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    AMD to Demonstrate GPU Havok Physics Acceleration at GDC




    GPU-accelerated physics is turning out to be the one part of specifications AMD is yearning for. One of NVIDIA's most profitable acquisitions in recent times, has been that of Ageia technologies, and its PhysX middleware API. NVIDIA went on to port the API to its proprietary CUDA GPGPU architecture, and is now using it as a significant PR-tool apart from a feature that is genuinely grabbing game developers' attention. In response to this move, AMD's initial reaction was to build strategic technology alliance with the main competitor of PhysX: Havok, despite its acquisition by Intel.

    In the upcoming Game Developers Conference (GDC) event, AMD may materialize its plans to bring a GPU-accelerated version of Havok, which has till now been CPU-accelerated. The API has featured in several popular game titles such as Half Life 2, Max Payne II, and some other Valve Source-based titles. ATI's Terry Makedon, in his Twitter-feed has revealed that AMD would put forth its “ATI GPU Physics strategy.” He also added that the company would present a tech-demonstration of Havok technology working in conjunction with ATI hardware. The physics API is expected to utilize OpenCL and AMD Stream.
    Source: techPowerUp! ; bit-tech

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    Default Re: AMD to Demonstrate GPU Havok Physics Acceleration at GDC

    GPGPU acceleration is yet to be a standard for game developments. At least there has to be 2 generations of cards of both nvidia and ati to pass (GPGPU arc) before this being standardized, which is at least another 3-4 years or so. So its not a thing gamers need to worry about in that weight.

    Havoc in the past came as a Physics emulator in a series of 3ds Max and Maya versions in the recent past before Ati/AMD took control over them. Like news suggests, if they pull this off together than it might yeild better results than Ageia's PhysX. Lets keep watching...

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    Default Re: AMD to Demonstrate GPU Havok Physics Acceleration at GDC

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    By Wolfgang Gruener
    Monday, March 23, 2009 11:15
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    Chicago (IL) – About nine months ago, we learned that AMD was partnering with Intel acquisition Havok to enable physics acceleration on its graphics processors. Now it seems that the company is ready to show what it has been working on. First Havok physics demos on Radeon GPUs are expected for GDC 2009, which starts today.

    No matter how you look at it, physics on graphics cards is still one big mess. Nvidia has PhysX, Microsoft is working on Direct Physics and Intel acquired Havok to jump on the physics train. AMD decided to go with Havok as well and we now have word that the company will be showing off its progress at the Game Developers Conference (GDC).

    A session preview reveals that AMD will talk about “open, standards-based physics with OpenCL and ATI Stream” as well as “content scalability through server-side rendering powered by AMD's Fusion Render Cloud.” However, AMD’s Terry Makedon revealed through Twitter that the company will be showing Havok-based physics. The event is scheduled for Thursday, March 26.

    AMD aid in the past that it found Havok’s physics technology to scale “extremely well across the entire family of AMD processors, including quad-core products such as the AMD Phenom X4.” What is somewhat surprising is that the physics strategy has shifted to graphics processors, which was not a priority for AMD initially.
    Source: http://www.tgdaily.com/content/view/41813/98/

    Two and a half years after first demonstrating Havok physics effects running on a graphics processor, AMD apparently plans to... show Havok physics effects running on a graphics processor. According to a page on the Game Developers Conference website, AMD will host a session about hardware game physics and game realism this coming Thursday in San Francisco:

    AMD's Neal Robison and OTOY's Jules Urbach will explore how improved realism in games doesn't have to increase development time and effort. Hear the latest on game computing featuring open, standards-based physics with OpenCL and ATI Stream, and increasing content scalability through server-side rendering powered by AMD's Fusion Render Cloud.

    According to the Twitter page of AMD Software Product Manager Terry Makedon, the "standards-based physics" in question will be Havok technology. Makedon says, "Havok is indeed our partner of choice. Go check out the session if you are around, should be educational." He also wrote in a previous post, "ATI GPU Physics strategy and ohhh maybe a demo being thrown down next week at GDC. If you're there GO see it."

    Much has changed since the 2006 demo, of course. Havok has been bought out by Intel, Nvidia has purchased Ageia and implemented PhysX support in its graphics processors, and the Khronos Group has completed the OpenCL specification.

    Last June, AMD and Havok announced that they had partnered up to "jointly investigate the optimization of physics effects utilizing AMD's full line of products." The two firms said they were working both to optimize Havok's physics middleware for AMD processors and to use Radeon GPUs for physics simulations.
    Source: Techreport

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    Default Re: AMD to Demonstrate GPU Havok Physics Acceleration at GDC

    so ATI ,AMD and INTEL is behind Havok. Only Nvidia behind Ageia.

    I think we can see what is going to be standardized

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    Default Re: AMD to Demonstrate GPU Havok Physics Acceleration at GDC

    I dont really get it..
    Intel has been AMDs rival for years
    Nvidia is now an AMDs rival too
    Recently
    Intel and Nvidia is a rival too.

    I think AMD is trying to get rid of Nvidia
    Intel too wants Nvida Out (They dont have any products to compare with each other but still the rivalry?)
    AMD can only dream of Intel Out (Intel is too big)

    So i guess AMD is tryng to knockout Nvidia cuz there is a possibility AMD can!

    There is more than 80% chance that HAVOK will b a standard.. its simple.. Intel Bought HAVOK for a reason and money can buy almost anything and intel has loads of it.

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