optix history

Hi all,

I’d like to write about optix in my thesis. To start with it, I wanted to write somehting like “in 2006 nVidia released its ray tracing acceleration engine called Optix …”. But I could not find a real date for it. Is there any initial press anouncement or Siggraph-talk that I could reference.

thanks for the help

If you have a developer.nvidia.com account (free, create one at the top right corner of that page, it’s not the same as on this forum) you can scroll through the release archives you can find under the download button here:
https://developer.nvidia.com/optix

Which leads to this direct link to the download page, login required:
https://developer.nvidia.com/optix-download

At the bottom of that page you’ll see that OptiX 1.0 was released Nov 3, 2009.

A small history of GPU raytracing in videos is this:
(Wow, didn’t know that video links get embedded automatically. ;-))

2008 Whitted ray tracing on four GT200GL. Ignited work on OptiX. (I didn’t find a video from the SIGGRAPH 2008 where it was shown first.): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BAZQlQ86IB4

2009 Brute force path tracing: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i8F_48nyW90

2010 NVIDIA Design Garage Fermi launch demo: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qidy4xf1T4k

Same thing as 64-bit version handling bigger data: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0HJLtqGpAHU

2012 PhysX research water simulation enhanced with real-time ray tracing visualization: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h5mRRElXy-w

Thanks a lot. That’s the date I was looking for. I also found this paper:

Parker, Bigler et al. , “OptiX: a general purpose ray tracing engine”, ACM Transactions on Graphics (TOG) - Proceedings of ACM SIGGRAPH 2010, Volume 29 Issue 4, July 2010 (http://dl.acm.org/citation.cfm?id=1778803)

Also relevant: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/OptiX