Intel Meteor Lake processors, Intel’s next next-generation CPU due in 2023, are expected to feature ray tracing support on a side-by-side GPU architecture, marking a major step forward for the technology.

Ray tracing is a rendering process that illuminates a rendered scene by mimicking the way we actually see light. This sounds almost silly (don’t we see all the light?), but making an artificial scene look natural requires calculating the intricate physics involved in how light behaves, and that’s a genuinely daunting task from a computational point of view.