Get ready for the ‘holy grail’ of computer graphics

Ray tracing has always been the “holy grail” of computer graphics, says Jason Ronald, head of program management for the gaming console Xbox.

The technique simulates a three-dimensional image by calculating each ray of light and promises stunning lighting effects with realistic reflections and shadows.

The method finds where it bounces, collects information about what those objects are, then uses it to lay down a pixel and compose a scene.

While the techniques have been around for a long time, “we just haven’t had processing power to deliver all of that in real time”, Mr Ronald says.

In Hollywood, special effects have used ray tracing for a decade. For an important sequence, computers could churn overnight for a single frame.

To do this for games in real time, you need to condense that to 1/60th of a second. Processing speed has now caught up to the task.

Ray tracing creates

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What is a motherboard?

In the world of consumer tech, the word motherboard gets thrown around a lot, especially when talking brands like Asus and Intel. But what is a motherboard? It sounds pretty important. Well, if you were to think of your computer as a body, the CPU would be the brain while the motherboard would be the heart. It’s responsible for power routing, which helps coordinate how all CPU components work with one another.

Note that this is not the same as the CPU, which is where all the computations are performed. The motherboard simply organizes these computations and their results. While it doesn’t hold a lot of power itself, nothing else could work without the motherboard, which is why it is considered so vital. Here’s what else you need to know.

What components make up a motherboard?

There are several different motherboard designs and form factors, which have been updated

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Is Allot Communications (ALLT) Outperforming Other Computer and Technology Stocks This Year?

Investors focused on the Computer and Technology space have likely heard of Allot Communications (ALLT), but is the stock performing well in comparison to the rest of its sector peers? By taking a look at the stock’s year-to-date performance in comparison to its Computer and Technology peers, we might be able to answer that question.

Allot Communications is one of 613 companies in the Computer and Technology group. The Computer and Technology group currently sits at #4 within the Zacks Sector Rank. The Zacks Sector Rank gauges the strength of our 16 individual sector groups by measuring the average Zacks Rank of the individual stocks within the groups.

The Zacks Rank is a proven model that highlights a variety of stocks with the right characteristics to outperform the market over the next one to three months. The system emphasizes earnings estimate revisions and favors companies with improving earnings outlooks. ALLT

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Congress may unite on fighting China with $100B tech industry boost

WASHINGTON ― Congress would pump $100 billion into the National Science Foundation for research into artificial intelligence, quantum computing, advanced communications, robotics and more under a bipartisan proposal led by the Senate’s top Democrat.

The Endless Frontier Act, led by Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer and announced Wednesday, would rename the National Science Foundation as the National Science and Technology Foundation and add a technology directorate with “DARPA-like authorities” to oversee research and make contract awards in select technology areas. The $100 billion would be spread over five years.

A typically divided Congress is uniting in its anger against China: The House on Wednesday was poised to pass sanctions on Chinese officials for human rights abuses against Muslim minorities, while the Senate was considering sanctions to punish China for its crackdown on Hong Kong.

Schumer’s bill is co-sponsored by Sen. Todd Young, R-Ind. A House version is

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