Phil Schiller announced the new Mac Pro at this years World Wide Developers Conference. Shipping standard with two AMD FirePro GPUs "[sic] for those of you who use OpenCL - and you all know you should, this delivers seven teraflops of compute power to your applications."
AMD just announced the immediate availability of the Catalyst 13.6 Windows Driver. Highlights in this release include AMD GPU & AMD APU OpenCL 1.2 acceleration in Adobe Premiere PRO CC, product support for the new AMD A10, A8, A6, and A4 Series APUs on desktop and mobile platforms and AMD Enduro technology enhancements.
SIGGRAPH Asia 2013 program submission deadlines are fast approaching. Submit your best work today to get an opportunity to present your talent in Hong Kong this November!
OpenCL is an industry standard programming model available on a wide range of platforms from multiple vendors. It is an established technology that has been in use commercially for several years. It is not used in the academic community, however, anywhere near as much as it could be. To help correct this shortcoming, the creators of OpenCL (the Khronos Open Standards group) is launching a program to fund a number of course development projects. We do not anticipate that the level of funding associated with this program will cover the full cost of course development. Rather, our funds will augment OpenCL courseware projects in place or in the planning stages. If this type of course development sounds interesting to you, read the entire call for proposals.
PGCL is an OpenCL framework for compiling and running OpenCL 1.1 embedded profile applications on the ST-Ericsson NovaThor U8500 and follow-on platforms using a single ARM core as the OpenCL host and multiple ARM cores as an OpenCL computing device.
Alan Ward from Texas Instruments will be speaking about OpenCL at the upcoming Multicore developers conference May 21-22 in California. Alan Ward is a Distinguished Member of the Technical Staff with Texas Instruments and is currently leading an effort to bring the OpenCL parallel programming paradigm to the embedded world.
AMD and Adobe announced expanded OpenCL support for Adobe Premiere Pro CC at the National Association of Broadcasters Show 2013, including multi-stream and mixed format accelerated workflows with real-time effects, color grading and finishing with hardware-accelerated rendering to the chosen final destination format.
Intel is extending its OpenCL product line to support Intel® Xeon Phi coprocessors and Intel® Xeon® Processors. Developers of highly parallel applications including High Performance Compute (HPC), workstations, and data analytics, can now maximize data parallel application performance on Intel Xeon Phi coprocessors with OpenCL. The new production release of the Intel SDK for OpenCL Applications XE 2013 provides developers with the SDK, developers’ tools, optimization guides, sample code, and training collateral. Download free copy at: www.intel.com/software/opencl-xe
Altera Corporation announced the broad availability of its SDK for OpenCL and supported third-party production boards. Altera's SDK for OpenCL allows software programmers to take their OpenCL code and easily exploit the massively parallel architecture of an FPGA. Software programmers targeting FPGAs achieve higher performance at significantly lower power compared to alternative hardware architectures.
Vivante Corporation announced it became the first mobile GPU vendor to publicly and successfully demonstrate Basemark ES 3.0 in customer silicon. This milestone was achieved and demonstrated at this years DESIGN West, The Embedded System Conference, in San Jose. Freescale Semiconductor's i.MX6Q Application Processor with Vivante's GPU was running the Basemark ES 3.0 benchmark flawlessly.