Stream a Little Stream: GeForce NOW Brings New Interactive Experience to Life

As the Sundance Film Festival kicks off today, “Baymax Dreams of Fred’s Glitch,” an interactive short from Disney Media & Entertainment Distribution and Disney Television Animation, is streaming from the cloud to virtual festivalgoers, using GeForce NOW. The interactive short is part of the New Frontier Alliance Showcase at the 2021 Sundance Film Festival, a Read article >

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Stream a Little Stream: GeForce NOW Brings New Interactive Experience to Life

As the Sundance Film Festival kicks off today, “Baymax Dreams of Fred’s Glitch,” an interactive short from Disney Media & Entertainment Distribution and Disney Television Animation, is streaming from the cloud to virtual festivalgoers, using GeForce NOW.

The interactive short is part of the New Frontier Alliance Showcase at the 2021 Sundance Film Festival, a partner-driven presentation of envelope-pushing cinematic visions. New Frontier’s immersive program and platform showcase stories created through new convergences of film, art, and cutting-edge technology.

“Disney has the greatest storytellers in the world,” said Kaki Navarre, director, content technology, Disney Media & Entertainment Distribution. “By embracing new technologies and methods, like NVIDIA RTX GPUs and interactive streaming with GeForce NOW, we can free those content creators from the processing limitations of client devices, advancing what is possible from a computational perspective, which grants significant creative freedom in how stories can be brought to life for an audience.”

Disney has selected NVIDIA RTX GPUs to power the first-of-its-kind experience, and our cloud gaming service, GeForce NOW, will deliver it.

In the interactive short, it’s up to the audience to help Fred as he tries to contain an adorable yet destructive glitch of his own creation that causes havoc inside the head of Baymax, a compassionate, cutting-edge robot.

NVIDIA GPUs are no stranger to cutting-edge visuals. For over a decade, every Oscar-nominated film for Best Visual Effects has taken to the big screen thanks to NVIDIA GPUs.

The Baymax Dreams experience is the first premium, interactive, 3D-animated content of its kind. It features touch interaction and is fully remote-rendered on our GeForce NOW cloud gaming servers. These elements allow the audience to do more than just choose the path of the story — it gives them agency.

Characters in the episode can respond positively or negatively depending on the speed and efficiency of participation.

Delivering Real-time Interactive Entertainment with GeForce NOW

Using GeForce NOW, real-time content is streamed to a user’s device in a fraction of a second. This allows seamless interaction without losing graphics quality on mobile platforms. Participants can have a high-quality experience regardless of how powerful or modern their device might be.

GeForce NOW data centers house powerful NVIDIA RTX GPUs designed for cloud gaming. They’re optimized for fast video encoding and provide high-quality visuals with reduced latency. They’re optimal for gaming as well as other forms of interactive entertainment.

It’s also the first native touch experience streaming on GeForce NOW. That’s something NVIDIA will bring more of to the cloud in the future.

The interactive short is streaming for a limited time on GeForce NOW for iOS Safari users. GeForce NOW members can interact with the short using touch input from their iPhone or iPad.

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New Games, New Features — That’s GFN Thursday

We love PC games. The newest titles and the greatest classics. FPS, RPG, grand strategy, squad-based tactics, single-player, multiplayer, MMO — you name it, we love it. There are more than 800 games on GeForce NOW — including 80 of the biggest free-to-play games — streaming straight from the cloud. And thanks to the explosive Read article >

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New Games, New Features — That’s GFN Thursday

We love PC games. The newest titles and the greatest classics. FPS, RPG, grand strategy, squad-based tactics, single-player, multiplayer, MMO — you name it, we love it.

There are more than 800 games on GeForce NOW — including 80 of the biggest free-to-play games — streaming straight from the cloud. And thanks to the explosive growth of PC gaming in recent years, there are more games to play than ever.

Fun fact: those games often launch on Thursdays, right alongside our client and backend updates. That makes Thursday our favorite day of the week. So let’s formalize it, right?

This is GFN Thursday — our weekly celebration of the newest games, features and news, streaming from the cloud to you.

This week’s a doozy, too. But before we get into the games, let’s set the stage and answer a few questions.

What is GFN Thursday?

