PHOENIX, AZ and SAN FRANCISCO, CA, May 26, 2010 - The Open Design Alliance (ODA) and Caustic Graphics, Inc. - both promoting open standards and specifications for graphics solutions - announce a new collaborative development to incorporate Caustic’s OpenRL (Open Ray Tracing Library) SDK into the ODA Teigha software development platform.
The Teigha software development platform is used to create technical graphics applications, including Computer Aided Design (CAD). OpenRL is a standard specification defining a cross-platform API for writing ray tracing applications. Caustic’s OpenRL implementation will allow Teigha client applications to seamlessly utilize a wide variety of computational devices simultaneously. Supported devices include x86-based CPUs, OpenCL enabled GPUs, and custom ray tracing accelerator hardware. This combination enables ODA members to use ray tracing to deliver interactive and photo-realistic 3D graphics inside their applications. Moreover, this avoids the redundant and costly effort to develop and maintain custom interfaces for each piece of hardware.
Arnold van der Weide, President of the ODA, commented, “Integrating the Teigha development platform with Caustic’s OpenRL is a tremendous addition to our component offerings. The collaboration between the two organizations is proving successful and we will soon be able to offer a unique ray tracing solution for rendering to ODA members.”
Chip Stearns, Caustic Graphics CEO, added, “I am particularly pleased that the ODA chose OpenRL for their members, as this will prevent ‘vendor lock-in’ from proprietary closed standards that are often limited to a small subset of devices. We at Caustic look forward to seeing ODA member applications using OpenRL.”
About the Open Design Alliance
The Open Design Alliance is a non-profit consortium of over 2,000 software developers and users committed to promoting open, industry-standard formats for the exchange of CAD data and CAD legacy data. The ODA technology platform provides users with the tools to create a wide range of applications, including custom data access and editing utilities, visualization tools, and even full-scale CAD systems. The platform also supports the use of both .dwg and .dgn files, with import and export capabilities to other file formats. The Open Design Alliance maintains the Open Design Specification for .dwg files.
More information about the ODA and its component partners is available at
About Caustic Graphics
Caustic Graphics is reinventing ray tracing and changing how interactive cinema-quality 3D graphics are produced, used and enjoyed. Caustic’s patent-pending technology raises the quality bar for real time ray traced images without cutting corners for performance, supports today’s standard 3D graphics hardware, applications and content, and offers a price/performance level that’s cost-effective for broad adoption.
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