Second generation Ultrabook™ devices now with touch and sensor technology as well as very powerful 3rd generation Intel® Core™ processors (code named Ivy Bridge) are an ideal platform for graphics and gaming. Ivy Bridge processors provide higher performance and consume less power than their predecessors-2nd generation Intel® Core™ processors (code named Sandy Bridge). Both these microarchitectures include Intel® HD Graphics-graphics and CPU capabilities on the same die. This article acts as a “Where to start” guide by listing resources on the Intel® Developer Zone site that give an overview of the Ivy Bridge architecture and help game developers optimize their applications to take advantage of the graphics capabilities of Ultrabook devices.
Section 1: Graphics development best practices:
This section lists resources that give you an overview of the Ivy Bridge architecture with best practices and recommendations for driver overhead, early-Z reduction, vertex processing, anti-aliasing, and pixel processing with a focus on DirectX* 9, 10, 11 on Intel® microarchitecture. You will also find articles that provide tips and tricks for porting games on multiple mobile devices with varying resolutions and hardware capabilities.
Section 2: Leveraging Processor Graphics for simulation and performance:
The resources in this section help you to optimize your code to take maximum advantage of the Processor Graphics. You will learn about techniques such as CPU-Onloading for balancing workload between CPU and GPU, improving Sensory System Performance through multi-threading, and an introduction to fluid dynamics and simulation in video games.
Section 3: Tools:
In this section are resources that explain the Intel® Media SDK, which provides cross-platform, cross-OS libraries to expose the media acceleration capabilities of Intel® platforms. You will also find resources on other graphics tools like Intel® Graphics Performance Analyzers, Microsoft GPUView*, and VTune™ Amplifier XE.
For more information and resources on developing, optimizing, and monetizing applications for Ultrabook devices, visit our Ultrabook Community. Also, visit the Visual Computing Community for an extensive collection of support materials and the Visual Computing Forum for help with any questions you may have.
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