Lightroom Multicore / GPU acceleration - new generation

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In the last several years the GPU-market exploded with so many new GPU's - until now, Lightroom only takes a fraction of this power for the use or the underlying Camera Raw for Exports etc.
Here I have a list for what all this could be used.

  • exporting images to JPEG, TIFF with applied changes
  • --> highly parallelized
  • accelerate preview computation
  • scrolling in the library
  • conversion of RAW to DNG
Also would be nice to see how two (or more) GPU's accelerate the above workload
Especially all these sequential processes (exporting, conversion) should not only rely on the CPU, which is slow for parallel process compared to the GPU.

Thank you for giving comment and what you (Adobe) think about it!
 
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Alex Furer

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+1 on the multi GPU. But since it's not even running smooth on multi CPU I really wonder if it would scale well on GPUs...
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Lorenz Schmid

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Well until know it does not even scale with thr GPU, because its barely used. And I cannot imagined that it's so hard do port the code to the GPU or even multi CPU. Even I programmed some image processing stuff with some of those several amazing Libraries out there which the entire (Multi) CPU, GPU workbalance handles for you.
So I can think of that for these geeky people from Adobe could do it easy!
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Alex Furer

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There's many forums with many threads about usability of adobe software, well the lack of usability for professionals.... Everywhere people say that it must be the settings, the hardware, the user and even on here one gets advise like "reinstall windows, adobe CC etc." or "reset preferences and loose all your customization" and my favorite is "disable the GPU and run Lightroom on  only half your cpus" (I even give the later myself). Whilst other applications, non adobe, run smooth on the exact same hardware... Let's not go into 16 or even 32 bit color depth support in Photoshop...

And the lack of a statement like "we heard you guys. we are aware of the general slowness and antiquity  of our applications and we will fix it!".

No, instead they show a glimpse of the next version of Lightroom which will be entirely cloud based. And they talk about high resolution images from smart phones etc. To me it seems like adobe is stuck with a 2002 hardware setup and is now trying to jump the instagram and facebook wagon by skipping the current and jumping into the future (cloud etc.)

There is two reasons for this behavior. Either the money guys made that calculation that 20 million users with a smart phone that pay 2 bucks a month for an all cloud based tool are bringing in more money than 100k professional users that pay 50 bucks a month.

OR

The engineers that know how to program left adobe and now they're left with people that don't know the code base anymore and that can't make anything for pros from scratch because the money guys are breathing down their neck.

Sorta like "Rule #1 the money is always right and rule #2 if money isn't right, see rule #1"

There's people on this forum which take entire days out of their schedule to document the issues and make videos and try to help. To no avail. Plus, imo, this is total overkill, because it is very obvious that something is rotten in the state of adobe by running LR or Photoshop for only a few hours without disabling half your machine...

On the other hand, there are so many adobe clients out there. If it would be really really bad, we'd get much more echo here. So I guess you and I and a handful of other people that deal with 10+ GB large files or with 1000s of photos to go through in a day are the minority that would appreciate an app on the level of CapturePro. And for the rest that retouch their 800 x 600 pixel images or brighten and crop a few dozen family photos the current adobe products are just right.

The problem I have is that I rely on the adobe CC. I create websites, logos, and professional level photographs that are printed larger than 10 x 15 cm. I rely on the inter-connectivity between the applications. No other company provides the same realm. But I am actively investigating CapturePro, Affinity Photo and Pinewood. The only thing missing on the "new" workbench is a line art application like Illustrator. That's why I continue to pay my money every month. But if the silent treatment continues and the applications continue to degrade, I will bite the apple very soon and move away from adobe which I support since 1991... I worked with Photoshop on Mac (OS 7), Unix (sgi) and Windows (2000 - Windows 10) and it has never been so bad.

Sorry for my long speech and I hope I am not taking away the focus from your original thread, but I feel for adobe and I rant because I care but I think the boat is halfway under water and your input, whilst very valuable for professional users, goes in one ear and out the other @adobe.
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Thank for standing up for all this pro-users and strengthen their need with your speech!
Hope we get some official answers conclusion soon!
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EDIT:

Short input that some stuff we wish is already implemented, so possible.

I'm not totally familiar with the product of the following company and I'm also no related with them:

http://www.fastcompression.com/produc...

These guys coded a entire list of image and video-processing functionalities! Also mentioned is some RAW and DNG support. Not sure to which degree, but better than nothing!


@adobe, take a look ;-)
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