Recently Apple came to the Khronos Group with a proposal to establish the Heterogeneous Computing Working Group, based on OpenCL which Apple had been working on with companies like Intel, ATI, and NVIDIA. While OpenCL is a heterogeneous solution targeting CPUs and GPUs alike, the article concentrates on the GPU side. In a nut-shell, if you have an ATI or NVIDIA graphics card installed, chances are your current computer has 100 or more processor cores in it, and currently, this Graphics Processor Unit (GPU) only handles graphics. Similarly, this also applies to multi-core SIMD CPUs, which OpenCL can harness to yield many times the performance of a sequential CPU programming model. OpenCL is intended to be an API that will let developers use the GPU and CPU for the compute-intensive portions of their application, across many platforms, from desktop to mobile. “It was an idea whose time had come,” says Neil Trevett, president of Khronos and chairman of the OpenCL TSG. Read More
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Mentor Graphics Corporation today announced that the Nucleus® Operating System (OS) Multimedia Framework (MMF) has passed OpenMAX™ IL conformance testing on the Atmel AT91SAM9261 platform, making it the first commercial OS to achieve such platform conformance validation awarded by the Khronos™ Group. Read More
BuGLe is an open-source OpenGL debugger. Previously, it has been limited to X11 systems and OpenGL, but the latest release adds alpha support for Microsoft Windows as well as OpenGL ES 2.0. These ports are not feature-complete (particularly the OpenGL ES port), but developers are encouraged to try them out. Read More
ARM MALI-200 GPU world’s first to achieve Khronos OpenGL ES 2.0 Conformance at 1080p HDTV resolution
The ARM® Mali™-200 graphics processing unit is the first GPU on today’s market to pass Khronos conformance testing at up to 1080p HDTV resolutions. This brings accredited graphics acceleration to the broadest range of consumer devices, from next-generation set-top boxes to mobile devices with TV Out, to high-definition TVs. ARM is enabling its Partners to deliver attention-grabbing screen displays on all next-generation consumer electronics devices used at home and on the move. ARM is dedicated to the support of open standards, enabling positive market growth, and the Mali-200 GPU demonstrates ARM’s continued technology leadership in graphics acceleration. Read More
Announcing the COLLADA Plugfest - July 22- 23rd at the Hotel Sofitel, Redwood City, CA - Sponsored by Intel Corporation
Come join COLLADA developers and test your tool’s interoperability!
Intel is pleased to sponsor a two-day event July 22-23 to help developers test their COLLADA importers and exporters to make sure they can interchange content correctly. Bring your code and your content and we’ll help you show where improvements can be made. Contact Rita Turkowski, rita.b.turkowski at intel.com or Remi Arnaud, remi.s.arnaud at Intel.com for more info.
International Mobile Gaming Awards (IMGA) have just launched the call for entries for the 5th International Mobile Gaming Awards competition. The IMGA, launched in 2004 is the leading platform for Innovation in Mobile Entertainment worldwide. Each year mobile gaming studios, individual developers, students and researchers are challenged to come up with the most innovative concepts for tomorrow's mobile games. Deadline for entry is Monday September 22nd 2008 at 6PM Central European time. Don't wait, get your entry in today! Read More
FX Composer 2.5, the latest version of NVIDIA's powerful shader development environment, has been released. FX Composer supports DirectX, OpenGL, HLSL, COLLADA FX, and CgFX, as well as the .fbx, .x, .3ds, .obj, and .dae file formats for importing geometry. Read More
Mobile user experience software specialist, Digital Airways, introduces Kaleido 3D, an advanced graphic rendering solution for mobile phones. Building on the Kaleido UI software solution, Kaleido 3D allows 2G and 3G handsets manufacturers to create full 3D user interfaces quickly and cost effectively. Taking advantage of the OpenGL-ES standard, Kaleido 3D responds to handset manufacturers’ challenges in developing sophisticated 3D graphics for user interfaces and product positioning by providing a multiplatform UI framework and a library of pre-integrated customizable and extendable functions all aimed at simplifying the creation of any sort of innovative animation. Read More
Futuremark announces a benchmark product for automotive applications. The benchmark will be designed to evaluate the performance of graphics cores, chips, SoCs, embedded systems and devices used in automotive applications from dashboards to GPS devices. The upcoming automotive benchmark will utilize real-world use cases such as car dashboard, info-system, and navigation workloads based on OpenGL ES 1.x and ES 2.0. Read More
Foliage middleware provider Interactive Data Visualization has announced the release of the latest version of its SpeedTree, adding new features like a forest preview, wind, and advanced lighting. IDV says the early release, which it calls a "near-final beta version" for both PC and next-gen consoles will let users create a tree and see it instantly as part of a forest, to "quickly get a feel for how their trees will look and perform with other trees. The latest version supports COLLADA and OBJ mesh exporting that will capture "SpeedTree's normals, binormals, tangents, and wind weights as well as the standard geometric features (vertices, texture coordinates, etc.)." Read More
NVISION 2008 is coming to San Jose, California, August 25-27 -a 55- hour, jaw-dropping, soul-jolting, visual feast that will overwhelm your senses and leave you wanting more.
