Khronos Group News Archives

Google SketchUp makes COLLADA the official first-class format

Google SketchUp will switch to COLLADA for its official file format in the upcoming free version of SketchUp. John Bacus, SketchUp Product Manager, wrote "In our next release, we're going to make COLLADA an official first-class format for all modelers. You'll be able to import and export COLLADA models, as well as COLLADA models wrapped up in the KMZ format for Google Earth, with any version of SketchUp." Read More

Programmers Tutorial on Skeletal animation using COLLADA, C++ and OpenGL

A member of the COLLADA message boards has written a detailed tutorial for programmers on implementing Skeletal Animations. Using COLLADA along with C++ and OpenGL, this tutorial will start a programmer with a high level overview in reading and understanding COLLADA file formats, through to a complete implementation using C++ and OpenGL. Read More

OpenCL Video Tutorial Part Two - OpenCL Fundamentals

MacResearch has posted part two in their series of OpenCL tutorials that we first spoke of here. This second installment gives an overview of OpenCL Objects and the steps involved in running an OpenCL application. Read More

Nokia’s new Maemo N900 with OpenGL ES 2.0 support

Nokia's new N900 pocket computer is built around the powerful ARM Cortex-A8 processor, with up to 1GB of application memory and OpenGL ES 2.0 graphics acceleration and true multi-tasking as on a PC. Other hardware highlights include a high-res WVGA touchscreen, full physical slide-out QWERTY keyboard, 32GB of storage expandable up to 48GB with a microSD card, a 5-megapixel camera with Carl Zeiss optics, built-in A-GPS, an FM transmitter, and up to 9 hours of talk time. Read More

PyOpenCL functional Python wrapper around OpenCL released

PyOpenCL has been released. This OpenCL wrapper for Python has complete documentation and a wiki setup. Key features of PyOpenCL are: object cleanup tied to lifetime of objects; the full power of OpenCL’s API at your disposal with every obscure get_info() query and all CL calls are accessible; automatic error checking; base layer is written in C++; complete documentation; a liberal open-source and free for commercial, academic, and private use under the MIT/X11 license. If you have feedback on this wrapper, you can contribute to a live discussion in the Khronos Message Boards. Read More

OpenCL Video Tutorial - Introduction to OpenCL

With the launch of Snow Leopard this Friday, now is the time to start getting revved up for some of the new technologies coming with this release. One of them, OpenCL. has done a great overview of what OpenCL is and a beginners tutorial on how it works and how to use it. Read More

AMD publishes ‘Hello World’ OpenCL tutorial online

AMD Architect Benedict Gaster recently wrote an 'Hello World' tutorial providing a simple introduction to OpenCL. "OpenCL is a young technology, and, while a specification has been published, there are currently few documents that provide a basic introduction with examples. This article helps make OpenCL easier to understand and implement." Read More

“Beyond Programmable Shading” SIGGRAPH 2009 course notes and slides now online

If you missed the "Beyond Programmable Shading" courses at Siggraph 2009, or you missed Siggraph 2009 altogether, no worries: the course notes and PDF slide presentations are now available online compliments of the Institute for Data Analysis and Visualization at UCDavis University of California. Aaron Lefohn from Intel and Mike Houston from AMD organized these courses which included experts on advanced rendering, graphics hardware, and parallel computing for graphics. Panelists from the Q&A were from DICE, Epic Games, Stanford Univeristy, Chalmers University and MIT. Read More

Khronos announces their participation at ARM techcon3 2009

The Khronos Group will be participating at this years ARM techcon3 conference in Santa Clara on October 23rd. The presentation is scheduled for Friday October 23rd from 3 - 3:45PM in Room 207. Exact details of the talk are forthcoming. Read More

Khronos Members to present OpenCL tutorials at Hot Chips 2009

Members of the Khronos Group will be presenting a half day tutorial at Hot Chips 21 this August 23rd 2009 between 1:30 and 5:30 in the Memorial Auditorium at Stanford University California. The authors include Neil Trevett from NVIDIA, Mike Houston from AMD, Tim Mattson from Intel, Chris Lamb from NVIDIA, Eric Schenk from Electronic Arts and Kari Pulli from Nokia. Registration fees range from students at $95 to non-members at $220 for the Tutorials. Registration fees for Tutorials include a printed set of tutorial notes, continental breakfast, lunch, coffee break, and invitation to the evening Wine and Cheese Reception on Sunday, August 23, 2009. Read More

Intel Acquires RapidMind

Intel announced that it has acquired RapidMind. RapidMind, a framework for expressing data-parallel computations from within C++ and executing them on multicore processors. RapidMind was founded five years ago to commercialize a University of Waterloo programming system called Sh. RapidMind will continue to sell its platform and support existing customers. Read More

3DVIA now supports Collada’s DAE format for their library of 3D models

3DVIA now supports Collada’s DAE format for their library of 3D models. Downloading DAE format 3D models includes any model you create in 3DVIA Shape, which is a great quick tool for creating 3D content. This content can now be used in most digital content applications like Adobe Photoshop and 3D applications used for film and gaming. Read More

COLLADA Contest winners announced

COLLADA has announced the winners of the COLLADA Contest. Congratulations go out to all of our winners and a big thank you to everyone who participated. The Grand Prize winner is Chuck Han and Dan Dan Halabe from The rest of the winners can be viewed here. Read More

Khronos Siggraph 2009 BOF slide presentations now online

Khronos has posted the Siggraph 2009 COLLADA BOF presentation slides and the OpenGL BOF presentation slides. The OpenGL BOF slides include an overview on OpenGL 3.2, OpenGL ES, WebGL, GLSL and gDEBugger. The COLLADA slides include a COLLADA Conformance overview, COLLADA Vision, Project Wonderland, Sirikata--a next generation open source virtual world--and the COLLADA Contest Winners. Read More

OpenCL for CPU Scales Applications Easily on Four Six-Core AMD Opteron Processors

AMD has uploaded a great video to YouTube showing the potential behind OpenCL. This AMD demo shows how easily Powder Toy physics simulation scales across 24-cores with OpenCL without making any changes to the application itself. Read More

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