Wednesday, 6 June 2012



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Tegra Fans Have Spoken – Their Fave TegraZone Games Are…

Posted: 05 Jun 2012 06:40 PM PDT


The crème de la crème of Tegra games has risen to the top, thanks to our fans.

Three weeks after we asked Tegra fans to vote for their favorite TegraZone games in three categories — Best Graphics, Best Gameplay and Best Overall — the results are in. The lucky winners will get the new ASUS Transformer Pad (along with the keyboard dock) and an Ultimate Game Pack that includes a limited-edition NVIDIA-green Jambox Bluetooth speaker and a Logitech wireless controller.

It was natural enough for us to run this contest. NVIDIA works with developers to take full advantage of Tegra processors and deliver an unparalleled gaming experience for your Tegra devices. The results are mind-blowing games with console-quality experiences on your mobile devices – all served up on or the TegraZone app.

In all, thousands of TegraZone fans voted each week. Let's take a look at the winning games in each category:

Best Graphics

Shadowgun THD won by a landslide for its class-defining graphics. There's no doubt that Shadowgun THD showcases the upper limit of what's possible when you take advantage of Tegra 3, the world's only 4-PLUS-1 quad-core mobile processor. Shadowgun THD offers tons of exclusive content you won't find on any other platform: water fluid effects, damage and aging effects, and even particle effects, just to name a few.

Check out Shadowgun THD in TegraZone.

Best Gameplay

This category saw some heated back-and-forth between GTA II and Shadowgun THD. Ultimately, GTA III, from Rockstar, came out ahead. Thanks to full-on game controller support on Tegra devices, Rockstar's hit title was voted tops in Best Gameplay.

Check out GTA III in TegraZone.

Best Overall

This battle was a nail-biter. GTA III and Shadowgun THD duked it out to win the Best Overall crown, but Rockstar's GTA III squeaked past Madfinger’s third-person shooter to be voted as the Best Overall game in TegraZone. With full 3D stereo (on Tegra devices that support 3D) and game controller support, GTA III is as visually stunning (with HD-quality resolution, updated graphics, character, and vehicle models) as it is fun to play.

Check out GTA III in TegraZone.

We're proud of working with so many amazing developers who want to take mobile gaming to the next level. Thanks to all our fans for voting!

OpenACC Compiler: Fast, Portable, Just $199 from CAPS

Posted: 05 Jun 2012 04:37 PM PDT


Developers have a new ally in OpenACC compilers that can get their code up and running on GPUs in just minutes.

If you are intrigued, you are not alone. OpenACC has garnered significant mindshare and momentum in the HPC community as it promises to deliver a simple and portable programming platform by using a directive-based approach, similar to OpenMP.  Consider that just a few weeks ago at the GPU Technology Conference, almost a thousand developers packed OpenACC sessions eager to learn more.

The OpenACC workflow

CAPS enterprises recently released their OpenACC 1.0 compliant compiler, and it's available now with a limited-time discount – more below.

CAPS enterprise is a founding member of the OpenACC committee, and has been an innovator in directives-based compilers for GPU accelerators.  The many-core, hybrid computing revolution may be unfolding right before our eyes, but there are still developers looking to use simple directives-based constructs like OpenACC to parallelize their code.

Early results on the CAPS OpenACC compiler have been nothing short of spectacular. In a recent webinar, CAPS discussed how a large-scale structure and galaxy formation code, known as HydroC, was accelerated 2.3x with OpenACC directives on the Tesla C2070 GPU (compared with a quad-core CPU). This was done without modifying the original, internal algorithms.  They also demonstrated a 24x speedup (compared with serial CPU code) in an edge detection algorithm called Sobel Filter by inserting only six OpenACC directives.

If you've been waiting for a simpler, more portable approach to GPU computing, OpenACC is the programming model you've been looking for. And for a limited time, CAPS is offering their OpenACC compiler for $199. This offer includes an OpenACC license and one year maintenance and support.

For more information, see the CAPS OpenACC page.

To learn more about OpenACC and CAPS, check out this two-part series on how to get your code running on GPUs with the CAPS compiler.

If you've tried OpenACC, we'd love to hear about your experience in the comments below.

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5+3 @ E3: Five Tegra 3 Games Launch at E3

Posted: 06 Jun 2012 07:58 AM PDT


NVIDIA Tegra kicks off E3 at the Los Angeles Convention Center today with the unveiling of five new mobile gaming titles – all of which are playable for the first time at the NVIDIA booth (Concourse Hall #8601).

The developers of each of these games are harnessing the power of Tegra 3, the world's only 4-PLUS-1 quad core mobile processor to take mobile gaming to the next level.

Let's take a look at the new games below.

Dead Trigger

The world has collapsed and meat-eating zombies are after you! This first-person shooter takes advantage of the Tegra 3 processor to provide exclusive effects like enhanced water, specular lighting, volumetric fog and ragdoll physics.

Puddle THD

This hot Xbox Live Arcade and PlayStation Network console game is now being shown off on an NVIDIA Tegra 3 device at E3. The game mechanics are simple and intuitive – guide the water to a target destination through tilt controls. On Tegra 3, you'll get higher resolution textures, advanced fluid effects, better shadows and advanced physics effects.

Demons' Score THD

A break-beat action game that integrates music with battles. It was developed using Epic Games' Unreal Engine 3 to produce high-quality 3D graphics and a user interface optimized for smartphones and tablets. Tegra 3-exclusive features include higher resolution textures, advanced bloom effects, rim lighting, dynamic shadows and depth-of-field effects.

Bounty Arms

This exciting 3D side-scrolling action game will be playable for the first time at E3. Open-Reset and Luma Arcade are working closely with NVIDIA to create Tegra-exclusive enhancements for Bounty Arms on Android, tapping the graphics potential of Tegra 3.  These enhancements include visual and performance upgrades and exclusive content like co-op play and advanced particle effects.

Heroes Call

Heroes Call is a playable action RPG that brings next-gen gaming to Tegra devices. Lush graphics, deep quests, multiple characters and varied abilities make Heroes Call an experience unlike any you've seen on your mobile device. The Tegra 3 exclusive features here are higher resolution light maps, spectacular maps on character weapons and armor and additional physics interaction on objects and particles.

We're proud to show off these new games that are playable for the first time at E3 2012. If you're at the show make sure you stop by the NVIDIA booh in the Concourse Hall (booth #8601)!



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