It is always great to nice to witness a small idea turn into something so much bigger. Check out this video by the Flash Player team on how MoleHill (Stage3D) came about. Enjoy!
What is “Molehill”?
“Molehill” is the codename for a new set of low-level, GPU-accelerated 3D APIs, Stage3D APIs, that will provide the power needed for delivering advanced 3D experiences across screens using Flash Player and AIR. These new low-level APIs are targeted to experienced 2D and 3D engine developers, delivering a flexible API that leverages GPU hardware acceleration for significant performance gains.