Going to SIGGRAPH? Be sure to drop into one of our seven Birds of a Feather events, all followed up by our famous BOF Blitz™ After Party. We've got some great news and amazing presentations waiting for you.
Altera has published a new whitepaper written by Acceleware, which compares OpenCL programing on GPUs and Altera FPGAs. The paper provides a brief overview of the OpenCL programming model and then focuses on how OpenCL kernels are executed on Altera FPGAs compared to GPUs. The key differences in optimization techniques for targeting FPGAs is also presented.
Xilinx, Inc recently released the Vivado Design Suite 2014.1, the industry's only SoC-strength development environment. This release extends the automation of the UltraFast design methodology and delivers an average of 25 percent faster runtimes and 5 percent improvement in performance across all devices. Also new to 2014.1 is hardware acceleration of OpenCL kernels, within Vivado High-Level Synthesis (HLS).
Adobe has launched Photoshop CC 2014, a new full-point update that extends the software’s GPU-accelerated Mercury Graphics Engine, and expands its blur effects and Smart Objects functionality. All three new tools are powered by the GPU-accelerated Mercury Graphics Engine, expanded in the update to improve performance on other image-editing tasks: Adobe promises image upsampling is “up to 15 times faster”.
AMD joined other exhibitors at the International Workshop on OpenCL with a unique demonstration. Developed by the AMD FirePro team, the AMD Waterfall demo featured an FTS Celsius R930 Workstation with the AMD FirePro W9100 and a 4K monitor. Designed to showcase OpenCL and OpenGL interoperability, in the waterfall particle simulation, the solution computed the collision of each particle in order to roll it along the rocks. IWOCL 2014 presentations are available for download from Agenda & Slides from 2014 | IWOCL.
FinalWire has announced AIDA64 v4.50. The new AIDA64 release introduces a multi-threaded OpenCL GPGPU AES-256 benchmark to measure cryptographic processing performance of modern graphics processors and APUs.
The latest version of Intel SDK for OpenCL Applications is now available to help developers to maximize platform performance with OpenCL and Intel Graphics. This new 2014 version provides a unified OpenCL development experience, new debugging capabilities, new remote development for Android, and preview support for SPIR 1.2 code generation and consumption. The SDK supports OpenCL on Intel's CPUs, Intel Graphics, and the Intel Xeon Phi.
This is my pitch for SYCL, which I hope helps you understand what SYCL means for C++ OpenCL programmers. This is not associated with Khronos in any way, and is my own opinion on the SYCL 1.2 specification. Additional OpencL training videos are available online. The SYCL provisional specification is available online.
There are just 5 days left to register for the International Workshop on OpenCL (IWOCL), to be held in Bristol, UK on May 12th & 13th next week! Over 100 OpenCL practitioners are expected to attend, including leading members of the academic and industrial OpenCL community. For a complete list of technical talks and tutorials see the website.
At the Multicore Developer’s Conference on Thursday May 8th, the chair of the SYCL working group will be presenting the new SYCL C++ layer for OpenCL along with examples of how it can be used in real-world software for acceleration on heterogeneous multicore devices.