07006101 is referenced by 51 patents and cites 72 patents.

A system, method and computer program product are provided for branching during programmable processing utilizing a graphics application program interface in conjunction with a hardware graphics pipeline. Initially, a first instruction defined by the graphics application program interface is identified. A first operation is performed on graphics data based on the first instruction utilizing the hardware graphics pipeline. Any some point, the present technique may involve branching to an additional instruction defined by the graphics application program interface other than a subsequent sequential instruction. Next, another operation is performed on the graphics data based on the additional instruction utilizing the hardware graphics pipeline.

Title
Graphics API with branching capabilities
Application Number
10/180798
Publication Number
7006101 (B1)
Application Date
June 25, 2002
Publication Date
February 28, 2006
Inventor
Robert Steven Glanville
Cupertino
CA, US
Mark J Kilgard
Austin
TX, US
Patrick R Brown
Raleigh
NC, US
Agent
Zilka Kotab PC
Assignee
NVIDIA Corporation
CA, US
IPC
G09G 5/37
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