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3D Commerce Working Group releases sneak peek into upcoming Real-time Asset Creation Guidelines

The Khronos 3D Commerce Working Group is working to build industry consensus around guidelines, standards and certification programs to streamline 3D content creation, management and deployment for Ecommerce, including online ads and search results. In one of its first deliverables, the Working Group has published a sneak peek at the upcoming guidelines by releasing a high-level summary of the topics that will be covered—including file formats, coordinate systems, geometry, materials, textures, lighting and publishing targets. This summary has been published in Markdown on GitHub under the CC BY 4.0 license. Khronos is inviting feedback, suggestions and contributions from the industry to help guide and improve the full guidelines. Learn more about this release in the latest Khronos Blog: Khronos 3D Commerce Working Group Provides Sneak Peek into Upcoming Real-time Asset Creation Guidelines for Retail and E-Commerce.

Multiple Conformant OpenXR Implementations Ship Bringing to Life the Dream of Portable XR Applications

The Khronos Group announces multiple conformant implementations of OpenXR are shipping from Oculus and Microsoft, leveraging the newly opened OpenXR 1.0 Adopters Program and open source conformance tests. The OpenXR Adopter’s Program enables consistent cross-vendor testing and reliable operation of OpenXR across multiple platforms and devices with OpenXR-conformant products published on the Khronos Conformant Product Registry. Learn more in today’s press release and the latest OpenXR EcoSystem Update slides.

OpenXR for Oculus Update

Oculus announced that as of v19, they are officially supporting the OpenXR 1.0 implementation. Developers can now submit their OpenXR apps to the Oculus Store. For mobile, please use the OpenXR loader that shipped with v19 or higher. You can find the latest PC SDK version here and the latest version of the OpenXR SDK here. For more information, check out our documentation (PC, mobile) and join the discussion in the OpenXR Development forum. We’ll keep you updated as we add support for new extensions.

AMD releases new open-source AMDVLK Vulkan driver

AMDVLK 2020.Q3.1 is now shipping as their first tagged open-source Vulkan driver snapshot of the third quarter. Included are several performance optimizations / tuning improvements. The Talos Principle, Doom: Eternal, and Mad Max have all seen focused performance tuning work while other titles may indirectly benefit as well. VK_EXT_extended_dynamic_state is also now supported by the AMDVLK driver

New Job Posting: Vulkan Project Coordinator

​The Khronos Group is looking for a Vulkan Project Coordinator. This role is a unique opportunity to work and build relationships with some of the world’s largest technology companies. You will also play a vital role in improving tools and resources available to developers by bringing key working group and developer relations initiatives to completion. The role will require significant negotiation and people skills as you navigate the diverse priorities and needs of various members involved in a project. Working with the Khronos membership to develop custom processes that work for each project will be a critical skill in ensuring success. This is a part-time, remote position.

Playdeck Project Tutorial: Introduction to OpenXR

​Playdeck Project has a great tutorial to help you get started using OpenXR in your apps. The tutorial runs on Windows Mixed Reality headsets and the HoloLens 2 emulator, using C/C++, DirectX 11, and the OpenXR runtime that Microsoft recently shipped. Complete code is available on GitHub. The author also has an open source C# MR rendering library called StereoKit, which uses OpenXR as its core interface to Mixed Reality.

Ultraleap releases OpenXR integration

Khronos member Ultraleap announces the Alpha release of an OpenXR integration with their hand tracking technology. With this integration, developers can now use Ultraleap hand tracking within an OpenXR application by utilising an Ultraleap tracking device mounted onto an XR headset. Ultraleap is calling on developers to help gather early feedback and bug reports, as well as share any projects that they have used the integration to build.

In this academic paper, the API employed for geovisualization use Web Graphics Library (WebGL), a cross-platform and royalty-free web standard for a low-level graphics API, designed and maintained by the non-profit Khronos Group. The implementation of the standard is a JavaScript API for rendering interactive 2D and 3D graphics within a web browser without a plug-in as the API closely conforms to Open Graphics Library for Embedded Systems (OpenGL ES) that can be used in Hypertext Markup Language 5 (HTML5) canvas elements

Intel Graphics Performance Analyzers 2020.2 (Intel GPA) now supports Vulkan 1.2

Intel GPA provides tools for graphics analysis and optimizations for making games and other graphics-intensive applications run even faster. In the latest release of Intel GPA 2020.2, Intel introduces support for Vulkan 1.2 (SDK 1.2.135) workloads on Windows 10, the ability to view CreateInfo parameters for resources now available for Vulkan and D3D12 workloads and the ability to view metadata information for SwapChains (Vulkan and D3D12) and Render Passes (Vulkan). Read more to learn about all the features this release has to offer, or go directly to the downloads page.

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