LightWave CORE from NewTek represents the state of the art in program design. LightWave CORE™ a new 3D application and a development environment for LightWave. NewTek has created a completely new codebase which is multi-platform, multi-processor environment, and is built from the ground up to leverage both 64-bit and 32-bit computers. The SDK and framework are built with C++ and the UI toolkit is built using the industry standard Qt Toolkit from TrollTech / Nokia. The LightWave CORE™ scene file format is based upon COLLADA and have chosen Python as the LightWave CORE™ language, but other languages can be added via SWIG bindings. You can watch a LightWave CORE demo at YouTube.
AMD announces its latest FireStream 9270. According to TechPowerUp, this latest FireStream 9270 supports OpenCL on Windows and Linux systems. This board features 800 stream cores with a top compute rate of 1.2 TFLOPs (single precision), 240 GFLOPs (double precision), 2GB of GDDR5 SDRAM at 850MHz and a peak memory bandwidth of 108.8 GB/s.
AMD gave the first public demonstration of OpenCL functionality at Siggraph Asia 2008 using a particle & fluid simulation app. We've posted a screen capture of the demo. It shows how OpenCL extracts high performance parallel computing out of multi-core CPUs (as well as GPUs and DSPs). As you can see in the video, as the additional CPU cores are enabled the simulation compute time is cut in half!
Kanzi™ is a robust application for creation of applications with 3D graphics user interfaces for embedded solutions. Kanzi is offered for licensing to manufacturers of cell phone, automotive and consumer electronics products. Manufacturers using Kanzi will benefit from completely eliminating the need for prototyping and then having to re-create the same content separately for the target device. Kanzi technology is already used by almost every major semiconductor company in the form of Futuremark’s OpenGL® ES benchmarks, software which helps tune the performance of new chips.
Futuremark launched Mirada™, a new benchmark to measure the performance of 3D graphical display systems used in the automotive industry. The Mirada automotive display benchmark is built upon the latest OpenGL ES 2.0 version of Futuremark’s Kanzi™ user interface engine for automotive, mobile and embedded devices.