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The Western Australian Supercomputer Program (WASP) in conjunction with iVEC and the University of Western Australia is currently running an OpenCL course during the 2010 iVEC/WASP summer school programme. The course will concentrate on teaching students the fundamentals of OpenCL with a goal towards helping students gain a fundamental understanding of OpenCL as a technology framework for enabling heterogenous parallel processing. Online slides sets are available as the course unfolds.

Shader Toy is an online shader editor using the new WebGL specification to allow you to edit GLSL shaders. The tool is based online so there is no need to install any additional software. Shader Toy comes with lots of interesting shaders, including: Raymarching, procedural distance fields, metaballs, tunnels, deformations, postprocessing effects and many more. Shader Toy is ideal when you have an idea you want to sketch, or want to play a bit with shaders, but you don't have your OpenGL framework handy. This WebGL contribution and many more are available through the WebGL Wiki User Contributions.

3D-Test interviewed the developers behind GLGE, a higher level API using WebGL, with a declarative xml format to remove the chore of creating 3D scenes via javascript alone. GLGE hides the GLSL shaders from the developer by implementing common use shaders within the API, various lighting types, normal maps, shadows, fog, etc. This frees the developers up to create actual content, games and applications with WebGL. Read the interview and visit the GLGE website.

Symbio announced it has completed and delivered the OpenWF™ conformance test suite and a conformant OpenWF sample implementation to the Khronos Group industry consortium. The OpenWF 1.0 Standard is a key system-level enabler for graphics IP vendors, hardware manufacturers and device manufacturers that enables the integration of individual components and APIs for an overall enhanced user interface experience. The conformance test suite verifies compliance with the OpenWF specifications and provides an assessment of visual quality.

Vivante Corporation and Animated Media Inc. are combining Vivante's OpenGL ES 2.0 accelerated pipeline with AMI's VGK platform. The VGK platform consists of a collection of integrated software tools that extend Adobe's Flash product functionality by allowing the technology to operate in a wide variety of systems, from low-power embedded devices to high-end 3D computers. This will enable sophisticated UI tools to be used in embedded systems such as cameras, mobile devices, games, eReaders, netbooks, Set Top Boxes (STBs), home entertainment products, and toys. Vivante delivers silicon proven, industry leading graphics conformant with the OpenGL ES 2.0/1.1 and OpenVG API standards.

A compiler for OpenCL Kernel files designed to be used during OpenCL application development is now available on SourceForge. The use of this tool alleviates the need for building compiler diagnostic message retrieval code into applications that use OpenCL. It allows developers to spot compilation errors during source builds instead of at run-time.

AMD Developer Centeral has posted the ATI Stream OpenCL Technical Overview Video Series. The series of 5 videos provides ATI Stream developers an overview of the OpenCL API and OpenCL C programming language.

Here is a summary of the videos by AMD's Justin Hensley:

  • Video 1: What is OpenCL? (7:44)
  • Video 2: What is OpenCL? (continued) (6:37)
  • Video 3: Resource Setup (11:06)
  • Video 4: Kernel Execution (13:00)
  • Video 5: Programming with OpenCL C (17:59)

Safe Software, the leaders in spatial ETL (extract, transform and load), has announced the release of FME 2010, the only complete solution for data conversion and distribution available in the market today. FME 2010 introduces new support for additional formats, enhanced support for popular formats, and significant improvements in support for 3D formats, enabling users to create even more realistic 3D models that integrate data from a wide variety of data types including Autodesk 3ds, COLLADA (.dae), Google Sketchup™ and Presagis OpenFlight.

Imagination Technologies announces the POWERVR SGX545. SGX545 will support OpenGL ES 2.x and OpenGL 3.2 to deliver class leading 3D graphics performance as well as support OpenCL 1.0 full profile capability which will enable mobile and embedded applications to take maximum advantage of the capabilities offered by these GPU APIs for both 3D graphics and general purpose applications.

The Khronos Group and Epic Games, Inc. announced that Epic has joined Khronos as a member of its Board of Promoters. Khronos is delighted to have one of the most respected games technology companies on the planet come on board. Epic will be able to provide significant input into the development of key graphics 3D standards, such as OpenGL® and OpenGL ES™ enabling Epic’s gaming technology on an increasingly broad range of platforms.