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The Khronos Group, an open consortium of leading hardware and software companies, today announced it is launching a new Safety Critical working group to develop open graphics and compute acceleration standards for markets that require system safety certification. Khronos previously developed the OpenGL® SC 1.0 specification that defined a safety critical subset of OpenGL ES 1.0. The new working group will adapt more recent Khronos standards including OpenGL ES with programmable shaders, and the new generation Vulkan™ API for high-efficiency graphics and compute. Work on detailed proposals is already underway, and companies interested to participate are welcome to join Khronos for a voice and a vote in the development process.


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In order to address some of the sources of CPU overhead and provide developers with more explicit control over rendering, we’ve been working to bring a new 3D rendering API, Vulkan™, to Android. Like OpenGL™ ES, Vulkan is an open standard for 3D graphics and rendering maintained by Khronos. We’ll be working hard to help create, test, and ship Vulkan, but at the same time, we’re also going to contribute to and support OpenGL ES. As a developer, you’ll be able to choose which API is right for you: the simplicity of OpenGL ES, or the explicit control of Vulkan. We’re committed to providing an excellent developer experience, no matter which API you choose. Vulkan is still under development, but you’ll be able to find specifications, tests, and tools once they are released online.

Imagination is partnering with Google to demonstrate an advanced prototype of the new Vulkan graphics API on Android. The Gnome Horde demo will be unveiled during a presentation at SIGGRAPH 2015 and runs on the PowerVR GPU inside the Nexus Player device from Google. Gnome Horde is designed to showcase the capability of Vulkan to meet the needs of the Android graphics developer community. The article below offers a complete technical description of the demo, including a video and multiple screenshots illustrating how Vulkan on PowerVR leads to improvements in performance and energy consumption.

“Vulkan: Industry Forged” t-shirts now available online

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WebGL, Blend4Web, NASA and the Curiosity Rover

NASA released a new Blend4Web-powered project powered by WebGL. To celebrate the 3rd anniversary of Curiosity Mars Rover landing on the red planet, NASA has developed a web application to reflect the most prominent moments of this space mission. This app is both very informative and intriguing: you can move the rover, control its cameras and the robotic arm and even take a selfie! The 3D content is integrated with martian landscape photos linked to locations and events via HTML interface and markers. Seamless integration of these different data types is guaranteed by WebGL as a native browser technology. We believe that the successful implementation of such an ambitious project marks a significant milestone in the development of Internet technologies in general and WebGL, in particular.