Adobe and NVIDIA have formed a strategic partnership to rapidly enhance their industry-leading artificial intelligence (AI) and deep learning technologies.
As a sign of its coming of age, the GPU Technology Conference (GTC) held annually in San Jose, California since 2009, is no longer a niche event but one that is drawing the who’s who of the technology industry.
NVIDIA’s shift of focus from being a visual computing company to an AI company has certainly played a big part in the expansion of the conference. It has attracted around 50 sponsors and 150 exhibitors on top of more than 7,000 participants.
However, it’s not the number of sponsors and exhibitors but rather the quality that is worthy of attention. The line-up of technology firms includes luminaries such as Adobe, Alibaba, Amazon, Autodesk, Cisco, Cray, Dell EMC, DreamWorks Animation, IBM Watson, Lenovo, Microsoft, Samsung Electronics, Verizon Labs, VMware, and Yahoo Research.
With AI being such a prime mover of autonomous vehicles, it is also not surprising that leading names in the automotive industry were also present — BMW Group, Chevron, ExxonMobil, Ford Motor Company, General Motors, Honda Research Institute, and Mercedes-Benz R&D North America.
Amid the various booths showcasing VR technologies was one by NASA Ames Research Center, which showed a VR demonstration on Mars.
NVIDIA has announced the first GPU-acceleration of Adobe Illustrator CC – enabling graphic artists to seamlessly interact with vector art at any resolution, and to smoothly pan and zoom significantly faster than previously possible. With this new feature powered by NVIDIA GPUs, Illustrator CC can now accelerate the entire canvas by up to 10-times faster than previously possible on Windows 7 or 8-based systems with compatible GPUs.
GPU acceleration in Illustrator CC specifically benefits the wide range of users working with 2D vector graphics, including graphic designers, illustrators and typographers creating media across web, print, mobile and more. While GPU acceleration is the norm in 3D content creation, those working in 2D have traditionally been restricted to driving all computing performance through the CPU. Now 2D artists and designers can experience fully interactive performance with even the most complex, high-resolution graphics.
This new Illustrator CC performance boost is based on an optimised NVIDIA technology called NV Path Rendering that is implemented as an extension to OpenGL, an open standard for graphics performance.
NVIDIA has introduced the industry’s first visual computing appliance that enables businesses to deliver ultra-fast GPU performance to any Windows, Linux or Mac client on their network.
The NVIDIA GRID Visual Computing Appliance (VCA) is a powerful GPU-based system that runs complex applications such as those from Adobe Systems, Autodesk and Dassault Systèmes, and sends their graphics output over the network to be displayed on a client computer. This remote GPU acceleration gives users the same rich graphics experience they would get from an expensive, dedicated PC under their desk.
NVIDIA GRID VCA provides enormous flexibility to small and medium-size businesses with limited IT infrastructures. Their employees can, through the simple click of an icon, create a virtual machine called a workspace. These workspaces – which are, effectively, dedicated, high-performance GPU-based systems – can be added, deleted or reallocated as needed.
This year’s Global Partner Summit, organised by hybris, took place in Munich, Germany and attracted more than 800 global delegates — double that of last year. In its 12th year, the Partner Summit provides a forum for more than hybris solution partners from around the world to come together to share ideas, network with peers and meet domain experts. Delegates also received the latest information on hybris, its strategic direction and products, including the hybris Innovation Lab featuring exciting innovations in omni-channel commerce.
During the three-day conference, delegates were also given the opportunity to dive into different presentations covering areas such as e-business, delivery, and technology, and attend workshops that focused on knowledge transfer for the technical staff within partner organisations. Attendees also heard presentations from the likes of Adobe, Bazaarvoice, Celum, and Compuware.
This year’s Partner Conference was an unmitigated success, with twice the number of delegates compared to last year. The event is an important opportunity for us to show our partner ecosystem the impetus that hybris has in the market, the solutions we deliver and how the company is performing. Year on year we hear from our partners what an important event this is for them as they learn first-hand about our new product innovations and best practices for project delivery,” said Frank Schoutissen, Vice President of Channel of hybris. “It also allows hybris to showcase the success of our partners with our awards program and to promote this to other attendees at the event,” concluded Schoutissen.