AnandTech | Microsoft Details Direct3D 11.3 & 12 New Rendering Features
The facades and columns of the Italian-designed University Building, the Institute of Archaeology and the Arts Academy blackened by exhaust fumes and dirt have been sprayed clean and hundreds of broken tiles have been replaced. “Luckily his visit has given Tirana a facelift; its shine is back,” said Dorina Tocaj, a young mother pushing her baby in a pram as workers hurried to complete the final touches. POLITICAL BICKERING Raqi, a telephone technician working nearby, told Reuters: “I’ve been crossing it all my life, so I find it a bit strange and amazing to see that it was actually so much better 70 years ago.” The square, originally designed in 1940 by an Italian architect when Albania was under the occupation of Mussolinis Italy, takes its present name from Mother Teresa of Calcutta, the ethnic Albanian Nobel Peace Prize winner who is one step from sainthood within the Catholic Church. Albanians — Catholics, Orthodox Christians and Muslims alike — are expected to pack the square on Sunday to hear the pope speak during his day-trip across the Adriatic from Italy. Francis is expected to celebrate the revival of religion in Albania, banned under a Stalinist regime in power for four decades following World War Two, and the peaceful co-existence of faiths in the predominantly Muslim but largely secular Balkan country. Large pictures of Albanian Catholic clerics who were executed or died in labor camps under dictator Enver Hoxha have been hung along the main boulevard running from the square. Albania’s progress towards the European mainstream over the past two decades has been rocky, plagued by weak governance and political parties often at each other’s throats. In 2006, when Socialist Prime Minister Edi Rama was mayor of Tirana, the government under then Democrat premier Sali Berisha bulldozed a half-built flyover started by Rama. The current government is now resisting the extension of the main boulevard by the Democrat mayor. Rama won plaudits as mayor for giving parts of the capital a new lick of bright paint, though much is still to be done.
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In particular, low level access would improve performance both by reducing the overhead high level APIs incur, and by allowing developers to better utilize multi-threading by making it far easier to have multiple threads submitting work. At the time Microsoft offered brief hints that there would be more to Direct3D 12 than just the low level API, but the low level API was certainly the focus for the day. Now as part of NVIDIAs launch of the second generation Maxwell based GeForce GTX 980, Microsoft has opened up to the press and public a bit more on what their plans are for Direct3D. Direct3D 12 will indeed introduce new features, but there will be more in development than just Direct3D 12. Direct3D 11.3 First and foremost then, Microsoft has announced that there will be a new version of Direct3D 11 coinciding with Direct3D 12. Dubbed Direct3D 11.3, this new version of Direct3D is a continuation of the development and evolution of the Direct3D 11 API and like the previous point updates will be adding API support for features found in upcoming hardware. At first glance the announcement of Direct3D 11.3 would appear to be at odds with Microsofts development work on Direct3D 12, but in reality there is a lot of sense in this announcement. Direct3D 12 is a low level API powerful, but difficult to master and very dangerous in the hands of inexperienced programmers. The development model envisioned for Direct3D 12 is that a limited number of code gurus will be the ones writing the engines and renderers that target the new API, while everyone else will build on top of these engines. This works well for the many organizations that are licensing engines such as UE4, or for the smaller number of organizations that can justify having such experienced programmers on staff.
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