Not April Fool’s

I mentioned in a post last week that I expected interest in ray-tracing to increase. So, there actually does appear to have been an uptick in Google searches on the term “ray-tracing,” looking at Google Trends. The last time there was as much interest was March 2010 (though other months in between have come close).

It’s a funny area to explore: South Korea seems the most interested, by far. Under “Related topics” is “NVIDIA – Company,” which is not surprising. What’s funny is that if you click that topic, you find that NVIDIA is of strongest interest in Romania, followed by Czechia, Estonia, Hungary, then Russia. I assumed the explanation is “Bitcoin,” but that’s not quite right. According to NVIDIA’s CEO, it’s actually Ethereum mining, as Bitcoins are most profitably mined by custom ASICs at this point.¬†Such a¬†world.

3 comments

  1. Keldor’s avatar

    There’s a good reason that ray tracing is up in searches – Microsoft made a major announcement concerning a ray tracing API in DirectX.

    https://blogs.msdn.microsoft.com/directx/2018/03/19/announcing-microsoft-directx-raytracing/

  2. Eric’s avatar

    Yes, I assumed that people had read my previous post from the week before – not a good assumption. I’ve now modified the post to point at it.

  3. Keldor’s avatar

    Huh. I missed that post completely. I mean, I saw the one about the new edition of the book (yay!) and was wondering if it needed a new chapter about ray tracing, given recent developments, but I missed the other two posts.

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