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GPULife is a screensaver which displays Conway's Game of Life, implemented entirely as an OpenGL shader. As a result, it uses almost no CPU power as it runs, and it can achieve very high framerates.

What's New

Version 1.0.1: GPULife is now a universal binary.

Requirements

Mac OS X 10.3 or later, high-end video card.

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luciano1 Member IconComment+5
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It only displays white dots that fills the screen.
That's not Conway's Game of Life!!!

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Version 1.0.1
mswfujowdffyc Member IconComment+0
mswfujowdffyc
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Look, if you're getting white dots, then your card doesn't support pixel shaders. That's the minimum for this to run, which means you need a radeon 9550, or geforce fx5200 or higher. Radeon 9000 is definitely not good enough. Once it does run though...using backlight, this thing clocks about 2-3% cpu usage, tops.

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Version 1.0.1
Lorem Ipsum Member IconReview+1
Lorem Ipsum
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Looks fine and actually runs life on PowerBook G4

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Version 1.0.1
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The MacDoctor
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just produces white dots, useless

mark

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Version 1.0.1
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Anonymous
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Yeah, I'm running an AGP Radeon 9000 Pro Mac Edition (128) on two monitors and I also just get the white dots, and no interactoin.

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Version 1.0
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Anonymous
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same here. Radeon 9000. It just puts random white dots on a black background, and crashes when switching between options and test.

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Version 1.0
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Anonymous
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Radeon 9200 in the Mac mini ... it puts a random dot pattern up and adds new cells, but doesn't actually run any Life generations.

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Version 1.0
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Anonymous
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Runs at 86.7 FPS on an X800 and 30" display. THe preview runs at over 1300 FPS.

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Version 1.0
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Anonymous
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will it work on a ATI 9000? the 9200 is weaker than the 9000 isnt it?

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Version 1.0
Michael Ash (Developer)
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The list on the web site is simply a list of cards that have been confirmed to work, and it's not intended to be a list of minimum requirements. The worst that can happen is a black screen, though, so you can try it without any worries. If it does work, please let me know.

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Downloads 3,986
Version Downloads 2,779
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Date 09 Mar 2006
Platform OS X / PPC 32 / Intel 32
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