Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 5th Sep 2006 21:37 UTC
Games A new company called AIseek announced what it describes as the world's first dedicated processor for artificial intelligence. Called the Intia Processor, the AI chip would work in conjunction with optimized titles to improve nonplayer character AI. Similar to the way in which physics accelerators can make a game's environment look much more realistic, Intia would make the NPCs act more true to life. There goes yet another PCI slot.
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money for old rope
by REM2000 on Tue 5th Sep 2006 22:12 UTC
REM2000
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2006-07-25

just like the physic's card before it, the technology will either be swallowed up and put into the GPU or into directX (or some other software layer).

Thats not to say that the technology is boring, as modern games are becoming very complex and certain features are now becoming a standard with games without them being frowned upon. For example any modern FPS without Rag doll physic's is seen as missing a large important feature.

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RE: money for old rope
by Nicholas Blachford on Wed 6th Sep 2006 01:48 in reply to "money for old rope"
Nicholas Blachford Member since:
2005-07-06

just like the physic's card before it, the technology will either be swallowed up and put into the GPU or into directX (or some other software layer).

Except the physics chip has not been swallowed up.
The GPUs can so far only do much simpler physics and it's far too slow in software.

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RE[2]: money for old rope
by siki_miki on Wed 6th Sep 2006 11:16 in reply to "RE: money for old rope"
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2006-01-17

Exactly.
With GPU's (currently) it's a one direction modification (a shader program doing it) so CPU can't find what changes in scene were made by that physics algorithm and game logic can't interact with results of physics interaction, making it just a nice vertex-morphing GFX effect about which game engine doesn't know much about.

OTOH physx device returns changed data to CPU so it can ,for example, make a bullet hole in a flag which suddely waved in opposite direction (with wind effect dynamics completely simulated by physx) and intersected a bullet trajectory. Not yet possible if you want to offload that job to GPU (either round trips are required, or more game/engine logic should be moved onto GPU) and such dynamics can be much slower on basic CPU's, so physx fills that niche.

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