Understanding computer rendering

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Computer rendering became a buzzword in the 60s and 70s with the launch of Ivan Sutherland’s Sketchpad program. Sutherland wrote the program as part of his thesis, for which he received the Turing Award in 1988 and the Kyoto Prize in 2012. To understand computer rendering, we need to understand why it exists and how it continues to drive tech innovation today.

Sutherland’s Sketchpad was the pioneer of human-computer interaction. Human-computer interaction is the springboard for how the fourth industrial revolution continues to shape how we live by blurring the line between physical and digital realities.

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Rendering PC

According to Google and Wikipedia, rendering generates a photorealistic or non-photorealistic image from a 2D or 3D model using a computer program. Using sophisticated software and advanced computer science, a render uses data (images, drawings etc.) and applies geometry, viewpoint, texture, lighting and shading to create a virtual reality.

Think about a movie you’ve recently watched. Could you tell which parts of the scenes were genuine and which were rendered? Or the potential of drone rendering and how this type of tech can change the game?

As you can imagine, to create this virtual reality, a computer must be able to process large volumes of graphics data to calculate the desired effects of the user’s objective. This is why custom-built rendering PCs are the best option for architects, designers and engineers. Experts combine the best-in-class hardware and software to meet the user’s needs.

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Custom rendering and modelling PC

So we know what output we need. Now we need to ‘look under the bonnet’ to identify the smaller parts we’ll need to make up the whole. In custom PCs, these parts include power, performance, GPUs and CPUs, memory and storage. What is also vital is that the hardware selection marries the software capabilities.

Acronyms and sophisticated computer jargon crowd the IT world, so it’s necessary to employ the skills of experts in building custom PCs. A detailed conversation will need to establish the PC requirements needed to deliver on the complex needs of the job.

These needs extend from complex modelling capabilities for an artist, architect or designer and finite element analysis (FEA) that numerically solves differential equations in engineering and mathematical modelling to the complex dynamics of fluid mechanics in computational fluid dynamics (CFD).

Whatever the application, 3D custom rendering and modelling have changed industries, simulating real-world environments rich in texture, realism and depth, so working with the experts to build a workstation capable of delivering an experience based on the true benefits of 3D rendering software is crucial.

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Innovation that exceeds expectations

When commissioning a custom-built rendering computer, a key attribute to remember is that what you build today needs to manage tomorrow’s innovation expectations. To render a machine is a resource-intensive process. All the components need to operate synchronously, so if one component fails, the entire system could collapse and not deliver the expected rendering or modelling experience.

Non-negotiables in custom-built PCs are memory capacity, software compatibility and upgrade or update capacity, optimised program settings, best-in-class, superior GPU and CPU components and quality HDD or SDD storage. Regular product drops, tech development updates and improvements are happening consistently. Partnering with experts at the coalface of these announcements is fundamental when building a custom PC that meets the needs of today but expectations of tomorrow.

Contact us if you need help with your custom-built rendering or modelling PC or want to discuss your workstation needs.

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