Aside from amazing keynotes from industry luminaries and an expo hall featuring leading visual computing companies, the Professional Game Developer Program and the OpenKODE Handheld Visual Computing Conference NVISION will bring together new technologies (some never presented before anywhere) into a single venue for the first time.
In your “off duty” hours, you can also compete for hundreds of thousands of dollars in cash and prizes at GeForce LAN, the legendary LAN party five years in the making, or at NVScene, an unprecedented largest-ever gathering of creative minds in demoscene, machinima, game modding, and digital art on US soil.
NVISION features numerous technical sessions, from Game Physics, to Developer Tools, and more. Don’t miss the event that is taking Visual Computing to the next level. To find out more, visit NVISION2008.com or register before July 31st for early bird registration and save $50!Read More
The new gDEBugger V4.2 adds full support for Frame Buffer Objects (FBOs). It enables developers to view allocated FBOs and Renderbuffer objects, FBOs attachment points (depth, color and stencil) and Renderbuffers data as an image and raw data. This version adds full support for OpenGL context sharing. Shared objects are now displayed in each and every render context that shares them. In addition, NVIDIA GLExpert driver (v2.0) was integrated into this version. gDEBugger, an OpenGL and OpenGL ES debugger and profiler, traces application activity on top of the OpenGL API, lets programmers see what is happening within the graphic system implementation to find bugs and optimize OpenGL application performance. gDEBugger runs on Windows and Linux operating systems. Read More
Lightsprint released new version of Lightsprint SDK, realistic lighting middleware for both realtime and offline lightmap building. New version adds Linux and Playstation 3 support, improves real-time GI rendering based on OpenGL API, improves COLLADA support, adds tone mapping, adds faster GI techniques and demos. 3D Render Ltd licensed Lightsprint SDK. Read More
Wired magazine’s Bryan Gardiner says: Just last week, Khronos, the industry consortium behind the OpenGL standard, announced what it calls Open Computing Language, or OpenCL. With this new heterogeneous computing initiative, the group hopes to come up with a standardized (and universal) way of programming parallel computing tasks. In many ways, it's the Holy Grail developers have been waiting for: a hardware-agnostic standard that unleashes the power of multi-core CPUs and GPUs using a familiar language. Apple is throwing its weight behind parallel processing too, and last week committed to using the OpenCL specification as part of its next operating system release, Snow Leopard. Other companies, including AMD, Nvidia, ARM, Freescale, IBM, Imagination, Nokia, Motorola, Qualcomm, Samsung and Texas Instruments have joined the OpenCL working group. If initiatives like OpenCL gain momentum, the days of researchers applying for grants and traveling across the country to use a given university or research facility's super computer may well be at an end. Similarly, distributed computing projects like Folding@Home and Seti@Home may see an huge boost in performance by using hundreds of thousand of computers equipped with these new powerful processors. Of course, if curing cancer or looking for aliens isn't your thing, we can also be fairly certain that Crysis will really scream on any system equipped with these new GPUs. Read More
The Khronos™ Group announced today the formation of a new Compute Working Group to create royalty-free, open standards for programming heterogeneous data and task parallel computing across GPUs and CPUs. The creation of this open standard is intended to enable and encourage diverse applications to leverage all available platform compute resources on a wide range of platforms. Read More