ray, and the newly release Epic Unreal Studio 4.20, MDL SDK is now open source allowing for tighter application integrations.

Deep Learning SDK

CUDA 10 – Turing-optimized CUDA 10 includes performance optimized libraries, new programming model constructs for defining program execution, and enhanced graphics API interoperability. CUDA 10 will be releasing soon for use with Turing GPUs.

cuDNN 7.2.1 – The backbone for GPU accelerated frameworks, cuDNN 7.2 now features Tensor Core acceleration with FP32 inputs and outputs and more RNN use cases, including cell clipping and padding masks. Turing support coming soon.

Shaderlight 2018 Update Available Now

Shaderlight for SketchUp

We are excited to announce the release of a free update to Shaderlight 2018 that includes a number of feature enhancements that improve the usability of Shaderlight.

This update is available FREE to users with a Shaderlight 2018 license. Anyone with an earlier version can purchase an upgrade to access the full features of Shaderlight 2018.

Download the Update

Precise adjustment of environment rotation

The addition of a numeric entry field now makes it easier to get an accurate match of the lighting environment and background image between different SketchUp models.

Warning when closing during render

To prevent accidentally losing the progress of a long-running render, Shaderlight will now warn if you attempt to close the render window while a render is in progress.

Keep Shaderlight ‘Always on Top’

If you select the ‘Always on Top’ setting Shaderlight will now keep the Shaderlight window above other windows between sessions.

Upgrade or Buy Shaderlight today at CAD Software Direct.

Maxwell Render Now Compatible with ArchiCAD 22

Maxwell ArchiCAD 22

Maxwell V4 users can update for free from the customer portal.

If you haven’t tried Maxwell Render yet, you really should! Download the trial at http://www.nextlimit.com/maxwell/try/

You can also buy Maxwell Render at CAD Software Direct. Remember, we’ve also got the Summer Price Drop until August 31st – so now is a great time to get Maxwell Render!

Vectorworks 2019 Teaser – Class & Layer Filters

Vectorworks 2019

Vectorworks are returning again this year with Teaser Tuesday! Here’s your chance for a sneak peek at updates to come in Vectorworks 2019. For the first in the series, here’s a Vectorworks 2019 update that will help you save time and make your workflow even smoother.

Most design files end up with more classes and layers than one can easily manage. In Vectorworks 2019, steps have been taken to increase efficiency by adding the ability to search, filter, and add tags to layers and classes. This means you can instantly find what you’re looking for by typing in a keyword search or using filters to display class and layers based upon specific properties. Watch the video below to see the full capabilities:

“As the amount of data in BIM files increases, it gets harder to find and manage classes and layers,” said Chad Hamilton, AIA, LEED AP, Principal Architect at Hamilton + Aitken Architects. “The new layer and class filters help sort through this information so we can quickly find what we need. This is a huge improvement, especially for offices doing more complex projects.”

Find out more by visiting CAD Software Direct/Vectorworks.

The Latest Release of Cinema 4D is Coming, and it’s a Big One.

Cinema 4D R20

It’s that time again and we’re close to the release of Cinema 4D R20!

Cinema 4D Release 20 marks a huge leap in technology, introducing massive new frameworks that put tremendous power in your creative hands. The possibilities are endless, your creativity is unleashed.

Maxon, creators of Cinema 4D, promise this will be a huge release with very exciting new features. Make sure you read to the end of this one too – we’ve got a great deal you don’t want to miss.

Node-Based Materials

From simple references to complex shaders, you can build extraordinary materials in a node-based overview. Complex effects created via nodes can be wrapped as assets and delivered as simple materials, with just the necessary parameters exposed. Release 20’s node-based materials have the power to change the way you work, whether you directly create amazing shaders through nodes or simply make use of assets shared by those who do.

cinema 4d r20 node

MoGraph Fields

Use more than just simple shapes to control effectors, deformers, weights and more. Fields will revolutionize the MoGraph feature set, making it easy to create complex effects by combining falloffs. You’ll never use Cinema 4D the same way again.

 

CAD Data Import

Say goodbye to conversion woes – most popular CAD formats can be imported with a simple drag-and-drop. Get the models you need, with the quality you want thanks to the robust and flexible import of STEP, Solidworks, JT, Catia and IGES files.

 

Volume Modeling

Better Booleans are only the beginning – create models by combining shapes, splines, particles and noises. It’s all thanks the power of voxels and OpenVDB. Import and export VDB and even use volumes to control MoGraph effects.

 

ProRender Enhancements

The next generation of native GPU rendering is here – and it’s packed with production-level features to help you get the job done. Render sub-surface scattering, motion blur and multi-passes on your super-charged Nvidia PC or your state-of-the-art iMac.

 

CORE TECHNOLOGY

Release 20 continues a push towards modern core technology, with substantial API changes and further development on a new modeling framework.

