April, 2010

Badaboom and the new NVIDIA GF100 cards

Some of you are probably wondering whether Badaboom will support the latest NVIDIA GTX 480, GTX 470, GTX 465 and GTX 460 cards, code named “GF100”. Well, the short answer is yes, but it’s not ready yet.  Badaboom uses an earlier version of Elemental’s video engine code base that requires some updates to work with the latest CUDA driver releases.  However, Elemental is currently focused on our enterprise product line, and this is where our GPU development resources are completely committed right now. We’ve made major updates to our underlying video processing engine, which improve on features and functionality along with optimizations for GF100. We are first integrating that into our enterprise products. Support for this engine within Badaboom is currently expected to be available in Q4 of 2010.

The good news is we have taken a deep look at the NVIDIA GTX 480 and GTX 470 cards and the performance potential for Badaboom is excellent! We wish we had the bandwidth to take care of this immediately, but as with all things, we must pick and choose our battles. We are absolutely committed to GPU acceleration.