This invention could be relevant for the CAD / CAM metaverse • The Register


Nvidia CEO Jensen Huang keeps inventing, as if his role in the GPU boom wasn’t enough.

A patent application published on December 2 credits Huang as one of the inventors of a system to open and share a file in the cloud without the need for a corresponding app on local devices.

Instead, the opened file is encoded and presented via a video stream, everything takes place in the cloud. To be clear, the request is in line with the filings and patents issued since 2012 related to graphics processing in the cloud and GPUs connected to the network. The new patent has not yet been granted.

The names of company CEOs are often associated with patents because this adds legitimacy to an invention and makes it easier to defend in court. Steve Jobs has been named in over 300 patents, for example.

The patent application, titled “titled method and apparatus for running applications in a cloud system,” was filed in August of this year and published this month.

The patent, if granted, could be a key cog in Huang’s vision to move computing into the metaverse, particularly in engineering and scientific computing. It’s like opening a CAD / CAM file through a cloud application and presenting it to users through a headset or mobile device, who can then manipulate the file in the video stream.

Headsets can already establish two-way communication with cloud servers, but Nvidia offers a new technique. The patent involves a cloud server receiving a file identifier from a device, extracting that file from a server, finding the relevant application in memory of a cloud server, and then “running the application as an intended video stream. to the client device “.

The patent filing seems relevant for applications in which engineers collaborate in real time on the design of machines and equipment via the metaverse.

The patent document takes into account the drawbacks of office engineering software, which typically requires powerful computers. Many devices are also still created via a modular approach, with engineers creating different blocks of an overall design and patching them together.

Nvidia has shown many videos of engineers or scientists collaborating in the cloud via video streams.

CAD / CAM software already uses GPUs for simulation and design. The metaverse can be great for simulation, but pushing engineers into a cartoon interface to collaborate on the design can be a challenge. Either way, Nvidia is doing everything it can to sell more chips. ®


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