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The Open Toolkit library is an advanced, low-level C# wrapper around OpenGL, OpenCL and OpenAL. It is suitable for games, scientific applications and any other project that requires 3D graphics, audio or compute functionality. Version 1.0 beta-1 introduces type-safe OpenGL ES 2.0 binding and a large number of new OpenGL tutorials on triangle picking, shaders, cubemaps and vertex buffer objects. It also contains a significant number of bug- and stability fixes; improves multi-monitor support; and improves support for multi-threading. Due to the amount and impact of the included bug fixes, users of previous versions are strongly encouraged to upgrade.

OpenCTM is a file format and a software library for compressed 3D triangle meshes. It is open, portable, easy to use, and offers a flexible data structure with support for many different vertex attributes, including customizable shader specific attributes. Compared to the 0.7 beta release, the 1.0 production release adds: * A COLLADA converter. * Python bindings. * More complete file format specification. * Improved data integrety checking. * Reduced memory footprint.

The Khronos Group announced today that it has ratified and publicly released the OpenWF Composition 1.0 and OpenWF Display 1.0 specifications, forming a new royalty-free, open standard for building windowing systems and accessing display control functionality in accelerated mobile and embedded devices. OpenWF enables a new degree of portability, acceleration and abstraction for windowing systems while adding functionality and features through close integration with Khronos application APIs. The OpenWF standard is accompanied by an open source sample implementation and a full suite of conformance tests implemented by the Khronos Group.

The Khronos Group will be demoing OpenCL at their booth at SC09 in Portland Oregon. This year, the Khronos Group is pleased to hand out a free, nicely-laminated OpenCL Quick Reference card to SC09 booth visitors. This comprehensive 6 page quick reference covers all important aspects of the OpenCL API. A complete schedule of Khronos events at SC09 is located on the Khronos Group SC09 event page, along with a signup form for guests. Space is limited, so please signup early to reserve your spot.

Freescales i.MX51 processors for automotive applications, and industrial and consumer applications, incorporates dedicated OpenVG™ and OpenGL®-ES hardware acceleration that is vital for popular customer requirements like Adobe Flash. "In combination with the QNX Aviage Middleware, customers can easily develop rich multimedia products with highly advanced human-machine interfaces imperative to the automotive infotainment space” said Romain Saha, business development manager at QNX Software Systems. Supported frameworks include DirectShow for Windows Embedded, GStreamer for GNOME™ and the Ubuntu OS, and OpenMAX™ for Android. Optimized graphics middleware for X Window System, OpenGL-ES and OpenVG graphics engines are also provided to enable rich user interfaces and graphics.

Top500.org will announce the new list of world's most powerful supercomputers during this month during Supercomputing 09 conference held in Portland, Oregon between November 14-20. Among those announcements, the Chinese National University of Defense Technology is hoping to have their new system listed in the top ten, running in practice at 563.1 TFLOPS and theoretically at 1.206 PFLOPS using GPUs running Linpack, SOPEoptimized code. Their supercomputer is using 5120 AMD RV770 GPUs.

The system allows web-developers to build web-pages and applications, which include declarative (X)3D content that will be rendered hardware accelerated, thanks to WebGL, without the need for using any plugin. The goal here is to have a live X3D scene in your browser-DOM, which allows you to manipulate the 3D content by only adding, removing or changing DOM elements. No specific plugin or plugin interface are needed.