If you have had the opportunity to see “Inception”, you know how visually stunning it is. If you haven’t seen it, the visual effects alone are well worth it! DoubleNegetive, who is responsible for the films visual effects, uses a proprietary fluid simulation system, known as “Squirt.” “Squirt has recently been rewritten to take advantage of NVIDIA CUDA parallel computing architecture and Quadro graphics processing units.
Double Negative (DNeg) created visual effects for several of this year’s nominated films including “Inception,” “Iron Man 2,” and “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1.” Central to DNeg’s effects workflow is their proprietary fluid simulation system, known as “Squirt,” a component of which was recently rewritten to leverage the NVIDIA CUDA parallel computing architecture and Quadro graphics processing units (GPUs).
“Moving our fluid solver onto the GPU allows our artists to get back the results of their simulations much faster,” said Dan Bailey, lead GPU developer, DNeg. “Fluid simulations are now sent to a specialized GPU farm, giving artists more time to iterate and ramp up the complexity of a shot to achieve a more believable result for the big screen.”