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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.

KSCAF Opens Doors to Wider Industry Participation, chooses CC BY-SA

The Khronos Safety Critical Advisory Forum (KSCAF) has chosen the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike (CC BY-SA) licensing model for the open sourcing of the KSCAF Requirements and Guidelines document repositories. KSCAF made the switch to encourage participation in a wider set of domains by making the documents publicly available. Non-Khronos members are allowed to provide expert feedback and high-quality content.

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Intel’s “ANV” Vulkan Linux driver has now hooked into the DriConf infrastructure for handling driver tunables and workarounds. As of Friday afternoon, the Intel Vulkan driver hooks into DriConf. That was followed up by adding a toggle for vk_x11_override_min_image_count behavior. That was followed by adding a generic override for when running gfxbench. Learn more about DriConf and this change.

Geekbench 5, the latest major upgrade to Primate Labs’ cross-platform benchmark, is now available for download. The Compute Benchmark now supports Vulkan, along with CUDA, Metal, and OpenCL. Vulkan Compute Benchmarks are available on Android, Windows, and Linux.

​Vulkan 1.1.122 has been released. This update sees many internal issues resolved plus one new extension from a public issue. VK_IMG_format_pvrtc allows an application to capture performance data to be interpreted by an external application or library.

STIQ Ltd (StyleIntelligence Ltd) interviewed 60 plus companies in the nascent ‘Immersive Retail’ niche focusing on the use of 3D, AR and VR in retail use cases. The reports intent is to provide readers with an insight into the global B2B market for 3D/AR/VR technology for use by retailers (ecommerce pureplay retailers, physical retailers and multi-channel retailers). Learn how the new 3D Commerce working group from The Khronos Group, glTF and OpenXR fit into the highly fragmented 3D, Augmented Reality and Virtual Reality in Commerce. The report is now available for <a href=“”>download</a>.

Khronos Welcomes Newest Associate Member Emersya

The Khronos Group would like to welcome Associate Member Emersya. Emersya’s award winning 3D technology offers a new realm of capabilities for showcasing and customizing products online and in-store. Emersya’s Platform empowers brands to turn 3D models into the most advanced product experiences and embed them on any website, as easily as videos.

Khronos Welcomes Newest Associate Member 3XR

The Khronos Group would like to welcome Associate Member 3XR. 3XR empowers brands to enhance their online presence through a platform-based solution where brands can effectively create high quality, custom 3D content. Their platform provides a solution where brands can utilize a community of creators to develop high-quality, custom 3D content at scale.