Ray tracing and other recent trends
A few recent trends in GPU technology include:
- As of 2019, GPU vendors typically provide GPU virtualization, and new and more powerful GPU chips are coming out on a regular basis.
- In 2019, AMD introduced AMD unveiled, its full line of Radeon RX 5700 series GPUs. The series is based on AMD's Navi GPU architecture. Navi is seen as an upgrade to AMD's Graphics Core Next technology.
- ARM targeted the mobile augmented reality (AR) and virtual reality (VR) market with its Mali-G77 processors.
- NVIDIA continued to push its ray tracing capabilities, as part of its RTX platform. Ray tracing is seen as the next-step in the evolution of graphics rendering after rasterization. While rasterization uses objects created from a mesh of triangles to represent a 3D model, ray tracing provides realistic lighting by simulating the physical behavior of light by tracing the path of light as pixels in an image plane and simulating the effects.
- Enterprise-grade, data center GPUs are helping organizations harness parallel processing capabilities through hardware upgrades. This helps organizations accelerate workflows and graphics-intensive applications.