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Khronos Group Releases Free COLLADA Conformance Test Suite

The Khronos™ Group today announced that it is making the COLLADA™ 1.4 Conformance Test Suite available free of charge to all developers. COLLADA is an open, XML-based industry standard that enables assets to be freely interchanged between 3D authoring applications which can then be mixed and matched in powerful combinations. The COLLADA test suite is a comprehensive set of over 500 detailed tests and a scripted framework that rigorously exercises applications that import and export COLLADA assets to ensure that they can reliably participate in a COLLADA-based toolchain.

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Khronos Releases WebGL 1.0 Specification to Bring Accelerated 3D Graphics to the Web without Plugins

The Khronos™ Group today released the final WebGL™ 1.0 specification to enable hardware-accelerated 3D graphics in HTML5 Web browsers without the need for plug-ins. WebGL defines a JavaScript binding to OpenGL® ES 2.0 to allow rich 3D graphics within a browser on any platform supporting the industry-standard OpenGL or OpenGL ES graphics APIs. WebGL has the support of major silicon and browser vendors including Apple, Google, Mozilla and Opera with multiple browsers already shipping with WebGL implementations including the beta releases for Mozilla Firefox 4.0, all channels of Google Chrome 9.0, an Opera preview build, and Apple Mac OS Safari nightly builds.

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AMD Showcases New Open Source Physics Plug-In for Autodesk Maya based on OpenCL and Bullet Physics

AMD announced at GDC 2011 a technology demonstration of a Bullet Physics plug-in for Autodesk® Maya® 2011 software. The new plug-in is based on OpenCL™ industry standards and the open-source Bullet Physics Engine. AMD's Bullet Physics plug-in for Autodesk Maya 2011 is designed to enable game developers and 3D artists to access Maya's creative workflow capabilities to create interactive cloth simulations on a greater range of workstations and PCs, including those based on ATI FirePro™ professional graphics cards and AMD CPUs, and to remove technology limitations that can restrict developers' ability to create stunning games and computer-generated (CG) graphics.

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See Khronos and COLLADA at GDC

Please visit Khronos at booth #1444 at the Game Developer Conference (GDC), March 2-4, 2011 at the Moscone Center in San Francisco to learn more about COLLADA. Khronos is also running a series of developer university sessions on Thursday, March 3rd, in Room 301 in the South Hall:

  • WebGL at 9AM
  • OpenGL at 10:30AM
  • Demos at 12 noon
  • COLLADA at 1:30PM
  • OpenCL at 3PM
  • Beer and demos at 4:30PM and finally Mobile APIs at 4:50PM.
  • More details about Khronos activities at GDC can be found on our GDC Event page.

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LuxMark v1.0 released: an OpenCL benchmark tool

LuxMark is a OpenCL benchmark tool. The idea for the program was conceived in 2009 by Jromang. It was intended as a promotional tool for LuxRender. The idea was quite simple, wrap SLG inside an easy to use graphical user interface and use it as a benchmark for OpenCL. After Anandtech adoption of SLG as OpenCL benchmark, the code was finally written and is now available at http://www.luxrender.net/wiki/LuxMark

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Sencha Labs announces PhiloGL, a new WebGL framework

PhiloGL is a WebGL Framework for Data Visualization, Creative Coding and Game Development. Sencha Labs is a foundation to support non-commercial projects affiliated with Sencha, such as jQTouch and Raphaël.

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PixelLight 0.9.5-R1 released

The new version 0.9.5-R1 of the free open-source, cross-platform 3D application framework PixelLight has been released. OpenGL is used within the main renderer. Beside the usual bugfixing and feature completion, there are several migrations in this release. PixelLight is now using 'nullptr' introduced by C++0x, migrated from C style casts to C++ style casts and under MS Windows, Microsoft Visual Studio 2010 is now used as the main development IDE. There are also new features like the plugin SPARK_PL integrating the free open source particle engine SPARK. The SDK now includes two new demos, one of them shows how picking works.

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ImgTec GDC session offers insight into Tile Based Deferred Rendering architecture

Joe Davis and Gordon MacLachlan both from Imagination Technologies, will present their session "Understanding POWERVR SGX Graphics Technology and Optimizing for Great Graphics Performance" on Monday february 28th at 4:15 Room 120 in the North Hall. The aim of this session is to give an expert insight into the POWERVR SGX and SGX MP Tile Based Deferred Rendering architecture and explain to developers how they can use the PVRTune analysis utility, and best programming practice, to optimize their applications for todays mobile devices.

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Android Developer Day at GDC introduces you to Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) audio and OpenSL ES

Glenn Kasten and Jean-Michael Trivi both with Google, will be introducing you to the Android release 2.3 (Gingerbread) native audio APIs based on the Khronos Group OpenSL ES standard. Starting with a brief history of OpenSL ES and an introduction to the OpenSL ES object / interface model and initialization process, followed by the Android native audio APIs and their relation to standard OpenSL ES. Highlighted by some typical audio needs for game and other interactive apps with example code fragments for each use case. Be sure to make it to this programming tutorial on Tuesday March 1st from 10:00-5:00 in Room 121, North Hall.

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AMD OpenCL optimization case study for Support Vector Machine training

AMD offers a new Optimization case study. Examining key kernels utilized in a Quadratic Programming solver to optimize the evaluation of the Radial Basis Function SVM, results in improving performance by a factor of 5 compared to naive code running on an AMD Radeon™ HD 5870 GPU. Support Vector Machines (SVMs) are a widely used binary classification technique used to label data as belonging to one of two categories.

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