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WebGL Workshop in London next month

The next London WebGL Workshop will be Thursday, February 20, 2014 6:30PM. We'll be taking a look at some of three.js's features, and maybe a look at some alternatives. The venue will once again be the SkillsMatter on Goswell Road, London.

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First Khronos Chapter meeting in Amsterdam: WebGL/OpenGL

On Thursday 13 February 2014 the first Khronos meetup in Amsterdam will take place. The goal is to learn about open media-standards from The Khronos Group and others. So when OpenCV is discussed, we’ll also talk OpenVX. Speakers include Ton Roosendaal of the Blender Foundation talking Blender and OpenGL and Maarten and Jurjen of ThreeDee Media talking WebGL. Complete details are available here and here.

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An Introduction to OpenCL for Altera FPGAs webinar

An informative 25 minute introduction on how to program Altera FPGAs with OpenCL. Presented by Acceleware, the webinar begins with an overview of the OpenCL programming model and data parallelism, before discussing simple OpenCL syntax, kernels and memory spaces. The second part of the webinar examines how OpenCL is mapped to Altera FPGA architecture and how to compile an OpenCL kernel. The presentation concludes with a summary of OpenCL optimizations techniques.

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Kishonti announces GFXBench 3.0 cross-platform OpenGL ES 3 benchmark

GFXBench 3.0 is a high-end 3D graphics benchmark that adds advanced OpenGL ES 3 features and special tests to the popular GFXBench benchmark suite.

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Build 3D applications with the WebGL-based MontageJS 3D component

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MontageJS has introduced a new WebGL-based component for the MontageJS framework. The 3D view component for MontageJS offers an abstraction layer for WebGL and aims to make the individual elements of a 3D scene just as easy to manipulate as conventional HTML elements in the page DOM. If your browser has WebGL enabled, you can try out a demo here. The MontageJS 3D view component is designed to load and display glTF content. The COLLADA working group provides Mac and Windows open source converters to translate COLLADA files into glTF.

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IBM articles on writing WebGL applications

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IBM developerWorks offers a series of articles on WebGL applications development. Taking the JavaScript developer from low level WebGL development, through libraries including Three.js and SceneJS, to creating interactive 3D games and data visualizations.

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Khronos Releases SPIR 1.2 Specification for Portable Encoding of OpenCL Device Programs

The Khronos Group today announced the ratification and public release of the SPIR 1.2 specification that provides a non-source encoding, and binary level portability, for OpenCL 1.2 device programs. SPIR (Standard Portable Intermediate Representation) is the industry's first open, cross-platform Intermediate Representation standard for portable heterogeneous parallel computing and is based on LLVM IR. SPIR enables developers to avoid exposing sensitive kernel source and enables a diversity of language front-ends to easily target OpenCL platforms and devices in addition to OpenCL C. The SPIR specification and registry can be found on the Khronos website.

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Intel XDK Updates For HTML5 Developers

Intel has released an update to the Intel XDK (cross-platform development kit). At the heart of Crosswalk is the Blink rendering and layout engine, which provides the same HTML5 features and capabilities expected in the modern web runtimes such as WebGL and Web Audio. However, with Crosswalk, one can see enhanced JavaScript, WebGL, and Audio performance on Android 4.x devices.

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Adobe partners with Sketchfab bringing 3D WebGL publishing to Photoshop

Adobe has just released its update for Photoshop CC, bringing with it major support for the world of 3D. Included is the natively built-in option to publish your 3D models directly to Sketchfab using WebGL. Support files types include OBJ, STL, 3DS, Collada, and KMZ.

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Significant SPIR Portable IR announcement at HiPEAC

Stop by the Khronos booth at HiPEAC on 21st Jan for the latest updates on SPIR and discussion on compiler technology for parallel computation.

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