Category Archives: Fractals

Making a 4K Fractal Movie with Fractal eXtreme

Four years ago I created a HD fractal movie because I wanted to see how quickly Fractal eXtreme could calculate the same movie that Orson Wang had posted to youtube. My version of his movie was antialiased and 720p and … Continue reading

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Out of Order Benefits

A few months ago I wrote about some experiments to see how fast modern CPUs are at doing high-precision math such as is used in cryptography and high-precision fractal calculations. I recently read an article that claimed that out-of-order processors … Continue reading

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Fractal eXtreme, now cheaper

As an experiment Fractal eXtreme is now just $9.95. The latest version has a few bug fixes and performance improvements, is a free update to all existing users, and is cheap like borscht.

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Fractal and Crypto Performance

There was some recent interest in what type of computer would run Fractal eXtreme’s deep zoom calculations fastest (and cheapest) so I wrote a benchmarking tool that isolates the inner calculations for more accurate measurements and arranged to have it … Continue reading

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Fractal eXtreme New Version–Better Zoom Movies

While working on the Really Deep Fractal Zoom Movie – Much Faster project (240 times faster!) several updates were made to Fractal eXtreme in order to improve the creating of zoom movies. These improvements are now available as part of … Continue reading

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Really Deep Fractal Zoom Movie – Much Faster

A few weeks ago while browsing YouTube for Fractal movies I came across a video that claimed to be (as of its post date of January 26, 2010) the deepest zoom movie on YouTube. The video was of an interesting … Continue reading

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Faster Fractals Again

I was calculating a long fractal zoom movie with Fractal eXtreme when I noticed that one of the phases seemed to be taking too long on my four-core eight-thread processor. A bit of investigation showed that this phase was effectively … Continue reading

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