GFN Thursday is our ongoing commitment to bringing great PC games and service updates to our members each week. Come back every Thursday to discover what’s new in the cloud, including games, exclusive features, and news on GeForce NOW.

Why Thursdays?

Because Mondays are boring? Seriously, over the course of the past year, many of our most played games either launched or released major season updates on Thursdays — and we aim to support these launches as soon after their release as possible.

Many of the top free-to-play games, from Fortnite to Apex Legends, Destiny 2 and more, also release major season updates for Thursdays. We’re committed to supporting each new content release the moment it’s available, with updates rolling out to members across all our data centers, in all of our regions as quickly as possible.

Our members love to learn what’s coming each week to the GeForce NOW library and plan their gaming for the weekend. We do, too. With GFN Thursday updates every week, you’ll always know what’s ready to play across your devices, even if you’re away from your gaming rig.

What if I want to know what games are coming in the future?

Okay, then the first GFN Thursday of each month is for you. That’s when we’ll share the games we anticipate adding to GeForce NOW throughout that month.

This list may not be every game that releases in a month, however. Things move fast, and we know there will be surprises. In January alone, we shared 23 games coming to GeForce NOW, with HITMAN 3 and Everspace 2 being late-breaking additions we were also able to welcome this month.

Games will continue to be added every week, but that first GFN Thursday of the month will give you a glimpse at what to expect. That way you can shop with confidence, knowing what’s to come.

Okay, so what’s happening this GFN Thursday?

Finally, let’s get to the good stuff. The complete list of games joining GeForce NOW this week can be found below, but here are a few highlights:

The Medium on GeForce NOW

The Medium (Steam & Epic Games Store)

Founders can play with RTX ON and discover a dark mystery only a medium can solve. Travel to an abandoned communist resort and use your psychic abilities to uncover its deeply disturbing secrets, solve dual-reality puzzles, survive encounters with sinister spirits and explore two realities at the same time.

Immortals Fenyx Rising Demo on GeForce NOW

Immortals Fenyx Rising Demo (Ubisoft Connect & Epic Games Store)

In this free demo from Ubisoft, play as Fenyx, a new winged demigod, on a quest to save the Greek gods and their home from a dark curse. Take on mythological beasts, master the legendary powers of the gods and defeat Typhon, the deadliest Titan in Greek mythology, in an epic fight for the ages.

Members with the full game and Season Pass can also play the new Immortals Fenyx Rising DLC, A New God, on Jan. 28.

Dyson Sphere Program on GeForce NOW

Dyson Sphere Program (Steam)

Build the most efficient intergalactic factory in this space simulation strategy game. Harness the power of stars, collect resources, plan and design production lines and develop your interstellar factory from a small space workshop to a galaxy-wide industrial empire.

Here’s the full list for Jan. 28. What are you looking forward to playing? Let us know below.

We’ll see you next week for a very exciting one-year anniversary edition of GFN Thursday!

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Intel Appoints Sunil Shenoy as Senior Vice President of Design Engineering Group

sunil shenoy padded 70854459SANTA CLARA, Calif., Jan. 27, 2021 – Intel Corporation today announced the appointment of Sunil Shenoy as senior vice president and general manager of the Design Engineering Group, effective Feb. 1. Shenoy, a 33-year Intel veteran who departed in 2014, returns to the company to lead the critical work of design, development, validation and manufacturing of intellectual properties and system-on-chips (SOC) for client and data center applications. Shenoy will report to current CEO Bob Swan until Feb. 15, after which he will report to incoming CEO Pat Gelsinger.

“Sunil is a proven engineering leader who has deep experience in microprocessor and SoC design and R&D,” said Swan. “His experience inside and outside of Intel will enable him to combine the best of Intel culture with an entrepreneurial spirit and fresh perspective as we work to strengthen the company’s technical leadership team and to coach and develop a new generation of technical talent.”

Most recently, Shenoy was senior vice president and general manager of RISC-V at SiFive, an Intel Capital portfolio company working to commercialize the RISC-V open architecture. At SiFive, Shenoy helped build the engineering team. In his prior years at Intel, Shenoy was corporate vice president in charge of Intel’s Platform Engineering Group, responsible for microprocessor and SoC design across Intel’s product groups. He also led Intel’s Visual and Parallel Computing Group and server and PC silicon development R&D and engineering, among other responsibilities.

