Jon Peddie Blogs

When is enough, enough?

Posted by Kathleen Maher on May 20th 2014 | Permalink
Categories General Interest
Tags: technology citrix eurotrends

13 hours is enough for one workday The French, bless them, have decreed that work ends when workers leave the office. In a deal negotiated between employer federations and unions, workers can feel free to ignore emails from their bosses that come in after hours, and employers are being asked to take steps to enforce the rules. For instance, workers may be given separate phones or computers for work, which can be switched off. The details are still getting worked out, but there is a great deal of sympathy for the deal throughout the EU. I have absolutely no doubt there…

The next great era of computing started yesterday

Posted by Kathleen Maher on March 19th 2014 | Permalink
Categories General Interest
Tags: apple sxsw gdc

My mom figures everyone who works in the high-tech industry must know each other. She’ll ask if I know Julia O’Conner’s daughter, “She works in computers out there.” I don’t even know Julia O’Conner, but my mom sees the hightech industry as a monolithic group of people working in California who speak a foreign language. Sorting algorithms Now is the time of year when we see the tribes sorting themselves out. In this increasingly large population, there are discrete groups that just glancingly intersect each other. The mobile people gather in Barcelona for the Mobile World Conference (MWC), and many are…

Focusing on the big picture

Posted by Kathleen Maher on November 21st 2013 | Permalink
Categories General Interest
Tags: nvidia amd intel qualcomm maher jpr computer vision

As the players jockey for position, they look for territory to claim When you’ve been all over the place, it gets kind of hard to concentrate. The fragmenting digital market is just a huge challenge for companies to keep up with, and as a result, small companies have to make hard choices before their aspirations outstrip their budgets and big companies have to keep making a lot of money to fund all the opportunity coming their way … and then they have to make hard choices. Ever since AMD started coming out of its shell last summer, the company has been…

Trends and Forecasts in Computer Graphics— power-efficient rendering

Posted by Jon Peddie on October 1st 2013 | Permalink
Categories General Interest
Tags: apple qualcomm opengl es pixar tiling computer graphics imagination technologies opensubdivision power management deferred rendering

This is the second in a series of observations about computer graphics (CG) trends, opportunities, and challenges.  (the first installment can be found at )   Introduction Today’s mobile processors are improving at an astonishing rate – and consequently delivering visually stunning user experiences in less than 3 Watts of power consumption. Just how is it that mobile processors running at 5% of the power of a game console, can produce the kind of graphics realism we had previously come to expect only from game consoles. It’s all about the pixel and making it shine, without drinking a lot of…

The back-to-school season kicks off with a bang

Posted by Kathleen Maher on September 11th 2013 | Permalink
Categories General Interest
Tags: intel apple idf 64-bit krzanich moore's law

Intel’s IDF promotes the Internet of things and Apple introduces new things It’s back-to-school time and the news is coming really thick and fast. Is Apple doomed? Is the PC dead? Did Miley Cyrus do anything really embarrassing in the last 24 hours? We’re all going back to school because we’re going to have to learn new ways to do things. Luckily, it looks like education is going to be increasingly accessible via MOOCs (massive online open courses), which we can study using any device any time we’ve got a minute to get smarter. On the other side, the machines we’re…

Innovation; what takes so long?

Posted by Kathleen Maher on June 19th 2013 | Permalink
Categories General Interest
Tags: amd apple iphone cad maher e3 innovation

The subject for today is innovation. Isn’t it always? Yeah, but innovation isn’t something that can be tapped like a maple tree; it doesn’t arrive just because you sent a trainload of cash to go get it. After a long silence, AMD has unveiled new positioning and new resolve. At a recent meeting, AMD’s president Rory Read told analysts he wants a company that understands the market and the customer, made up of people who can declare, “I do what I say, I own what I say.” Apple’s Tim Cook unveiled a revamped, and surprisingly low-key Apple mission statement. Both companies…

Trends and Forecasts in Computer Graphics

Posted by Jon Peddie on June 19th 2013 | Permalink
Categories General Interest, New product showcase
Tags: apple mobile khronos trends api forecast

A new semi-regular series Having just finished a book on the history of computer graphics I’ve decided to be Janus and also look at the future, which seems appropriate because that’s where we’re all going to end up. Over the next few months I’m going to post essays and thoughts on what I see as the developing trends, and some far out ideas (like a totally voxel-based game and rendering engine). I’d also like to hear from you. What do you think is an interesting, or scary trend, and what would you like to see? Of course, I don’t have to…

Calling all old pixel pushers

Posted by Jon Peddie on January 17th 2011 | Permalink
Categories General Interest

I'm proud to say that I have been elected president of the Siggraph Pioneers for 2011 and 2012.My first act in this role is to invite new members to the organization.If you've been involved with computer graphics for the past 20 years or more you're eligible, and you should join us. Why?Because you have valuable experience you could share with others, and in particular youngsters entering the field.Because you’ll get to see some old friends, and maybe share some old memories.Because you’ll be recognized for your contribution to the industry And last but not least because I invited you.Computer Graphics Pioneer…

E3 Press event – press need not attend

Posted by Jon Peddie on June 16th 2010 | Permalink
Categories General Interest, Show reports

Against my better judgment I went to E3 two days early so I could attend the “press events” of the console companies. These events are often associated with some form (ahem) of entertainment. They are also oversubscribed, overcrowded, and usually uninformative. Why then are these megamillion dollar extravaganzas held? What’s the ROI for Microsoft, Nintendo, or Sony? Good question. It’s a matter of impressions PR people live for and get measured by the number of impressions they deliver for the dollar. An impression is measured by taking the readership of a magazine, website, radio show, etc, and dividing the costs of…


Posted by Jon Peddie on August 10th 2009 | Permalink
Categories General Interest, Show reports
Tags: graphics siggraph jon peddie rendering

For a recession, in an off-the-beaten-track southern city, in the dead of summer, Siggraph had a robust turnout, My guess was that about 18k pixel-loving souls made the trek, but the actual count was a little over 11k. I saw a lot of old friends, some from Japan, some from Redmond,  some from Holland, France, and Finland – so the show was enough of a magnet for some people to make that kind of time and money investment in these challenging economic times. The emerging technologies had its usual array of wacky wonderful weird things; one of the most impressive was a huge feathery…