[rc5] Accelerating computations.

Brian Neal bneal at volusianet.net
Sat Nov 8 20:39:00 EST 1997


Isn't 3dfx strictly opengl?

-brian

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From: Perry Lucas <perry3 at usit.net>
To: rc5 at llamas.net <rc5 at llamas.net>
Date: Saturday, November 08, 1997 3:31 PM
Subject: [rc5] Accelerating computations.


> I recently just added my PII 300 the effort, but was wondering why it
>wouldn't be possible to convert some video accelerators to do the
>computations.  For instance, the 3DFX chipset outperforms the pentium in
>math computations relative to graphics.  It is  currently designed souly
>for graphic usage,  however, I am sure client software could be piped
>through DirectX to take advantage of the processing power of these chips by
>using write screen and read screen commands.  And with the VooDoo 2 chipset
>on the way, doing 50 BOPS (Billion Opertations Per Second) would surely be
>more advantageous.  (For those quake fanatics, it runs quake at 100+ frames
>per second at 640x480...)
>
>--Perry Lucas
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