Shenoy graduated from Syracuse University with a master’s degree in computer engineering; he has an MBA from the University of Oregon. He holds 16 patents in computer and microprocessor technology.

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NVIDIA Expands vGPU Software to Accelerate Workstations, AI Compute Workloads

Designers, engineers, researchers, creative professionals all need the flexibility to run complex workflows – no matter where they’re working from. With the newest release of NVIDIA virtual GPU (vGPU) technology, enterprises can provide their employees with more power and flexibility through GPU-accelerated virtual machines from the data center or cloud. Available now, the latest version Read article >

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NVIDIA Expands vGPU Software to Accelerate Workstations, AI Compute Workloads

Designers, engineers, researchers, creative professionals all need the flexibility to run complex workflows – no matter where they’re working from.

With the newest release of NVIDIA virtual GPU (vGPU) technology, enterprises can provide their employees with more power and flexibility through GPU-accelerated virtual machines from the data center or cloud.

Available now, the latest version of our vGPU software brings GPU virtualization to a broad range of workloads — such as virtual desktop infrastructure, high-performance graphics, data analytics and AI —  thanks to its support for the new NVIDIA A40  and NVIDIA A100 80GB GPUs. The new release also supports the NVIDIA GPU Operator, a software framework that simplifies GPU deployment and management.

Powerful Performance for Power Users

NVIDIA RTX Virtual Workstation (vWS) software is a major component of the vGPU portfolio, designed to help users run graphics-intensive applications on virtual workstations. With NVIDIA A40 powering NVIDIA RTX vWS, professionals can achieve up to 60 percent(1) faster virtual workstation performance per user and 2x(2) faster rendering than the previous generation RTX 6000 GPUs.

NVIDIA A40 includes second-generation RT Cores and third-generation Tensor Cores to help users accelerate workloads like photorealistic rendering of movie content, architectural design evaluations, and virtual prototyping of product designs. With 48GB of GPU memory, professionals can easily work with massive datasets and run workloads like data science or simulation with even larger model sizes.

NVIDIA A40 support with the latest vGPU software enables complex graphics workloads to be run in a virtualized environment with performance that is on par with bare metal.

“With support for NVIDIA’s latest vGPU software, and the new NVIDIA A40 with Citrix Hypervisor 8.2 and Citrix Virtual Desktops, we can continue providing the performance customers need to run graphics-intensive visualization applications as their data and workloads grow,” said Calvin Hsu, vice president of product management at Citrix. “The combination of Citrix and NVIDIA virtualization technologies provides access to these applications from anywhere, with an experience that is indistinguishable from a physical workstation.”

The NVIDIA vGPU January 2021 software release supports the NVIDIA A100 80GB to deliver increased memory bandwidth, unlocking more power for large models. This builds on the September release, which introduced compute features that included support for the NVIDIA A100 Tensor Core GPU, the most advanced GPU for AI and high performance computing.

Additional new features include simplified GPU management in Kubernetes through NVIDIA GPU Operator, which is now supported with NVIDIA Virtual Compute Server and NVIDIA RTX vWS software. Containers, including the GPU-optimized software available in the NGC catalog, can be easily deployed and managed in VMs.

With this new release, customers and IT professionals can continue managing their multi-tenant workflows running in virtual machines using popular hypervisors, like Red Hat Enterprise Linux, while the certified GPU Operator brings a similar experience to containerized deployments on top of Red Hat virtualization platforms using Red Hat OpenShift.  

“The combination of NVIDIA’s latest generation A40 GPU and NVIDIA vGPU software, supported with Red Hat Enterprise Linux and Red Hat Virtualization, offers a powerful platform capable of serving some of the most demanding workloads ranging from AI/ML to visualization in the oil and gas as well as media and entertainment industries,” said Steve Gordon, director of product management at Red Hat. “As organizations transform and increasingly use containers orchestrated by Kubernetes as key building blocks for their applications, we see Red Hat OpenShift as a likely destination for containerized and virtualized workloads alike.”

To find a certified server, see the NVIDIA vGPU Certified Server page.

