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AMD TressFX Technology Detailed

Discussion in 'News' started by btarunr, Feb 26, 2013.

  1. Xzibit

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    Nope. Ageia ran NovodeX (PhysX) in software mode as far back as 2005 in all 3 consoles just not accelerated through GPUs.
     
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    Ageia Physx was CPU based from the get go. The PPUs were a tie in but not required.

    Still nVidia's gimping has been documented several times. Basically physx on CPU runs in x87, a set of instructions that no modern software has used since 10 years ago. x87 is the lowest common denominator but I'd say that whomever wanted to play a physx enabled game would have a CPU with SSE2 support at least.
     
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    Nope. Nvidia is a GPU company, it was always intended that Nvidia PhysX would be GPU-centric. The facts of the matter are that AMD could have bought Ageia, didn't buy Ageia, and they didn't want to licence PhysX.
    Except that 1. I wasn't referring to Havok, and 2. I was referring to OpenCL Havok FX which AMD was promoting. See virtually every link posted including the one above. The fact remains that ATi/AMD championing OpenCL physics predates Nvidia's involvement with the tech...one provided a tangible product, the other produced nothing.
    No (again). For some reason, you seem fixated on only one area of the tech. PhysX is also used in professional arena, as middleware, and even the :eek: PlayStation 4 (note the physics section)
    I don't think I made the point of stating otherwise. You think it strange that a GPU company would buy a technology and then integrate it into their product stack rather than optimize it for their competitors ?
    PhysX has used SSE2 compile for almost three years.
     
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    I gotta say that for me its nvidias entire handling of aigea and physx thats riled me most in recent years as well as their blatant money grabbing obv , but either way im passing them minimal cash these days and irs their fault.

    OT Mussels I appreciate your feedback on the way this tech might be used, I had not considered grass etc, I like it even more now and I think Amd should be applauded for bringing us an open multi format physics feature which will no doubt be expanded upon.
    And its open enough to run on enemy radars from the get go, oh no they didn't. .; o
     
  5. HumanSmoke

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    Correct, AMD's patented StressFX causes that effect
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    Oh, I'll shut my hole then. In my defense PPUs support up to 2.8.1 so I wasn't aware of the change. :eek:
     
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    Lolz organic as in grown naturally, no pesticides, no herbicides, no GMO's, no preservatives, not reconstituted, 100% healthiness :rockout::pimp:
     
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    Not really, "organic" is a sham label.

    They still use pesticides, they just happen to use silly stuff that seems natural, oh you know, stuff like concentrated urine. Look it up. ;)

    Back to this. Just think of TressFX as a stepping stone to a full, non-proprietary API GPU physics system.

    I mean, let's be honest here, with AMD doing all the CPU and GPU ships for both next gen consoles, with the PS4 already shown to have quite capable GPU physics from its demos, it's pretty clear that AMD has already created many technologies that make PhysX's proprietary nvidia only gpu physics modes obsolete.

    Now, as these consoles are closer to release, more and more developers will be working with these new non-proprietary APIs, allowing (and forcing) all developers to use these physics tools.
     
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    Hopefully this can be another nail in PhysX's coffin :)
     
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    heh so here is another nvidia physx bull vs AMD tressFX direct compute physics debate? I 've seen this in other forums too.. xD

    NV physx3 HW is still crippled, even with improved SSE2, physx 2.8.x is much worse - in HW layer, SW is ok but nothing special compared to any other physics engine.



    Btw nvidia's hair tech demo from y2010 doesnt use physx, but tessellation and direct compute physics calculations, just like this tressFX.


    Imo AMD nailed it with this tressFX, apparently its used in upcoming Luminous engine as well - for hair rendering. :)
     
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    On ageia

    Actually ageia's system was designed to be quite different and its cards had a task-specific design. What nvidia did was basically kill the original concept, and then made their own system which was a poor substitute for the original concept since they have to do it on a graphics card. And it would have been an enormous shame except that ageia was not going to make it anyway I expect.
     
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    Don't.Care.What.Ageia.Intended.

    My post stated:
    To put this into context:
    Nvidia make GPUs - they don't make CPUs
    Why would Nvidia buy IP, then optimize it to not only benefit their competition (who make CPUs), but to make their own GPUs irrelevant in using the technology? <<
    That's probably more about keeping backward compatibility (esp. with consoles), and the fact that game dev's are a pretty lazy bunch that need spoon feeding. I think you'll find that the 3.x SDK is also available.

    As far as popularity goes, it waxs and wanes based on individual titles. With many game engines now incorporating their own physics engines ( e.g. Frostbyte 2), PhysX is just one of a whole raft of game orientated physics engines...but then again, just like Lagoa and other pro/scientific function physics engines, PhysX has uses outside of eye candy.
     
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    Well I'm not in the whole extensive discussion and only remarked on the history part, but the whole difference between the ageia version and the nvidia version is that the ageia version was usable as a scientific thing, whereas the nvidia incarnation is just for games really.

    And that's the part that is a pity really.
    But of course that's all semi-superseded by the development the last few years with openCL and DirectCompute and even CUDA and such. And changes in the hardware also helped, so we are at a different point than when ageia first released their idea.

    Still we should not re-write history either and ageia much more focused on true parallelism in calculation and accessing data.
     
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    Looks good.
     
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    I found this on avforums and thought it was funny.

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    As I can see the Lara Croft's ass still consists of poligons.
     
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    Nice. To bad is only the hair. We want moar physics from AMD. :)
     
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    I think its better to say "hopefully AMD will continue to develop their physics dedicated software" so that we end up having more games with physics features that will be supported by PhysX and AMD's similar tech. While you can currently run PhysX through CPU (software) if you got AMD gpu its very "heavy" for the system , so if AMD would develop an equilalent software that takes advantage of their gpu's tech then everyone would benefit from it (both gpu companies, developers and customers as well)
     
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    Its DirectX API. So its not beholden to either company. As long as a GPU or APU is DirectX 11 or above compliant it should be fine.
     
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    It just needs optimization
     
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    There is an interesting article that BSN put up on the Tomb Raider ordeal.

    Tomb Raider: AMD Touts TressFX Hair as Nvidia Apologizes for Poor Experience.

    Funny pun :nutkick:
     
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    TressFX, more like StressFX.

    The look don't justify the lowered performance in my case.
     
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    what lowered performance? did i miss a performance analysis somewhere?
     
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    Drops my frames to the teens in cut scenes (especially when it's really focused on her head) and sometimes 20s just in gameplay. My 5870 just can't cut it.
     

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