Hardware Acceleration

Andrew Yung ayung at bccancer.bc.ca
Wed Aug 4 18:28:44 EDT 1999

How does one determine whether a vtk program is using hardware acceleration
or not?  I am currently developing a program on a PC, with an ATI 3d Rage
Pro.  Assuming that my card is capable of accelerating OpenGL rendering
(which I'm not sure it can), do I have to specify somewhere in my code to
render my scene in hardware as opposed to using "software rendering"?

If I were to acquire a 3D card to improve rendering speed for vtk, what kind
of features should I be looking for?  Are there any cards out there that are
specifically suited to, say, rendering large amounts of medical image data,
running on a PC platform?


Andrew Yung
BC Cancer Agency

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