Thursday, August 26, 2004

Graphics

In response to a previous post, Chandra asks:
Turing awards are typically given for work
that induce a paradigm shift. Not being very
knowledgeable about graphics, I would like to
know whether there have been any recent paradigm
shifts in graphics.
Hmm. I am not an expert, but here are some things:
  • The switch from vector to raster graphics
  • The use of specialized hardware (the graphics card) for rendering operations
  • (and this is far too soon to tell) the advent of programmability in graphics cards.
all of these are fairly recent. It would be fair to say that much of the modern state of graphics reflects innovation that happened starting in the late 80s and going forward, and considering that the most recent Turing Award was given for something invented in the late 70s....



As an aside, wouldn't it be nice to have RSS feeds for comments ? I don't have any illusions that people are falling over themselves to hear what I have to say, but the only easy way for me to respond to comments in a way that they can find out is to reply directly (not always possible) or post a new entry.

Haloscan used to do this, but blogger doesn't... yet....
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