Learn more about NVIDIA vGPU software portfolio, which includes:

  • NVIDIA RTX Virtual Workstation (RTX vWS) (formerly known as Quadro Virtual Data Center Workstation or Quadro vDWS)
  • NVIDIA Virtual Compute Server (vCS)
  • NVIDIA Virtual PC (vPC) (formerly known as GRID vPC)
  • NVIDIA Virtual Applications (vApps) (formerly known as GRID vApps)

 

1. Tested on a server with Intel Xeon Gold 6154 3.0GHz 3.7GHz Turbo, RHEL 8.2, vGPU 12.0 software, running four concurrent users per GPU, RTX6000P-6Q versus A40-12Q, running SPECviewperf 2020 Subtest 4K 3dsmax-07 composite.

2. Iray 2020.1. Render time (seconds) of NVIDIA Endeavor scene.

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A Sense of Responsibility: Lidar Sensor Makers Build on NVIDIA DRIVE

When it comes to autonomous vehicle sensor innovation, it’s best to keep an open mind — and an open development platform. That’s why NVIDIA DRIVE is the chosen platform on which the majority of these sensors run. In addition to camera sensors, NVIDIA has long recognized that lidar is a crucial component to an autonomous Read article >

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A Sense of Responsibility: Lidar Sensor Makers Build on NVIDIA DRIVE

When it comes to autonomous vehicle sensor innovation, it’s best to keep an open mind — and an open development platform.

That’s why NVIDIA DRIVE is the chosen platform on which the majority of these sensors run.

In addition to camera sensors, NVIDIA has long recognized that lidar is a crucial component to an autonomous vehicle’s perception stack. By emitting invisible lasers at incredibly fast speeds, lidar sensors can paint a detailed 3D picture from the signals that bounce back instantaneously.

These signals create “point clouds” that represent a three-dimensional view of the environment, allowing lidar sensors to provide the visibility, redundancy and diversity that contribute to safe automated and autonomous driving.

Most recently, lidar makers Baraja, Hesai, Innoviz, Magna and Ouster have developed their offerings to run on the NVIDIA DRIVE platform to deliver robust performance and flexibility to customers.

These sensors offer differentiated capabilities for AV sensing, from Innoviz’s lightweight, affordable and long-range solid-state lidar to Baraja’s long wavelength, long-range sensors.

“The open and flexible NVIDIA DRIVE platform is a game changer in allowing seamless integration of Innoviz lidar sensors in endless new and exciting opportunities,” said Innoviz CEO Omer Keilaf.

Ouster’s OS series of sensors offers high resolution as well as programmable fields of view to address autonomous driving use cases. It also provides a camera-like image with its digital lidar system-on-a-chip for greater perception capabilities.

Hesai’s latest Pandar128 sensor offers a 360-degree horizontal field of view with a detection range from 0.3 to 200 meters. In the vertical field of view, it uses denser beams to allow for high resolution in a focused region of interest. The low minimum range reduces the blind spot area close to and in front of the lidar sensor.

“The Hesai Pandar128’s resolution and detection range enable object detection at greater distances, making it an ideal solution for highly automated and autonomous driving systems,” said David Li, co-founder and CEO of Hesai. “Integrating our sensor with NVIDIA’s industry-leading DRIVE platform will provide an efficient pathway for AV developers.”

The Hesai Pandar128 clearly detects objects and street signs at varying distances.

With the addition of these companies, the NVIDIA DRIVE ecosystem addresses every autonomous vehicle development need with verified hardware.

Plug and Drive

Typically, AV developers experiment with different variations of a sensor suite, modifying the number, type and placement of sensors. These configurations are necessary to continuously improve a vehicle’s capabilities and test new features.

An open, flexible compute platform can facilitate these iterations for effective autonomous vehicle development. And the industry agrees, with more than 60 sensor makers — from camera suppliers such as Sony, to radar makers like Continental, to thermal sensing companies such as FLIR — choosing to develop their products with the NVIDIA DRIVE AGX platform.

Along with the compute platform, NVIDIA provides the infrastructure to experience chosen sensor configurations with NVIDIA DRIVE Sim — an open simulation platform with plug-ins for third-party sensor models. As an end-to-end autonomous vehicle solutions provider, NVIDIA has long been a close partner to the leading sensor manufacturers.

