NVIDIA PhysX is an open source scalable multi-platform physics simulation solution supporting a wide range of devices, from smartphones to high-end multicore CPUs and GPUs.
The powerful SDK brings high-performance and precision accuracy to industrial simulation use cases from traditional VFX and game development workflows, to high-fidelity robotics, medical simulation, and scientific visualization applications.
Experience Powerful, Flexible Simulation
PhysX 5 provides a wide range of new features including FEM soft body simulation, cloth, particles, and fluid simulation that provides 2-way coupled interaction under a unified solver framework.
PhysX 5 offers a highly scalable simulation solution for gaming, robotics, VFX, and more. It provides a simulation that can be run on a wide range of platforms ranging from low-power mobile CPUs through to high-end GPUs, including a new GPU API targeting end-to-end GPU-based reinforcement learning.
Quality and Accuracy
By continuously improving collision detection and the solver, PhysX 5 offers improvements to simulation stability for more robust stacking and joints. Plus, PhysX 5 improves momentum conservation for the articulation system and introduces gyroscopic forces in the rigid body system.
Latest PhysX Releases
|New in||Implemented on:|
|PHYSX 5||CPUs||NVIDIA GPUs|
|Rigid Body Dynamics||✔||✔|
|Reduced Coordinate Articulations||✔||✔|
|Soft Body Dynamics (Finite Element Method)||✔||✔|
|PBD (liquid/cloth/inflatable/shape matching)||✔||✔|
Latest PhysX Features
Rigid Body Dynamics
Study the movement of multi-body interactions under external forces, such as gravity. PhysX provides industry-proven scalable rigid body simulation on both CPU and GPU.
Perform spatial queries against the simulated world to permit perception and reasoning in a simulated environment. Combined with flexible filtering mechanisms, PhysX provides support for raycast, overlap and sweep queries against the entire world or individual bodies.
Joints constrain the way bodies move relative to one another. PhysX provides a suite of common built-in joint types and supports custom joints through a flexible callback mechanism.
Reduced Coordinate Articulations
Reduced coordinate articulations provide a linear-time, guaranteed joint-error-free simulation of a tree of rigid bodies. PhysX's implementation closely matches analytical models.
PhysX provides accurate and efficient simulation of vehicles, including tire, engine, clutch, transmission and suspension models.
PhysX provides a kinematic character controller that permits an avatar to navigate a simulated world. It supports rich interactions with both static and dynamically simulated bodies.
Soft Body Dynamics
Finite Element Method (FEM) soft bodies simulate measurable properties of hyperelastic materials to form an accurate and efficient model of elastic deformable bodies.
A new Signed Distance Field based collision representation allows PhysX to simulate non-convex shapes like gears and cams without convex decomposition.
Position Based Dynamics
Position Based Dynamics provide a flexible framework for simulating a wide range of phenomena including liquids, granular materials, cloth, rigid bodies, deformable bodies and more. It is used extensively in the VFX industry.
PhysX provides a wide range of built-in geometries and, additionally, provides a flexible callback mechanism to allow the application to introduce their own geometry types into the simulation.
PhysX Flow SDK
NVIDIA PhysX Flow enables realistic real time combustible fluid, smoke, and fire simulation.Learn more about
PhysX Blast SDK
NVIDIA PhysX Blast is a destruction and fracture library designed for performance, scalability, and flexibility. Blast consists of three layers catering to users of all technical levels including a bare-bones API for experienced developers, a high-level toolkit, and extensions for custom tooling.
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Industrial Applications for Features
|Manufacturing Applications||Autonomous Vehicles||Game Development||VFX and Media||Industrial Manufacturing||HPC Visualization||Surgical Applications|
|Rigid Body Dynamics (TGS or PGS solver)||✔||✔||✔||✔|
|Soft Body Dynamics||✔||✔||✔||✔||✔|
|Position Based Dynamics||✔||✔||✔||✔|
See PhysX in Action
Latest PhysX News
November 8, 2022
Open Source Simulation Expands with NVIDIA PhysX 5 Release
July 22, 2021
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NVIDIA Omniverse™ is an open platform for virtual collaboration and real-time physically accurate simulation. Creators, designers, researchers, and engineers can accelerate their workflows with one-click interoperability between leading software tools in a true-to-reality shared virtual world.
Physically Accurate Simulation
Omniverse is a platform built from the ground up to be physically based and , integrated with core technologies including MDL for materials, PhysX 5, Flow, and Blast for physics, and RTX technology for real time ray and path tracing. Omniverse features several core apps tailored to accelerate specific workflows. PhysX 5 is exclusively available to the public as part of Omniverse.
Develop Tools on Omniverse
Unlike monolithic development platforms, Omniverse was designed to be easily extensible and customizable with a modular development framework. Developers can easily build extensions, apps and microservices using Omniverse Kit.
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