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The Khronos Group released the Vulkan 1.3 specification today, incorporating and mandating proven, developer-requested extensions, as well as a public roadmap and profiles to strengthen the Vulkan Ecosystem and provide visibility into Vulkan’s future requirements for key markets.

New extensions include dynamic rendering, an additional dynamic state, an improved synchronization API, and a range of other features. The Vulkan public roadmap aims to consolidate the support for selected extensions to provide a common functionality baseline in key markets to reduce feature fragmentation. The new Vulkan profile mechanism enables the precise specification and management of sets of API capabilities to streamline development and deployment or portable applications.

Additional Resources - Vulkan 1.3 Specification Release

In support of the Vulkan 1.3 specification launch, here are some additional resources:

StockGraphy is a company that develops 3D content technologies and viewers that operate on online platforms such as Metaverse and Web3D/AR/VR. In the development of a lightweight viewer with a high flexibility, we realized 3D visualization that works with EC and business systems. Our 3D content technologies are used in industries such as apparel / textile, cultural property protection, cosmetics, automobiles, and city planning. In addition, StockGraphy operates BEGIN3D.com, a media for 3D industrial use. BEGIN3D.com also sells 3D tools such as Reality Capture. StockGraphy is interested in OpenGL, WebGL, and glTF.

Nextech AR Solutions is the engine accelerating the growth of the Metaverse. Using breakthrough AI, Nextech AR is able to quickly, easily and affordably ARitize (transform) vast quantities and varieties of existing assets at scale making products, people and places ready for interactive 3D use, giving creators at every level all the essential tools they need to build out their digital AR vision in the Metaverse. Our platform agnostic tools allow brands, educators, students, manufacturers, creators, and technologists to create immersive, interactive and the most photo-realistic 3D assets and digital environments, compose AR experiences, and publish them omnichannel. With a full suite of end-to-end AR solutions in 3D Commerce, Education, Events, and Industrial Manufacturing, Nextech AR is in a unique position to meet the needs of the world’s biggest brands and all Metaverse contributors.

The Khronos Group and the European Machine Vision Association (EMVA) announce the formation of a new Camera Working Group to develop an open, royalty-free API standard for controlling camera system runtimes in embedded, mobile, industrial, XR, automotive, and scientific markets. Over 70 companies participated in an EMVA/Khronos-hosted Exploratory Group during 2021 to develop a Scope of Work document that will guide the direction of the API design. Design work is expected to start in February 2022, and any organization is invited to join Khronos to participate.

Tencent is a world-leading internet and technology company that develops innovative products and services to improve the quality of life of people around the world. Founded in 1998 with its headquarters in Shenzhen, China, Tencent’s guiding principle is to use technology for good. Tencent also publishes some of the world’s most popular video games and other high-quality digital content, enriching interactive entertainment experiences for people around the globe. Tencent also offers a range of services such as cloud computing, advertising, FinTech, and other enterprise services to support our clients’ digital transformation and business growth.

Thank you to the recent recipients of the Khronie Awards. These special awards are presented to individuals who have made significant contributions to the Khronos Group.

Congratulations to:

  • Hwanyong Lee - The Khronos Group
  • Bill Licea-Kane - OpenGL
  • Ed Mackey - 3D Formats
  • Shrenik Sadalgi - 3D Commerce

For more information on Khronie recipients, visit our Khronie Awards page.

GPUinfo.org enables the community to build extensive databases of Khronos API driver capabilities by uploading reports from diverse end-user devices and platforms. With more than 20,000 device reports available for Vulkan, OpenGL, and OpenGL ES across Windows, Linux, Android, Mac OSX, and iOS, GPUInfo.org has become a widely used resource for developers to gain detailed insights into deployed hardware support for features they wish to use, including devices for which they don’t have direct access. As a brand new addition, GPUInfo.org now offers a client application and server-side database for the OpenCL™ standard for cross-platform, heterogeneous parallel programming at opencl.gpuinfo.org.

Intel recently released the oneAPI 2022 toolkits with new capabilities including the world’s first unified compiler implementing C++, SYCL and Fortran, data parallel Python for CPUs and GPUs, advanced accelerator performance modeling and tuning, and performance acceleration for AI and ray tracing visualization workloads.

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C++ for OpenCL 2021 Kernel Language Documentation Released for Developer Feedback

C++ for OpenCL is a community-based, open-source C++ kernel language for OpenCL that combines full OpenCL C with most features of C++17, implemented in Clang and LLVM. Using the new ‘year of release’ versioning scheme, the draft documentation for C++ for OpenCL 2021 language is now released on GitHub for developer review and feedback. C++ for OpenCL 2021 is fully compatible with OpenCL 3.0 as the same features are made optional in both.

I3S enables the streaming and storage of arbitrarily large amounts of 3D geographic data. I3S is web and cloud friendly and is rooted in modern standards and technological advancements in the areas of 3D graphics, data structuring, and mesh and texture compression. Version 1.2 of I3S includes support for supercompression of texture data using Basis Universal Texture supercompression in the Khronos KTX 2.0 texture container format, and advanced physically based materials that are feature compatible with the Khronos glTF 3D asset format standard.

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