Where is the requirement for needing a Quadro for Iray? I didn’t see that mentioned in the specs. I could’ve missed it though.
iRay is the next in what is likely a long line of Quadro lock-in strategies.
This is based on evidence - it’s not a wacky bash
The only evidence I’ve seen so far is their demo at SIGraph, where they used “15 GPUs” to get accelerated rendering. They don’t state that they’re using Quadros; more likely Teslas. But like has been stated elsewhere, the GTX 285 and the Tesla have the same amount of cores, Tesla only gaining 3 more GB of RAM per unit and quadruple the cost. So it seems certain that imacRay will run on Geforces, but you’d still need 15 of them or so to approach what they demonstrated at the convention.
So will ipodRay simply accelerate MR renders? I’ve still seen no evidence or benchmarks of this occuring. The demo just shows Reality Server working with iRay, and those 15 GPU’s are in a cluster “somewhere in the cloud”.
But from the actual tech document:
The exact GPU hardware specifications vary with content and application requirements and CUDA-enabled GPUs will be required for high performance. While all CUDA-enabled GPUs are supported, irays memory requirements will make NVIDIA Quadro®, QuadroPlex® and Tesla® systems for workstations as well as Tesla server units the platforms of choice in most situations.
So, CGB, it was another “wacky bash”. iray is memory-hungry, and as of now Geforces lack the memory to utilize its potential. If anything, they’re trying to justify the Tesla, not the Quadro.
iray is NOT an accelerator for mental ray, but a separate entity altogether.
iray is a new rendering mode of mental ray and RealityServer. Both mental ray and RealityServer (and the iray Integrator Edition) are complete rendering solutions for OEM product integration and standalone deployment.
And one more…
There currently are no plans for supporting OpenCL.
Just wanted to clarify and demistify.