Nvidia Puts 3D Rendering on Cloud

by CXOtoday Staff    Oct 23, 2009

Nvidia demonstrated its new RealityServer platform for cloud computing at the recently concluded Web 2.0 summit in San Francisco. The platform is a combination of GPUs (graphics processing units) and software that can stream interactive, photo-realistic 3D applications to any Web connected PC, laptop, netbook and smartphone.

The platform is made up of the Nvidia Tesla RS GPU-based server running RealityServer software from mental images. According to Nvidia, this integrated solution streams images of photo-realistic scenes at rates approaching an interactive gaming experience. The 3D rendering and modelling software is made by Mental Images, which Nvidia had acquired around two years ago.

Nvidia RealityServer will enable developers to create consumer and enterprise 3D Web applications that are more photo-realistic. The platform will enable teams in industry segments like automotive, architecture and even merchandising (online shops) to create and securely share 3D models of their products in different settings and lighting conditions.

Apart from being used by teams that need to share 3D designs and models securely, the platform has also been used by SceneCaster in its 3D Scenes applications on Facebook.

RealityServer software utilizes mental images iray technology, which is a ray-tracing renderer that employs the CUDA architecture of Nvidia GPUs. The software is compatible with Red Hat Enterprise Linux (32-bit and 64-bit), Windows XP Professional (32-bit) and Windows Vista (64-bit). It is able to simulate the physics of light in its interaction with matter. In order to handle the computational load of ray tracing, the technology has been designed to leverage the power of Nvidia Tesla.

Even though the platform supports user interaction, current technology does not allow for manipulation of objects. However, this may be only a temporary issue.

The platform will be made available on November 30, 2009. A developer edition of RealityServer 3.0 software will be available for download and deployment (for non-commercial applications), free of charge till the end of November.