Israeli start-up company Lucid Logix has outlined a breakthrough in parallel graphics technology that allows for a mix and match of any graphics cards, no matter the GPU, and still have a performance scaling beyond the current multi-GPU technologies from ATI and NVIDIA. The solution is called Hydra, the beast with many heads, and will work with any CPU or chipset. It combines a system-on-a-chip (SoC) with exclusive software that balances the workload among the graphics processors.
Lucid says it is working with leading OEMs, ODMs and PC builders to bring the Hydra technology to the market in Q1 2009. The Hydra engine requires no modification of existing software and already supports DirectX, alas there is no mention of OpenGL. The performance scaling is supposed to be in the range of 100% and more in optimal situations. The company described its Hydra creation as a "real-time distributed processing engine".
Lucid is backed by leading venture capitalists Giza Venture Capital, Genesis Partners and Intel Capital.