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AMD and Mentor go home winners from ESC 2011

AMD and Mentor Graphics Corp. were named by winners consulting firm VDC Research Group Inc. of the firm's "Embeddy" awards for best in show at the 2011 Embedded Systems Conference. AMD took home the hardware Embeddy for its embedded G-Series application processor unit (APU) product. AMD's Radeon E6760 is the first graphics chip for embedded systems to support Microsoft's DirectX 11, the OpenCL standard and up to six simultaneous displays, according to AMD. Mentor Graphics was awarded a software Embeddy for its Embedded Sourcery System Analyzer technology.

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RenderStream 21.6 Teraflop Servers and Workstations for OpenCL

RenderStream announced its AMD Radeon based 21.6 teraflop servers and workstations for OpenCL / OpenGL / Brooks based applications and product development. The workstations offer 1,536 stream processors and eight GPUs per system, which provide access to 12,288 cores and 21.6 TFLOPS of aggregate compute power. As an example from information security, the HD 6970 and HD 6990 based VDACTr8 evaluated over 45 billion solutions per second versus 18 billion for the GTX 580 based systems, depending on the implementation.

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WebGL Security

WebGL pays strong attention to security - just as any web technology should. With growing recognition of WebGL in the press, we thought we would summarize Khronos' work and stance on this important topic.

  1. Khronos agrees that security is a vitally important consideration for any web standard. WebGL was architected with security in mind from the ground up.
  2. All WebGL implementations already necessarily contain safeguards which prevent out-of-range memory accesses during rendering operations and access of uninitialized memory; please see here and here. These safeguards are tested by the WebGL conformance suite.
  3. Defense against denial of service attacks is still evolving in WebGL implementations. Khronos has specified an extension to OpenGL and OpenGL ES, GL_ARB_robustness, designed to prevent denial of service and out-of-range memory access attacks from WebGL content, preventing any possibility of using WebGL to execute malware on a user's machine.
  4. GL_ARB_robustness has already been deployed by some GPU vendors and Khronos expects it to be deployed rapidly by others. Browsers can check for the presence of this extension before enabling WebGL content. This is likely to become the deployment mode for WebGL in the near future.
  5. The ability to incorporate cross-domain images into WebGL scenes provides great utility to developers, but the WebGL working group is considering requiring Cross Origin Resource Sharing (CORS) opt-in or other mechanisms to prevent possible future abuse of this capability.
  6. The WebGL working group has been working closely with the GPU vendors in the Khronos group to make accelerated WebGL implementations secure and WebGL is influencing GPUs to provide even more flexible security options in the future.
  7. There are no known WebGL exploits and Khronos will continue to place close attention to technical and ecosystem opportunities to ensure WebGL is a secure technology that can be used with confidence.

Additional information can be found here.

Updated May 16 2011

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Intel released conformant OpenCL™ SDK 1.1, Linux support now available

Intel announced Intel® OpenCL SDK version 1.1 beta conformant with OpenCL™ 1.1 specification. New version includes an alpha preview of SDK implementation for Linux* operating systems. Intel also introduces the new Intel® OpenCL SDK community where OpenCL developers are encouraged to explore and to share advantages of OpenCL workloads found on Intel® Core™ and Intel® Xeon® processors.

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Learning Modern 3D Graphics Programming

Learning graphics programming in the era of shaders can seem daunting. This website's tutorials provide a firm foundation for understanding how to use modern shader-based hardware for graphics development. No prior graphics programming experience is expected. OpenGL v3.3 is used to demonstrate rendering techniques. Topics covered include: * Vertex transformations * Lighting, diffuse and specular, per-vertex and per-fragment. * HDR lighting and gamma correction.

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Raspberry Pi and OpenGL ES 2.0

Raspberry Pi is a functioning computer that fits in your pocket, for only $25. David Braben, a well-known video game developer who runs the UK studio Frontier, has spent his spare time trying to answer the question: "How to get young students excited about computers and more specifically, computer sciences like programming and hardware repair?" David believes price point is a major barrier for most schools from getting the equipment needed to teach kids the more advanced computer skills. But what can you get for $25? A lot! Provisional specs include an 700MHz ARM11, 128MB of SDRAM, OpenGL ES 2.0, 1080p30 H.264 high-profile decode, composite and HDMI video output, USB 2.0, SD/MMC/SDIO memory card slot, to start with.

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Turning ‘natural interface’ input into a new data standard

Jon Peddie Research has written up a great review of the Khronos Groups new StreamInput API. Kathleen Maher writes "There is a tipping point out there somewhere and it doesn’t seen too far away. The Internet of Things is practically building itself. Khronos’ first role will be to help developers take advantage of sensors for mobile and console devices, but the day is not far off when the applications for sensors broaden further into our everyday lives and capabilities."

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San Francisco WebGL Meetup Review

If you missed the San Francisco WebGL Meetup in April, you now have a chance to find out what it was all about. Complete with pictures and lots of details from the meetup, this review is well done and paints a great picture!

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Nokia Research releases WebCL prototype

The WebCL extension provides OpenCL bindings for JavaScript, allowing web developers to tap into the massively parallel computational resources of modern GPUs and multicore CPUs. The extension is currently available for Firefox 4 on Windows and Linux. Further development will take place in open source, and in cooperation with the Khronos WebCL working group.

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Attention 3D Artists: OurBricks is hosting a design competition

The WebGL and COLLADA powered OurBricks lets you share and interact with 3D content in a modern webbrowser. Today they announce a design competition for 3D artists. The theme is “Modern Life.” Deadline for submissions is May 16 at 12pm PST.

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