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After the Khronos BOF Blitz at Siggraph, there’s the Khronos After-Party; Don’t Miss It!

If you are going to be at the 44th SIGGRAPH, the largest conference and exhibition in computer graphics and exhibition techniques, from July 30 – August 3, 2017 at the Los Angeles Convention Center, don’t miss the opportunity to eat, drink, and learn about all things Khronos!

Date: July 19th, 2017
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OpenCL C to OpenCL C++ Porting Guidelines

On May 16, OpenCL 2.2 was released by Khronos Group. The most important part of the new OpenCL version is support for OpenCL C++ kernel language, which is defined as a static subset of the C++14 standard. OpenCL C++ introduces long-awaited features such as classes, templates, lambda expressions, function and operator overloads, and several other constructs which increase parallel programming productivity through generic programming.

Date: July 10th, 2017
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Neil Trevett to present on “VR Adoption: Standards for Content Development” at VR Connects San Francisco

Neil Trevett, president of the Khronos Group, will join other virtual reality industry leaders when he presents at the VR Connects San Francisco global conference happening June 27-28.

Date: June 8th, 2017
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Webinar Recap: Vulkan Loader Deep Dive

In March, we hosted a webinar that gave viewers a deep-dive presentation on the Vulkan Loader, presented by Mark Young and Lenny Komow from LunarG. They discussed different aspects of the loader, including its overall design, and features including dispatchable objects, instance versus device objects and commands, trampolines and terminators, extension handling, and much more. To get all the details, view the webinar here, or check out our five k

Date: May 22nd, 2017
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Webinar Recap: WebGL 2.0, What You Need to Know

Khronos hosted a WebGL 2.0 webinar on April 11, 2017. We covered the new features in WebGL 2.0, and even saw a few demos. WebGL 1.0 was released in 2011, introducing plugin-free 3D rendering to the Web for the first time. Since then it’s been widely used for all kinds of web-based 3D applications both on the desktop and iOS and Android phones — especially for web gaming. WebGL is integrated into all the major browsers, including Chrome, Microsoft Internet Explorer and Edge, Safari, and Firefox. “WebGL just works for everyone.” WebGL is available on 92 percent of browsers globally, and 96 percent of browsers in the U.S. - enabling truly write once, run everywhere 3D applications.

Date: May 17th, 2017
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Vulkan Runtime and Loader Security on Windows OS

The LunarG Vulkan software development kit (SDK) provides the development and runtime components required to build, run, and debug Vulkan applications. Developers can download the LunarG Vulkan SDK from the LunarXchange website.  This blog post will discuss security as it relates to the Vulkan Runtime and Loader on Windows OS.

Date: May 15th, 2017
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IWOCL – where you learn the latest on OpenCL

Five years ago The International Workshop on OpenCL (IWOCL – "eye-wok-ul") started as a small OpenCL-focused conference. In 2017 it has grown to three full days filled with tutorials, talks, posters and many technical discussions. You’ll hear attendees (and yourself) saying, "I did not know this was going on and I should have known it before." It is a great place to learn the latest on OpenCL. IWOCL is May 16-18, 2017 in Toronto, Canada. This year’s conference program is on the IWOCL web page and includes four tutorials, 19 technical sessions, and a Khronos panel discussion. Below is a compact overview of the technical sessions, posters, and tutorials to give you the highlights in under three minutes.

Date: May 4th, 2017
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Embedded Vision Summit Khronos OpenVX Workshop for Neural Network Acceleration

Don’t miss this year’s OpenVX Workshop at Embedded Vision Summit. Khronos will present a day-long hands-on workshop all about OpenVX cross-platform neural network acceleration API for embedded vision applications. We’ve developed a new curriculum so even if you attended in past years, this is a do-not-miss, jam-packed tutorial with new information on computer vision algorithms for feature tracking and neural networks mapped to the graph API. We’ll be doing a hands-on practice session that gives participants a chance to solve real computer vision problems using OpenVX with the folks who created the API. We’ll also be talking about the OpenVX roadmap and what’s to come.

Date: April 18th, 2017
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Blog Authoring Now Open to the Khronos Community

New things are always in the pipeline for Khronos, and we want to share the news. We’re rejuvenating the Khronos Blog, with regular blog posts about what we’re doing, what’s happening in our community, and insight from our members. We will have more regular postings from our members and working group chairs, and we’re also opening a call for guest posts from anyone who would like to contribute to the conversation! We want to hear from you; what you see as important in the industry, developments, trends, tips, and new practices from your perspective.

Date: March 31st, 2017
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Vulkan Multi-GPU Support - Not Just for Windows 10

At GDC 2017, in San Francisco during February, Khronos™ released several new Vulkan® extensions for cross-platform Virtual Reality rendering and multiple GPU access. This functionality has been initially released as KHX extensions to enable feedback from the developer community before being incorporated into final specifications. One key question that we have been asked since GDC is whether the Vulkan multi-GPU functionality is specifically tied to ship only on Windows 10.

Date: March 21st, 2017
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