Khronos Releases OpenCL 2.1 and SPIR-V 1.0 Specifications for Heterogeneous Parallel Programming

The Khronos Group today announced the ratification and public release of the OpenCL 2.1 and SPIR-V 1.0 specifications for heterogeneous parallel computation. Consumption of the new SPIR-V cross-API intermediate language is guaranteed in the core OpenCL 2.1 specification. Khronos has released open source utilities and extensions to enable use of SPIR-V in OpenCL 1.2 and 2.0, as well as the upcoming Vulkan graphics API, ensuring widespread availability of its powerful runtime capabilities for developers of parallel computation languages and frameworks. The OpenCL C++ kernel language released in the OpenCL 2.1 provisional specification is being finalized and will be released imminently, also using SPIR-V for run-time execution. The OpenCL 2.1 specification is available for immediate download and SPIR-V 1.0 is available online as well.   Read More

Wireless Innovation Forum makes “Using OPENCL to increase SCA application portability” paper public

The Wireless Innovation Forum announced the release and public availability of three new reports and the best paper from the recent WInnComm-Europe 2015. The International Coordinating Committee on International SCA Standard’s (CC SCA) “Business Models for New Entrants in the SDR Tactical Radio Market,” and the Spectrum Sharing Committee’s (SSC) “SSC WG4 Certification Process” and “Interim SAS to CBSD Protocol Technical Report-A” were approved for public release by Forum members recently. The paper “Using OPENCL to increase SCA application portability,” by Steve Bernier, François Levesque and Martin Phisel (NordiaSoft, Canada) and David Hagood (Aeroflex, USA) was presented at the recent WInnComm-Europe 2015 and awarded best paper on 8 October.   Read More

Inspur and Altera Launch Speech Recognition FPGA Solution with OpenCL

Inspur Group and the FPGA chipmaker Altera today launched a speech recognition acceleration solution based on Altera's Arria® 10 FPGAs and DNN algorithm from iFLYTEK, an intelligent speech technology provider in China, at SC15 conference in Austin, Texas. The deep learning speech recognition acceleration solution leverages an Altera Arria 10 FPGA, iFLYTEK's deep neural network (DNN) recognition algorithms and Inspur's FPGA-based DNN parallel design, migration and optimization with OpenCL.   Read More

Redhat talks OpenCL to define a programming interface for FPGA accelerators

Jon Masters, a chief ARM architect at Red Hat has talked to FPGA makers about starting an initiative to define a programming interface for FPGA accelerators, probably based on OpenCL. Such an interface should include standard drivers that support PCI Express virtualization and be available for download on system boot up. IBM and Xilinx announced a multi-year strategic collaboration to jointly develop FPGA accelerators for OpenPower systems that target data centers and network function virtualization for carriers. They are collaborating on a cloud-based service for FPGA acceleration and will work on enabling programming FPGAs in C, C++ and OpenCL   Read More

OpenCL at SC15 – the booths to go to

For all the folks at SC15, if you are wondering where to find OpenCL on the show floor, StreamComputing has a great starter list, and don't forget about our own event page, which lists all the OpenCL related events happening at SC15.   Read More