Khronos Group News Archives

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

Unity wants your input on “Support for the Vulkan API on Android devices”

Unity has a feedback poll running on their site asking for your input on "Support for the Vulkan API on Android devices." Have your say, let them know. Read More

Altera Demonstrates FPGA-based Data Center and Search Acceleration Solutions at Supercomputing 2015

Altera Corporation will be demonstrating FPGA acceleration using its leading-edge FPGAs and SoCs at Supercomputing 2015 (Booth 462), being held November 15 to 20 at the Austin Convention Center, Austin, Texas. Altera will demonstrate how the Altera software development kit (SDK) for OpenCL, combined with its portfolio of FPGAs and SoCs, can help designers achieve high-performance, power-efficient system acceleration. Altera's Michael Strickland, director in the Computer and Storage business, will also appear on a panel: SC15: Reconfigurable Supercomputing on Tuesday, November 17, from 5:30-7:00 p.m., in room 16AB. Read More

HPC Advisory Council and CSCS Announce Switzerland Conference 2016

The HPC Advisory Council and the Swiss National Supercomputing Centre (CSCS), will host the 7th HPC Advisory Council Switzerland Conference 2016 in the Lugano Convention Centre, Lugano, Switzerland, from March 21st to 23rd, 2016. The conference will deliver comprehensive education for topics such as the progress of Exascale, high-speed networks, high-performance and parallel I/O communication libraries (MPI, SHMEM, PGAS), GPU computing (CUDA, OpenCL), Big Data, HPC Cloud, OpenStack, storage and server advancements, new topologies, and hands-on training (clustering, network, troubleshooting, tuning, optimizations). Read More

LLVM Developers’ meeting videos now online

Video's from the LLVM Developers' meeting in San Jose earlier in November are now line. Read More

Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 820 with OpenGL ES 3.1 and OpenCL 2.0 support

Qualcomm officially unveiled its latest mobile chip, the Snapdragon 820. According to Engadget the new Snapdragon is equipped with an Adreno 530 GPU which is around 40 percent faster than the 810's graphics. The Snapdragon 820 supports both OpenGL ES up to 3.1 and OpenCL 2.0. Read More

NVIDIA Jetson TX1 brings artificial intelligence to new generation of autonomous robots and drones

Jetson TX1 is the first embedded computer designed to process deep neural networks. With 1 teraflops of performance, Jetson delivers exceptional performance for machine learning, computer vision, GPU computing and graphics, while drawing very little power. Jetson TX1 includes a comprehensive SDK for embedded visual computing, including VisionWorks, an implementation of the OpenVX 1.0.1 specification with additional NVIDIA extensions as well as support for the latest graphics drivers and APIs, including OpenGL 4.5, OpenGL ES 3.1 and Vulkan. Read More

Khronos SIGGRAPH Asia 2015 Presentation slides now online

The slides from Khronos Group President Neil Trevett at SIGASIA 2015 are now online. The WebGL course slides from SIGASIA are also online, including: Building 3D Web Applications Using WebGL; Building Google Maps on WebGL; Intro to WebGL with Three.js and WebGL 2.0. Read More

Khronos BoF, Tutorial and OpenCL Booth #285 at SC15

Khronos BoF, Tutorial and OpenCL Booth #285 at SC15

Khronos will be on the west side of the SC15 hall in booth #285. Technical experts will be available to answer your questions and there will be OpenCL 2.1 and SYCL reference guides to give away. The Khronos BOF "Flocking Together: Experience the Diverse OpenCL Ecosystem" starts off with an overview of the OpenCL 2.1 C++ kernel language, the SYCL 2.1 abstraction layer, and SPIR. Following the presentation, attendees are invited to bring their code and their toughest questions. Attendees will have the opportunity to experiment with implementations and tools from multiple vendors across several platforms. The BoF session is geared for those experienced with OpenCL, it will also provide an opportunity for newcomers to ask questions both basic and technical of our experts from the OpenCL working group as well as those from various participating vendors. Be sure to visit the Khronos DevU tutorial "Portable programs for heterogeneous computing: a hands-on introduction" on Monday November 16th. Details on all of these events and much more are available on the official Khronos event page. Read More

Basemark Extends Its Benchmarking Lead with Vulkan Performance Test

Basemark announced a new product called Basemark GPU Vulkan. This benchmarking software enables the industry to objectively and reliably quantify and compare graphics and computing performance of next generation mobile and desktop processors compatible with the new generation Vulkan API from the Khronos Group. Basemark GPU Vulkan is developed in close cooperation with key player semiconductor companies, such as AMD, Imagination Technologies, Intel, NVIDIA, Qualcomm and Renesas within Basemark’s benchmark development program. Read More

ReFLEX CES Showcases OpenCL Demo at SC15

ReFLEX CES, an established ALTERA Design Service Network (DSN) member will showcase at SC15 a High Performance Computing OpenCL Board Support Package demonstration based on its Attila Arria 10 GX Instant-DevKit. The Attila HPC OpenCL BSP abstracts the hardware layer from the programmer and allow to him, even if little or no skills on FPGA development, a quick and easy way to run his algorithms on a 100% FPGA accelerator target. Read More

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