“Ouster’s flexible digital lidar platform, including the new OS0-128 and OS2-128 lidar sensors, gives customers a wide variety of choices in range, resolution and field of view to fit in nearly any application that needs high-performance, low-cost 3D imaging,” said Angus Pacala, CEO of Ouster. “With Ouster as a member of the NVIDIA DRIVE ecosystem, our customers can plug and play our sensors easier than ever.”

A street level view from an Ouster lidar sensor.

Laser Focused

The NVIDIA DRIVE ecosystem includes a diverse set of lidar manufacturers — including Velodyne and Luminar as well as tier-1 suppliers — specializing in different features such as wavelength, signaling technique, field of view, range and resolution. This variety gives users flexibility as well as room for customization for their specific autonomous driving application.

The NVIDIA DriveWorks software development kit includes a sensor abstraction layer that provides a simple and unified interface that streamlines the bring-up process for new sensors on the platform. The interface saves valuable time and effort for developers as they test and validate different sensor configurations.

A 3D point cloud created by a Velodyne lidar sensor.

“To achieve maximum autonomous vehicle safety, a combination of sensor technologies including radar and lidar is required to see in all conditions. NVIDIA’s open ecosystem approach allows OEMs and tier 1s to select the safest and most cost-effective sensor configurations for each application,” said Jim McGregor, principal analyst at Tirias Research.

The NVIDIA DRIVE ecosystem gives autonomous vehicle developers the flexibility to select the right types of sensors for their vehicles, as well as iterate on configurations for different levels of autonomy. As an open AV platform with premier choices, NVIDIA DRIVE puts the automaker in the driver’s seat.

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Intel Invests Additional $475 Million in Vietnam

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In January 2021, Intel Corporation announces that a further investment of $475 million in Intel Products Vietnam. The new investment is in addition to Intel’s $1 billion investment to build a state-of-the-art chip assembly and test manufacturing facility in Saigon Hi-Tech Park, first announced in 2006. (Credit: Intel Corporation)
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What’s New: Intel Corporation today announced it has invested a further US$475 million in Intel Products Vietnam (IPV). This new investment is in addition to Intel’s US$1 billion investment to build a state-of-the-art chip assembly and test manufacturing facility in Saigon Hi-Tech Park (SHTP), first announced in 2006. This takes Intel’s total investment in its Vietnam facility to US$1.5 billion.

“As of the end of 2020, Intel Products Vietnam has shipped more than 2 billion units to customers worldwide. We’re very proud of this milestone, which shows both how important IPV is to helping Intel meet the needs of its customers all around the world, and why we continue to invest in our facilities and team here in Vietnam.”
–Kim Huat Ooi, vice president of Manufacturing and Operations and general manager of Intel Products Vietnam Co. Ltd.

Why It Matters: Intel Products Vietnam is an important part of Intel’s worldwide manufacturing presence. As Intel redefines its position in the industry from a CPU to a multi-architecture XPU company, IPV will continue to diversify and improve its local operations so that it can take on more complex technologies and new products to enable Intel to tap new market opportunities.

At the awarding ceremony of the Amended Investment Registration Certificate – Phase 1 Investment Expansion, Nguyen Anh Thi, president of Saigon Hi-Tech Park said, “We highly appreciate the expanded investment of Intel Vietnam, especially in the challenge of COVID pandemic, when most local and FDIs have been impacted. The increased investment decision from Intel means a great deal to us and proves Intel’s great confidence in the local workforce and the stable investment environment in Vietnam, HCMC and SHTP, in particular. We will continuously provide our best support to Intel operations and look forward to welcoming more U.S. investors, and consider Intel’s expansion and new investment in Vietnam, particularly in SHTP, as a great success story.”

More about Intel’s Investments: Intel’s additional investment of US$475 million was made between June 2019 and December 2020, and helped enhance manufacturing of Intel’s 5G products, Intel® Core™ processors with Intel® Hybrid Technology and 10th Gen Intel Core processors.

About Intel’s Role in Vietnam: IPV is the largest assembly and test manufacturing facility in the Intel assembly and test network. It has more than 2,700 employees and serves customers around the world. IPV is one of 10 manufacturing sites that Intel has globally and remains the largest U.S. high-tech investment in Vietnam.

More Context: Manufacturing News at Intel

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