SIGGRAPH 2014: Nvidia ships Visual Computing Appliance
August 13, 2014

SIGGRAPH 2014: Nvidia ships Visual Computing Appliance

SAN JOSE, CA — Nvidia ( is now shipping its Visual Computing Appliance (VCA) which dramatically accelerates ray tracing, enabling users to interact with computer models of such high visual fidelity that it can eliminate the need for 3D physical prototypes. Engineered and built by Nvidia, the appliance was first introduced in March 2014 at the GPU Technology Conference under the name "Iray VCA." The new name reflects expanded industry support for GPU rendering across multiple applications. 

Chaos Group is supporting V-Ray RT on VCA for Autodesk 3DS Max, with Autodesk Maya, McNeel Rhino, and Trimble SketchUp set for later in the year. Dassault Systemes 3DXCITE Bunkspeed support is also scheduled for later this year.

VCA is a scalable, network-attached GPU rendering appliance with eight high-end Nvidia GPUs. It is designed to do just one thing: provide designers and artists with the fastest and easiest way to create photorealistic images of their creations. VCA delivers a high-level of interactive performance in a scalable, network-attached turnkey appliance. It provides high-performance GPU rendering on-demand, requiring minimal technical support while still being easily accessible to anyone on the network who needs a performance boost.

VCA is available through Nvidia’s global VAR network of certified system integrators, including CADnetwork, Fluidyna, IGI and Migenius. Pricing is $50,000 in North America, and includes an Iray license and the first year of maintenance and updates.