AMD announced wide-ranging support of OpenGL 4.1 for Microsoft Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows XP and Linux across select ATI FirePro", ATI FireGL" and AMD Radeon" graphics cards. The new functionality is made possible with the release of the latest professional and consumer graphics drivers, ATI FirePro" and ATI FireGL" unified driver 8.801, and AMD Catalyst" 10.12, available on the AMD website.
MATLAB announces the first release of OpenCL Toolbox. It is a simple interface that encapsulates clBuffer and clKernel as MATLAB class objects. It allows one to easily create device buffers, set device memory, compile and call kernel functions. MATLAB® is a high-level language and interactive environment that enables you to perform computationally intensive tasks faster than with traditional programming languages such as C, C++, and Fortran.
Google has taken the first step in getting wide spread public acceptance of WebGL by shipping their Chrome browser with WebGL turned on by default. To show you some of the possibilities of WebGL, Google labs also launched a Google Earth for the human body, dubbed Body Browser. There are other WebGL demos available from Google and on the official WebGL website.
The latest version of Google's mobile OS, Android 2.3 Gingerbread has arrived on the scene with a few significant additions. Android is one of the first mobile devices to offer a software implementation of the Khronos Groups OpenSL ES™ API and EGL library. OpenSL ES is a royalty-free, cross-platform, hardware-accelerated audio API tuned for embedded systems and EGL™ is an interface between Khronos rendering APIs and the underlying native platform window system.
drawElements Ltd. launches the drawElements Quality Program for OpenGL ES 2.0, a unique system for benchmarking the quality of GPUs and their drivers, on the 16th of December at SIGGRAPH Asia in Seoul. The drawElements Quality Program (dEQP) score measures correctness, feature richness, precision, and stability, which is a clear difference from other GPU benchmarks focusing on rendering performance.
VDPAU (Video Decode and Presentation API for Unix) allows Linux systems to offload portions of video decode to the GPU. The resulting video can be post-processed with OpenGL, CUDA, or both. Watch Stephen Warren from NVIDIA explain VDPAU and demonstrate OpenGL texturing of hardware-decoded video frames. Slides (PDF) are also available.
Researchers from the University of Warwick’s Performance Computing and Visualization Department and Oxford University’s eResearch Centre have put together a study: should we install a GPGPU-based system or a more traditional IMB Blue Gene-like supercomputer? The team’s research will present their work at the 1st International Workshop on Performance Modeling, Benchmarking and Simulation of High Performance Computing Systems at the SC10 conference in New Orleans. The Khronos Group will be at Booth # 1132 at SC10.
ArcSoft is collaborating with AMD using their Radeon™ HD 6800 series GPUs on OpenCL™ technology with the pre-release of its best-selling multimedia player application, TotalMedia Theatre 5. ArcSoft's products are optimized with OpenCL, include the upscaling technology SimHD® on TotalMedia Theatre 5 and H.264 encoders across many applications such as TotalMedia ShowBiz, TotalMedia Studio, and MediaConverter 7.
HUONE, Imagination Technologies and Rightware will be demonstrating in the "Khronos Pavilion" at SIGGRAPH ASIA. We are dramatically increasing our participation at SIGGRAPH Asia 2010 in Seoul over last year. We're hosting another Khronos Developer University co-located with SIGGRAPH Asia. We are looking forward to seeing all the familiar faces as well as lots of new ones.
General 3D announced the first web-based 3D stereoscopic system to stream 3D stereoscopic videos using only a browser. This new system uses the HTML5 and WebGL standards being built into Mozilla FireFox, Google Chrome and Apple Safari. Currently the site appears to work only with Firefox 4 beta.