[Bf-cycles] Switch to CUDA Toolkit 4.2
db4tech at yahoo.co.uk
Mon Apr 30 19:32:43 CEST 2012
Thank you for the download link. Here are my findings so far...
Mike Pan BMW test scene: Tried several times, re-rendering same scene
plus closing and opening Blender to being rendering, no crashes on
either GTX 460 or GTX 580M, render begins almost instantly thanks to
Brecht's amazing optimized BVH building.
Render times for CUDA Toolkit 4.2.9:
Can render almost a second faster if use the GTX 580M to run Blender
interface but then interface becomes too sluggish during long GPU
rendering, regrettably /(as you previously mentioned)/ using integrated
Intel graphics to run Blender interface means no Viewport GPU
rendering. Why does Viewport GPU rendering work using a 9600 GT for
display and a GTX 460 just for compute, it definitely uses the GTX 460
just for calculations?
Anyway I digress!
Only problem with 4.2.9 toolkit, there are errors rendering certain
materials, render results are identical for both GTX 460 and GTX 580M .
Below are compare images to highlight the problem areas.
Official Blender 263*
*Blender 263.1 CUDA 4.2.9 test version*
Hope this is helpful,
On 30/04/2012 12:40, Thomas Dinges wrote:
> Hi David,
> thanks for offering help. :)
> Here is a current version of Trunk for win64, compiled with the
> Toolkit 4.2 and kernels 13, 20, 21 and 30.
> Best regards,
> Am 29.04.2012 22:31, schrieb David Black:
>> Hi Thomas,
>> Do you have a download link for your compiled version with 4.2.9? If
>> helpful, can test it for you with both a 1GB GTX 460 and 2GB GTX 580m
>> then let you know the results, if it crashes/freezes or not.
>> Hope you're having a great weekend!
>> On 29/04/2012 17:29, Thomas Dinges wrote:
>>> Hi everyone,
>>> I did some extensive testing today with the new (stable release 4.2.9)
>>> CUDA Toolkit with Blender 2.63 (45996) and current Trunk.
>>> The results are fine (at least on my GT540 card), could not test other
>>> cards yet.
>>> Render time was the same, or in some cases a few seconds better.
>>> However I experienced 1 serious issue with the Mike Pan BMW Test scene.
>>> 2.63 compiled with Toolkit 4.2 did not want to render, it frooze at the
>>> "Packing BVH Triangles". I was unable to kill the Blender process, I had
>>> to force shut down my computer. This happened 2 times (I did not want to
>>> test it further).
>>> I think that this might be a bug in Cycles, because the same scene works
>>> fine in current Trunk (with the improved BVH code).
>>> So I would suggest to stick with Toolkit 4.0 for a possible Blender
>>> 2.63a, but switch to Toolkit 4.2 in SVN and for 2.64. I could not find
>>> an issue with it and current Trunk.
>>> Best regards,
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> Thomas Dinges
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