 

 

 

MULTI-INSTANCES

Manage millions of objects in Cinema 4D’s view by simply switching the Cloner to Multi-Instance mode.

 

 

 

MOTION TRACKER

The power of the Motion Tracker is tamed through key workflow enhancements.

 

 

 

Until August 31st 2018 – Full products, sidegrades and upgrades are discounted by the cost of a Maxon Service Agreement (MSA).

Place your order for Cinema 4D R19 now to get the discount, and you’ll be upgraded by your FREE 1 Year MSA to R20 when it releases! Please note that short term licenses do not upgrade to R20 short term. You will be able to upgrade a short term license to the latest version in the usual way when R20 is available.

We don’t have a date for you just yet for R20, but check in with our blog, Facebook or Twitter and you’ll be the first to know.

V-Ray NEXT for Maya beta 2 Available Now

V-Ray NEXT for Maya

The second beta of V-Ray Next for Maya is here! GPU rendering has been updated with a smart new interface and V-Ray GPU IPR is even more stable.

This beta is open to anyone, and requires SSE 4.2 compatible processor. Get the latest build and let us know how it goes.

Download Now

 

Improved IPR in V-Ray GPU

Refine the look of your scene even faster with the real-time feedback of GPU rendering. In the latest beta, V-Ray GPU IPR is much more stable.

 

New GPU rendering UI

New V-Ray GPU user interface now only shows GPU-compatible features — making it easier than ever to use V-Ray GPU in production.

 

Toon shader improvements

Improved from beta 1, the new Toon shader adds new controls for inner and outer edge outlines.

 

New Hair Glints

New glint and glitter controls in the VRayHairNextMtl more accurately simulate the way light scatters in human and animal hair.

 

New V-Ray menu

Easy access to all your favorite V-Ray tools from one place.

 

For a full list of changes, check out the release notes.

Upcoming Vectorworks Events 2018

Vectorworks 2019

Get the most out of Vectorworks by registering for and attending these events coming up this year:

16th-18th September
Plasa London
http://plasashow.com/

Great for: Vectorworks Spotlight

PLASA Show is the flagship international event for the entertainment technology industry which welcomes hundreds of exhibitors and thousands of visitors each year.

 

16th-19th September
Decorex
https://www.decorex.com

Great for Interior Design

Europe’s leading interior design event, offering the finest furniture, lighting, textiles, craft and accessories from emerging and established names alike.

 

18th September
Birmingham City University Student Workshop

 

18th-19th September
Landscape Show
http://www.landscapeshow.co.uk/

Great for: Vectorworks Landmark

Established as the essential trade event, LANDSCAPE attracts garden designers, landscape architects, landscape contractors, local authority landscaping professionals, architects, facilities managers and interior designers from all over the UK and beyond.

 

26th September
CADUser Event TBA

 

2nd October
Vectorworks Annual Design Day
https://www.vectorworks.net/designday2018

Great for: Everything Vectorworks!

The day itself is designed to showcase the capabilities that Vectorworks software brings to help streamline your workflow. Whether you are a current user or wanting to discover how Vectorworks can offer your practice a real alternative for 2D/3D/BIM workflows, there will be lots to hear and see.

 

9th October
Birmingham Event TBA

 

16th October
LI CPD Day, Manchester

Great for: Vectorworks Landmark

Over a hundred delegates and speakers attend a minimum of four seminars on diverse topics in a single day, with plenty of opportunities to network.

 

17th-18th October
Digital Construction Week

Great for: Vectorworks Architect

Innovation and Technology in the Built Environment.  The Exhibition features over 90 hours of free to attend seminars focused on innovation and technology in the built environment.  Plus more than 120 of the most exciting new and innovative companies exhibiting with us.

 

23rd October
Liverpool Event TBA

 

24th October
SBID Meet the Buyers

The SBID 20:20 is a one day annual networking event that brings together the most important designers, architects and specifiers of the international design industry, to meet face to face with the best manufacturers and suppliers of solutions. The event provides a dynamic and lucrative business environment carefully tailored to create, encourage and facilitate synergies that build key relationships.

 

15th November
Construction Computing Awards

The Construction Computing awards or “The Hammers” as they are affectionately known are back for 2018 in what will be the thirteenth running of this annual event. Once again we are looking to showcase and reward the technology, tools and solutions for the effective design, construction, maintenance and modification of commercial buildings, residential and social housing and civil engineering projects of all sizes. 

 

8th-9th November
CITA Tech Live, Dublin
https://www.citatechlive.com/

CitA Tech Live, organised by Construction IT Alliance (CitA), is a 2-day event with 50 exhibitors showcasing the latest technologies in construction. Along with 8 keynote speakers, the event will have 4 live stages where attendees will be able to see the technology in action! 

