VRWorks Unreal Engine Branch adds support for VR SLI, Lens Matched Shading, and Single Pass Stereo

GameWorks, VRWorks

David Coombes, posted Sep 20 2016

NVIDIA has released a new VRWorks-enabled branch of Unreal Engine, adding support for new Pascal VRWorks. With this branch, Unreal developers can now easily take advantage of features including Lens Matched Shading, Single Pass Stereo, VR SLI and Multi-res Shading.

Lens Matched Shading uses NVIDIA Pascal hardware features to improve upon Multi-Res Shading, ensuring frame buffer and display pixel rates are matched for optimum performance.

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Etsy Buys Artificial Intelligence Startup to Enhance Search Capabilities

News, CUDA, cuDNN, Image Recognition, Machine Learning & Artificial Intelligence, Media & Entertainment

Nadeem Mohammad, posted Sep 20 2016

The popular handmade-goods site Etsy acquired Blackbird Technologies, a startup using GPUs to develop superior search relevance and recommendation technology. Using CUDA, TITAN X GPUs and the Theano deep learning framework with cuDNN to train their models, Blackbird’s technology combines image and text recognition to power a range of search capabilities, including personalized search, ranking,

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Vulkan C++ Bindings reloaded

GameWorks, GameWorks Expert Developer, DesignWorks, Vulkan

Markus Tavenrath, posted Sep 19 2016

A few months have passed since we’ve wrote about the Vulkan C++ bindings on the developer blog. Since then we’ve constantly been improving the API to simplify the usage to make it even easier to use Vulkan. Most of the improvements in this update are related to array handling and error handling, though we’ve also changed the basic interface a little bit.

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Find Furniture You Love with Houzz’s New Visual Recognition Tool

News, CUDA, cuDNN, Image Recognition, Machine Learning & Artificial Intelligence, Media & Entertainment, Tesla

Nadeem Mohammad, posted Sep 16 2016

With 40 million monthly unique users, Houzz is leveraging deep learning technology to make it easier for people to discover and buy products and materials that inspire them. “People come to Houzz because they want to get everything they need to improve their homes in one place, from inspiration to execution,” said Alon Cohen, Houzz

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Microsoft’s Voice Recognition Technology Almost as Accurate as Humans

News, Research, cuDNN, Machine Learning & Artificial Intelligence, Media & Entertainment, Signal / Audio Processing, Tesla

Nadeem Mohammad, posted Sep 15 2016

Microsoft reached a new milestone in the development of more accurate speech recognition. Using a cluster of Tesla M40 GPUs and the cuDNN version of Computational Network Toolkit (CNTK), their latest version of the technology achieved the lowest word error rate (WER) in the industry. “Our best single system achieves an error rate of 6.9%

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