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Graphics pipeline

The graphics pipeline is part of a GPU architecture, responsible for an increase in hardware rendering speeds. Almost identical in function to a CPU pipeline, a graphics pipeline is utilised when there is a large batch of similar instructions to process.

Rather than deal with each instruction separately, they are pipelined for maximum efficiency. Instead of taking each section of a texturemap or individual vertex of a model, processing it and returning for the next one, pipelining configures the hardware to accept the first instruction, and once that has started being processed, take the next one and the next one in order. In this manner, at any time one instruction completes, another is entering into an earlier stage in the pipeline, and several are partially completed.

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Direct3D vs. OpenGL: Which API to Use When, Where, and Why
A pretty much unbiased guide to the two main graphics APIs developers consider: Microsoft DirectX, and Silicon Graphics' Open GL. Written predominanty from a Windows perspective, this resource helps you decide when to use which graphics library on that platform.

Cg, literally ?C for graphics?, underpins the entirety of the digital, interactive world. This book serves as a primer, for those who have never ventured into it before, and explores both the DirectX and OpenGL angles of coding and creating graphics procedurally.

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New Nvidia GPU: A Supercomputer in a PC?
The GPU, or graphics processing unit is the heart of any 3D accelerator graphics care. It is a powerful workhorse, frequently more powerful than a PC?s CPU ? central processing unit ? and dedicated solely to graphics. The pace of GPU advancement has picked up substantially in recent years, with Nvidia and ATI Technologies, going at it hammer and tongs, to try and outdo one another.

Aimed at the working Visual C++ game developer, 3D Game Engine Design provides a tour of mathematical techniques for 3-D graphics, and the source code that's used to implement them in state of year 2000?s art gameworld engines.

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The Difference between FPS and Lag
Participants in modern internet-controlled, heavily graphics-orientated virtual worlds often confuse fps and lag. When an area cluttered with graphics, and a complex drawing area slows down, all too often people say that the area is laggy, or their Internet connection is not sufficient to handle it. This is patiently untrue, and continued perpetuation of this idea leads people to invest in hardware they do not need, which has no effect on the problem.

Complete Website: Paul Bourke
This massive site, simple in appearance, holds just about every resource you'll ever need for graphics work.

Complete Website: Flipcode.com
A good site, geared mainly towards graphics, it dabbles in some other areas, and has an interesting selection of daily links.

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The Adventures of Andre and Wally B
In 1984, there was a passive CG short film, created by the Lucasfilm Computer Graphics Project, which some years later became Pixar. It was one of the very first CG presentations ever made, and used a borrowed supercomputer - the Cray - to render.

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Video games need 'realism boost'
BBC article about how to add authenticity to VR, goes beyond graphics, also encompassing extensive use of motion capture to catalogue how stance, gait and the tiny movements of facial muscles combine when people display different emotions.

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Realistic NPCs
Refers mainly to text-based worlds, but applicable to both text and graphics based.


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AMD has introduced its lineup of next-generation DirectX 11-capable ATI Mobility Radeon Premium graphics, including ATI Mobility Radeon HD 5870 graphics, the highest performance graphics for notebooks in the world.

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Finally, the inevitable has occurred. As we have achieved virtually 100% photo realism on CGI, a shift is taking place in the entertainment industry. No-longer is it possible, to just out-perform with better graphics, you now have to have c...

Samsung Electronics announced today that it has developed the world's fastest memory, a GDDR5 (series five, graphics double-data-rate memory) chip that can transfer data at six gigabits per second.

"We're pushing image enh...

I3D 2006, Sponsored by SIGGRAPH, will be held March 14-17, 2006, at Electronic Arts Campus in Redwood City, California, US.

I3D is a bleeding edge conference for real-time 3D computer graphics and techniques that combine 3D c...

Eurographics is an international organisation purely devoted to the needs of professionals in computer graphics and all related visual disciplines. The 2005 conference, held at Trinity College Dublin, Ireland, is the 26th annual conference ...