Using the GPU to speed-up a program?

Hui Zhou zhouhui at
Mon Feb 28 11:38:42 PST 2005

On Mon, Feb 28, 2005 at 07:14:16PM +0000, John Gay wrote:
>So I was wondering if programmes like POV-Ray could take advantage of the GPU 
>in 3D cards for quicker rendering? I know that it doesn't use it, but maybe 
>code could be added for it? It just seems strange that Maya and Houdini 
>render much faster with a good 3D card.

POV-Ray is a ray tracing program which calculates individual rays to 
render an image. 

I am not sure but suspect the Maya and Houdini don't do ray tracing at 
all and use openGL to render images, which is what a 3D card designed 

As for the speed, OpenGL is much less CPU intensive than raytracing 
even without GPU.

Hui Zhou

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