News has been floating around that nVidia has closed down gelato and moved that team on to port Mental Ray on Cuda. For those that don’t know what Cuda is, it allows you to run C code on the GPU. I have a friend that has ported several of his applications to run on cuda and has gained a 12x to 180x increase in performance going from an intel quad 2.4 to an 8800gt. The architecture requires things to be crazy multi threaded, MS word would run like crap, but photoshop could be 10x as fast (likely more than that).
This seems to be the next big revolution. I know there are nay sayers that will tout that cuda isnt that good. It has some strong limitations, but most of those dont effect rendering at all. nVidias GPUs are design from the ground up for rendering.
What is everyone elses thoughts on this?