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DLSS

NVIDIA DLSS is a new and improved deep learning neural network that boosts frame rates and generates beautiful, sharp images for your games. It gives you the performance headroom to maximize ray-tracing settings and increase output resolution.


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RTXGI

NVIDIA RTX™ Global Illumination (RTXGI) is an SDK that provides scalable solutions to compute multi-bounce global illumination in real time with ray tracing.


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RTXDI

RTXDI offers realistic lighting of dynamic scenes that require computing shadows from millions of area lights. Until now, this has not been possible in video games. Traditionally, game developers have baked most lighting and supported a small number of “hero” lights that are computed at runtime.


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Real-Time Denoiser

Highlighted in Ubisoft’s latest release, Watch Dogs:Legion, NVIDIA Real-Time Denoiser (NRD) is a spatio-temporal API agnostic denoising library that’s designed to work with low ray per pixel signals.


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RTX Unreal Engine 4 Branch

NVIDIA has made it easy for game developers to add leading-edge technologies to their Unreal Engine 4 (UE4) games by providing custom UE4 branches for NVIDIA technologies on GitHub.


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Feature Map Explorer

Feature Map Explorer (FME) enables visualization of four-dimensional, image-based feature map data using a range of views, from low-level channel visualizations to detailed numerical information about the full feature map tensor and each channel slice.


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Texture Tools Exporter

The NVIDIA Texture Tools Exporter allows users to create highly compressed texture files—that stay small both on disk and in memory—directly from image sources using NVIDIA’s CUDA®-accelerated Texture Tools 3.0 compressor technology.


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Reflex SDK

Open to applications for early access, the NVIDIA Reflex SDK allows game developers to implement a low-latency mode that aligns game engine work to complete just in time for rendering, eliminating the GPU render queue and reducing CPU back pressure in GPU-bound scenarios.


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Nsight Tools

NVIDIA Nsight™ is a collection of applications, spanning desktop and mobile targets, that enable developers to build, debug, profile, and develop class-leading and cutting-edge software that utilizes the latest visual computing hardware from NVIDIA.


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Broadcast Engine

NVIDIA Broadcast Engine SDKs provide AI-powered features for broadcasting, content creation and video conferencing. Developers can now create applications with advanced AI effects such as noise removal, virtual background, or face tracking in real-time.


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VRWorks™ Graphics

VRWorks Graphics SDK contains NVIDIA’s APIs, samples, and documentation for Virtual Reality game and application developers enabling them to bring a new level of visual fidelity, performance and responsiveness to virtual reality.


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Best Practices: Using NVIDIA RTX Ray Tracing

This post gathers best practices so far from our team’s experiences using NVIDIA RTX ray tracing in games. You’ll also learn from short, actionable items that give practical tips for working with ray tracing today.


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Lighting Scenes with Millions of Lights Using RTX Direct Illumination

At GTC20, we announced RTX Direct Illumination (RTXDI), enabling and accelerating the rendering of dynamic direct lighting and shadows from many light sources. In this technical blog, we'll cover RTXDI capabilities, features, and asset implications.


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Rendering Perfect Reflections and Refractions in Path-Traced Games

In this post, NVIDIA’s Alexey Panteleev describes a solution to denoising that combines two important concepts: primary surface replacement (PSR) and checkerboarded split-frame rendering (CSFR).


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Ray Tracing in Unreal Engine 4

In this webinar, artists and designers have the opportunity to learn more about ray tracing in Unreal Engine 4. Stay in the Light creator and RTX Unreal evangelist Richard Cowgill will walk us through a sample project, explaining how to get great results with real-time, ray-traced reflections, global illumination, shadows, and more.


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Ray Tracing Essentials

Join computer graphics expert Eric Haines as he explains key concepts related to ray tracing. We’ll start with the use of rays in rendering, compare ray tracing with rasterization, and explain how specialized hardware has accelerated its performance. We’ll then survey various effects made simpler or possible with ray tracing.


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Breaking Barriers with Real-Time Design Visualization

Real-time design visualization is here now—ten years earlier than many thought possible. Join leading architectural visualization firm Neoscape, rendering software leader Chaos Group, and NVIDIA to hear how the technology breakthrough of real-time ray tracing will revolutionize visualization.


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NVIDIA DEEP LEARNING INSTITUTE

The NVIDIA Deep Learning Institute (DLI) offers hands-on training in AI and accelerated computing to solve real-world problems. Training is available as self-paced, online courses or in-person, instructor-led workshops.



Render Millions of Direct Lights in Real-Time With RTX Direct Illumination (RTXDI)

Complex night scenes in computer-generated films attain a grounded, photoreal look by simulating lights simultaneously; for example, a night amusement park. RTXDI makes this level of lighting complexity possible in real-time on a single NVIDIA RTX GPU, all while using a very limited ray budget.


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NVIDIA Real-Time Denoiser Delivers Best-in-Class Denoising in Ubisoft’s Watch Dogs Legion

Real-time ray tracing is more performant than ever with the release of NRD. NRD is a spatio-temporal API agnostic denoising library that’s designed to work with low rpp (ray per pixel) signals, and is the only denoiser variable that works with 0.5 or 1 ray per pixel.


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