 

20th November
Edinburgh Event TBA

 

20th November
FutureScape

The UK’s number 1 landscaping trade event.  The one-day FutureScape event is packed full of networking opportunities, seminars to expand your technical knowledge, and demonstrations of brand new technologies and products.

 

26th November
Kensington & Chelsea College Student Workshop

 

Also upcoming…
SBID Breakfast Meetings to be planned, as well as a Vectorworks event for January/February 2019.

RealFlow and Maxwell Render Summer Price Drop

Next Limit Discount

From now until August 31st 2018, we’ve got big discounts on all Next Limit products including RealFlow and Maxwell Render!

 

Maxwell Render

Maxwell Render

Maxwell Render is 3D rendering software for architects and designers. Legendary for its quality and realism, Maxwell delivers great results via a simple setup which lets you focus on the lighting.

Maxwell Render is also available as a plugin for all major modelling platforms – find yours below:

Maxwell for SketchUpMaxwell for Rhino, Maxwell for MayaMaxwell for 3ds Max, Maxwell for Cinema 4DMaxwell for ArchiCADMaxwell for RevitMaxwell for formZMaxwell for MODO and Maxwell for Rhino Mac.

 

RealFlow

RealFlow

RealFlow is an industry-standard, out-of-the-box fluid simulation software. Fast and easy to use, it is compatible with ALL major 3D platforms. You can use RealFlow for small to large scale simulations, ocean surfaces, body dynamics and much more.

As well as a standalone renderer compatible with all major 3D platforms, RealFlow for Maya and RealFlow for Cinema 4D allow you to work directly within your modeller without breaking your workflow.

 

Big Offers from Vectorworks (Free VSS!)

Vectorworks Offers

Now is a great time to buy or upgrade Vectorworks. We’ve got some amazing offers that you should definitely take a look at whether you’re new to Vectorworks, or even a current VSS subscriber.

1 Year Free VSS for New Customers*

From August 1st to September 11th 2018, new customers buying new Vectorworks licenses will get 1 year VSS for free. Free VSS through this offer will renew on 1st September 2019. As if you need convincing when it’s free, you can still read our post Why Should I Have Vectorworks VSS.

50% Module Discounts

As an added bonus, new customers will find the cost of adding a module is discounted by a very generous 50%. Modules included are Architect, Landmark and Spotlight.

What about Existing Customers?

If you’re still using Vectorworks 2015, there won’t be a better time to upgrade to the latest version. Once Vectorworks 2019 is released, you’ll no longer be able to upgrade from 2015, as only the three most recent versions are supported (you’ll need to buy a brand new license for the latest version). Upgrade now to get free VSS and, if you’re using Fundamentals, a 50% discount on modules. Remember, you’ve only got until September 11th 2018.

Existing customers who do not currently have VSS will also get a free year of VSS if upgrading between August 1st and September 11th.

Free for Existing Fundamentals with VSS Customers

If you are a Vectorworks Fundamentals user with an active VSS contract, you will be given the opportunity to add a module to your existing license free of charge when 2019 arrives!

If you choose to add a free module to your license, your VSS renewal date will change to reflect the additional module.

 

* New customers are people who are new to Vectorworks, or have used it in the past but have since moved to other software or have licenses that cannot be upgraded.

Why Should I Have Vectorworks VSS?

Vectorworks VSS

VSS Gives You More

Vectorworks VSS helps you get the most out of your software and gives predictability for your budget with:

  • Free software updates & priority support.
  • An online portal to manage your license and access downloads.
  • A full library of online training and tutorials with discounts on additional training.
  • Two half-day seminars in the Vectorworks Training Centre, or online if you choose.
  • Exclusive access to web and mobile solutions, Vectorworks Cloud Services and the Vectorworks Nomad app.

VSS Saves You Money

You get a lot of stuff with VSS, but it is usually the most cost effective option too.

Example:

Upgrading from Architect 2017 to 2018 without VSS will cost £839+VAT* RRP.

If Architect 2017 was originally purchased all with VSS for only £527 +VAT* RRP, the upgrade to 2018 PLUS all the features above would be included.

Even if you stick with the same version for a few years, the VSS option still works out cheaper.

Upgrading from Architect 2015 to 2018 without VSS will cost £1797 +VAT* RRP.

If VSS was purchased with Architect 2015, a cost of only £1581 +VAT* RRP would be spread across three years PLUS all the features and latest updates would be included along the way.

VSS Renewal Costs are Fixed

When you renew, you’ll only pay the price VSS was when you first purchased. Should prices go up, you don’t need to worry – your prices are fixed†. With VSS, you save money and have exclusive access to loads of great extras. Plus, get 50% OFF your first year if you are new to VSS!

Renewing VSS is Easy

Give us a call on 01206 804984 or email us at sales@cadsoftwaredirect.com

 

* All prices correct at time of article posting.

† Vectorworks retain the right to amend renewal costs with prior written warning as stated in the VSS contract.