OpenCL related stories

Over $5,000 of state-of-the-art Workstation Boards to be given away at SIGGRAPH OpenCL BOF

AMD and NVIDIA are providing some pretty sweet graphics hardware at the OpenCL BOF at SIGGRAPH on Tuesday 27th from 4:00 pm - 6:00, Room 402A in the Los Angeles Convention Center – the prizes include:

  • Two Fermi-based NVIDIA Quadro FX 5000 – packed with 2.5GB GDDR5!
  • Two Cypress-based ATI Radeon 5870s!

Prizes will be awarded on knowledge of OpenCL “trivia” so come prepared!

The OpenCL CL BOF at SIGGRAPH will be a great place to come up to speed on the new OpenCL 1.1 and interact with key OpenCL developers from AMD, Khronos, Graphic Remedy Intel and NVIDIA – including the OpenCL chair and spec editor – be there or be polygonal.

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If you liked Assembler, you’ll love OpenCL

In todays world of copy paste programming expertise, OpenCL will force you to learn the nuts and bolts of programming. Learn why it is important to learn about the hardware you are programming for.

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Khronos invites you to the COLLADA BoF at SIGGRAPH

Thanks to the flexibility of COLLADA being an XML based language, the COLLADA Working Group continues to grow with new members from many diverse disciplines that employ 3D technologies. Many of our members turn to Khronos standards such as COLLADA, OpenGL ES and WebGL to support 3D content that can take advantage of web protocols and the forthcoming HTML5 suite of standards. The synergy between the industry's 3D applications and Khronos standards motivates best-in-class COLLADA coherent products; products that soon will have the potential to operate within native 3D enabled browsers. This summer at Siggraph, we welcome you to join us at the COLLADA Birds of a Feather session on Tuesday, July 27 from 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm in the Los Angeles Convention Center, Room 402A, to hear from some of these members on how they employ COLLADA. You'll also learn more about our current working group efforts and our plans for the future. We hope you will join us!

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Par4All source-to-source transformations environment starts work with OpenCL

Pa4All is an open-source environment to do source-to-source transformations on C and Fortran programs for parallelizing, optimizing and instrumenting. The source-to-source approach allows you to capitalize on the source code and generate other sources that can be used by the better back-ends available: optimized compilers for a given processor, vendor compilers for embedded processors, CUDA or OpenCL for GPU, OpenMP, MPI.

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OpenCL Getting Started Tutorial

Are you having trouble getting start in OpenCL development. Enj has started a tutorial series aimed at developers trying to learn OpenCL from the bottom up, with a focus on practicality.

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cebas Visual Technology announces full OpenCL support in finalRender R4 SE

cebas Visual Technology announced the upcoming release of their cebas’ suite of finalRender rendering solutions for 3ds Max, Maya and CINEMA 4D will fully support OpenCL. If you are going to SIGGRAPH 2010 in Los Angeles, be sure to stop in at the cebas booth #314 to view a demonstration.

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Folding@Home Preparing OpenCL Enabled Client

Stanford's Folding@Home is working on an OpenCL enabled client. However, due to optimization and performance issues, the client is not ready quite yet. The Folding@Home developers need your help to optimize the new GPU OpenCL client. From the Folding@Home blog "We are also working to finish our OpenCL port for ATI GPUs to support GPU3 on ATI, but there are still performance issues for OpenCL on both NVIDIA and ATI which are holding back this release."

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IBM releases conformant OpenCL Development Kit for Linux on Power v0.2

The OpenCL Development Kit for Linux on Power is an IBM implementation of the OpenCL 1.0 Specification. This implementation is for Power hardware running the Linux operating system and has been tested on the IBM BladeCenter QS22, JS22, JS23, and JS43 systems running Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5.4 or 5.5, and the IBM Power 755 server running Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5.5.

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Perth GPU Users Group to discus OpenCL and OpenGL

Learn and share ideas at the Perth GPU Users group. Founded to bring together GPU users from all fields and experience levels in Western Australia. Topics of discussion include general GPU computing, GPGPU, CUDA, OpenCL, OpenGL, DirectCompute, DirectX and related technologies. The next meetup is tentatively scheduled for June 23rd at the ground Floor Physics Building, University of Western Australia (Crawley Campus) 35 Stirling Highway, Crawley WA. 5:30pm - 7pm. You can find additional Khronos API related events and meet-ups on the Khronos Group events page.

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OpenCL Environment

Erik Rainey has released a series of utilities aimed at making OpenCL easier to use under the Apache 2.0 License. The environment includes: clCompiler which generates both binary outputs and precompiled headers which can be used in conjunction with clEnvironment; clQuery allows you to print all known information about a OpenCL data type. clPid, clYUV and clImgFilter are examples of how to use the utilities to create a compile time kernel make it a dependency in you makefiles and then use the clEnvironment to call your kernel. You can download the OpenCL Environment from github.

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