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Bart Veldhuizen

I have a LONG history with Blender - I wrote some of the earliest Blender tutorials, worked for Not a Number and helped run the crowdfunding campaign that open sourced Blender (the first one on the internet!). I founded BlenderNation in 2006 and have been editing it every single day since then ;-) I also run the Blender Artists forum and I'm Head of Community at Sketchfab.


      • I meant the dev fund rather than their direct collaboration with the Blender Foundation in implementing OpenCL support in Blender which I'm quite aware of by the way. By doing so, AMD just promotes their GPUs because so far they've been only interested in a particular part of the program, writing the OpenCL split kernel that is.

        • "AMD just promotes their GPUs ", unlike NVIDIA who funds development " to keep NVIDIA's GPU technology well supported", which is completely different.

          • The new devs are going to work on core Blender development too. I remember AMD also granted them a couple grand provided the money was going to be spent on supporting AMD features better. Let's put it this way - that was their primary concern so it's pretty safe to say it wasn't an unconditional one-off donation. They don't give a **** about supporting the Blender Foundation in general unlike what the current patrons have done in this regard though AMD might have (given how much they make per year). Don't get me wrong, I'm in no position to criticize or give advice, but c'mon AMD, follow suit - we'll all appreciate that.

    • Marc Driftmeyer on

      The problem is the Pro Render now relies on some of the Mesa AMDGPU Pro packages and unless you are on an older 4.18 kernel you have zero DKMS capabilities and thus not only is the OpenCL stack for the Pro Stack not working well outside of those ``sanctioned distributions'' for Linux, ProRenderer is crippled and full of artifacts on renders.

      I'm using the 19.30 Pro Driver OpenCL stack to work inside Debian and it clearly would do well for AMD to coordinate with Debian and allow them a means to build actual fully sanitized Debian deb packages that force one to go fully AMDGPU Pro stack or ultimately leaving fans of AMD stuck with moving to Nvidia to get rendering work done.

  1. Yeh after seeing hardware vendors using the BMW tests Nvidia released and rightly so that their cards will sell better if those Blender tests look good! That is the kind of strategic move I would have made, good on yah!

  2. Awesome nvidia. I hope nvidia can make OptiX for GTX (Tensorflow + etc) it's software too can make fast render like E-Cycles, Denoiser, intel denoiser, etc. Not only hardware.

  3. I just bought a Ryzen system, would love that AMD thanks me, by hopping in the Blender bandwagon! Great news! Blender will be the perfect rendition of a community built software, that 3D artists actually can use! Nvidia's financial help will help pay for coffee and dev!

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