Santa Clara, Calif. - Nvidia RealityServer, a new cloud computing platform for running 3D Web applications, is now shipping. The platform consists of an Nvidia Tesla RS GPU-based server cluster running RealityServer software from mental images. Originally announced at the Web 2.0 conference in October 2009, Nvidia RealityServer streams interactive 3D applications to any Web-connected device, even a smartphone.
RealityServer software uses mental images iray technology, the world’s first physically correct, ray-tracing renderer. Because ray tracing is one of the most demanding computational problems, iray technology is designed to take advantage of the massively parallel CUDA architecture of Nvidia GPUs, reveals a company representative.
While photorealistic imagery has traditionally taken hours or days to create, RealityServer streams images of photorealistic scenes at rates approaching an interactive gaming experience. It means that car designers can now share and visualize complex 3D models of cars under different lighting and environmental conditions or architects can review sophisticated architectural models, rendered in different daylight settings.
RealityServer was demonstrated last week at Autodesk University.