ANAHEIM, CA (SIGGRAPH 2013) July 25 2013 - We have no new products to show," AMD told us, in their big booth at SIGGRAPH, "but we have a lot of partners here in the booth showing interesting uses of our graphics boards." AMD's line of graphics boards for professionals is known as FirePro and right now AMD is feeling pretty good at winning major sales with the upcoming XBox One, Playstation 4, and Apple Mac Pro.
Many of the demo stations showed off FirePro boards hard at work pushing 4K resolution to as many as six monitors -- that's 3840x2160 to each monitor. But there were two of interest to CAD users.
If there is a theme to SIGGRAPH 2013, it is handling massive data, like 6x 4K monitors or billions of 3D points. To help move all this data, Cintoo3D offers that offers multi-resolution lossless compression. (They are a brand-new French company, just launched this month, an off-shoot of a university.) Technically, they use wavelet-based CODECs (coders, decoders) using vector quantitization running on the GPUs of FirePro graphics boards. Well, any graphics board that supports OpenCL.
The practical effect is that meshes and textures are compressed 50x or more for transmission and storage. When it comes times to view, a slider lets us see greater or less detail in real-time. Ceo Andre Labat told us that CAD models are easier than M&E, because textures are hard to compress, and CAD generally doesn't use them.