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About FPGA rendering.

Hi,

I know the Arnold dev team is working hard on GPU rendering. But have you consider FPGA rendering? There are new FPGA board out that are making a lot of noise right now in the crypto mining world. Like this one for example:

https://www.xilinx.com/products/boards-and-kits/vcu1525-a.html

The key feature seams to be a dream for any CG artist:

Key Features & Benefits

  • Specialized reprogrammable hardware for computationally intensive applications, specifically targeting the fast-growing markets for live video transcoding, data analytics, genomics, and machine learning
  • Dual slot PCIe full-length, full height form-factor compliant
  • Delivers 10-100x performance acceleration over server CPUs with a board designed to support up to 225W
  • SDAccel platform reference design for custom board support
  • Supported with SDAccel Development Environment for OpenCL, C, C++ and RTL
  • VU9P Virtex UltraScale+ FPGA
  • 21 TOPs (8-bit integer precision)
  • 346Mb on chip memory
  • 64GB on board DD
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