NVIDIA CUDA to accelerate Photoshop

Posted on Sunday, Aug 24 2008 @ 03:00 CEST by Thomas De Maesschalck
TG Daily noticed NVIDIA's new CUDA 2.0 API features a Photoshop plug-in example that shows developers how to design plug-ins that run on GeForce graphics cards.
While we expect Intel’s discrete graphics card and accelerator board Larrabee to be release in 2009 or in 2010, we see Nvidia expanding its CUDA strategy to push GPU acceleration into the mainstream market. The company today released CUDA 2.0, which includes support for 32 and 64-bit Windows Vista and Mac OS X as well as 3D textures and hardware interpolation.

What caught our attention however, is Nvidia’s note the developer kit also includes “an Adobe Photoshop plug-in example for both PC and Mac versions of the software.” According to the Nvidia, that plug-in “allows developers to design plug-ins that move the most compute-intensive functions of Adobe Photoshop to the GPU”, which could deliver “dramatic performance improvements” and enable “advanced filters and imaging techniques that are available directly within Adobe Photoshop.”

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Re: NVIDIA CUDA to accelerate Photoshop
by Anonymous on Sunday, Aug 24 2008 @ 22:52 CEST
It's a smart move, which seems rare for Nvidia these days. What would be funny would be to see Nvidia build other company accelerators, Havok for an amusing example. Just a tech demonstration for folks out there to get a taste of what Cuda can do. Excel accelerators would hit the mainstream, so that's another area they could venture into.