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Khronos Welcomes Newest Associate Member Marxent

Marxent is the leader in 3D Asset Management for ecommerce. Marxent’s 3D Cloud is the 3D product visualization platform trusted by Macy’s, John Lewis Partners, Ashley Furniture, and other major retailers in the US and Europe. Hosting hundreds of thousands of products and interacting with millions of users per month, the Marxent 3D Cloud is the proven, enterprise 3D product visualization platform.

Heterogeneous-Compute Interface for Portability (HIP) is a runtime API and a conversion tool to help make CUDA programs more portable. It was originally contributed by AMD to the open source community with the intention to ease the effort of making CUDA applications also work on AMD’s ROCm platform.

While AMD and NVIDIA share the vast majority of the discrete GPU market, it is useful to make this “CUDA portability enhancement route” available to an even wider set of platforms. Since the Khronos OpenCL standard remains the most widely adopted cross-platform heterogeneous programming API/middleware, it is interesting to study whether HIP could be ported on top of it, expanding its scope potentially to all OpenCL supported devices. We in Customized Parallel Computing group, Tampere University, Finland, are happy to announce that to have worked on such a tool, known as HIPCL, for some time and it’s now published and available in Github.

The first release of HIPCL is a proof-of-concept, but is already useful for end-users. It can run most of the CUDA examples in the HIP repository and the list of supported CUDA applications will grow steadily as we add new features.

On September 19 at AutoSens Brussels, Stephane Strahm of Kalray will be joining other attendees to discuss options for addressing the increasingly complex challenges facing automotive vision system engineers. Pushed by developments in markets such as Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) and autonomous vehicles, maintaining component interoperability in increasingly complex vehicle subsystems is proving to be a big obstacle.


Andrew Richards, CEO and Co-founder of Codeplay Software, presents the “Can We Have Both Safety and Performance in AI for Autonomous Vehicles?” tutorial at the May 2019 Embedded Vision Summit. Andrews presentation includes discussion on how SYCL, OpenCL and Vulkan can play into Safety and Performance in vehicles.

Bringing the FOSS XR community together after the release of OpenXR 1.0

With the recent release of the OpenXR 1.0 specification, the presence of numerous Open Source platforms for Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality, and a growing community of developers, the need for a collaborative Open Source XR Conference became clear. Collabora is announcing the 1st edition of the FOSS XR Conference, a new yearly gathering aimed at bringing the community together and giving a podium to the future of XR. Taking place on 26 October in parallel with the Blender Conference, FOSS XR will have presentations throughout the day, a small dedicated hacker space for meeting new people working on projects and more.

Intel Graphics - Windows 10 DCH Driver adds Vulkan extensions

​A new release of the Intel Graphics Windows 10 DCH drivers (v26.20.100.7158) introduces four new Vulkan extensions: VK_EXT_fragment_shader_interlock, VK_EXT_buffer_device_address, VK_EXT_separate_stencil_usage, VK_KHR_uniform_buffer_standard_layout. As well, reporting support for the following OpenGL 4.6 SPIR-V extensions has been introduced: SPV_KHR_shader_ballot, SPV_KHR_shader_draw_parameters, SPV_KHR_storage_buffer_storage_class, SPV_KHR_subgroup_vote.

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