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Tim Wilson
Re: New NVIDIA release will be the last to support CUDA on Mac
on Nov 25, 2019 at 6:39:15 pm

[Jeremy Garchow] "who cares what I think"

I do! I do!

[Jeremy Garchow] "Apple hasn't made it easy, Nvidia hasn't made it easy."

This really does feel like about the right take to me. It's reductive and not especially informative to try to pin more of the blame on one or the other, and for a lot of people in the heart of the "video" part of video production, it doesn't much matter.

In the bigger picture, I'd always rather see everyone get along. I have a computer, I want to put stuff in it, it should be doable, especially if the stuff I want to use is otherwise industry-standard and generally considered best of class.

[Jeremy Garchow] "There were so many barefeats tests back in the day with all these really expensive GPUs that weren't doing a ton more than much less expensive (and less powerful) GPUs for most work."

I think that's true for an awful lot of people in an awful lot of circumstances. I remember when ICE cards were the thing that everyone had to have for rendering in After Effects. They really were everywhere. I asked my then-boss Boris why he wasn't more excited about optimizing Boris FX plug-ins for ICE. He replied, "Hardware can goose performance in the short run, but in the long run, software is always faster." He predicted that he'd never be able to recover the revenue he invested in optimizing for even this very popular platform before CPU and OS advances made it obsolete. He was right of course.

But as you note, Jeremy, that's a world where ray tracing and enterprise-class VFX aren't really a factor. It's irrelevant for Apple to provide support for multiple NVIDIA GPUs strung together, because the host software that runs such configurations tends not to be written for Macs anyway. Apple hasn't chased every potential customer for 25 years or more.

I'd still rather see a world where they're working with more partners rather than fewer, but I'm used to not getting much of what I want. :-)

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