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Lyncis Pack 3D simulation and visualization application supports COLLADA

Lyncis Pack is a 3D simulation and visualization application that gives you a realistic and real-time presentation of what packaging models will look like at the point of sale. Lyncis Pack supports the COLLADA format as a way to import assets (such as packaging and product models, shelving, displays, etc) for real-time visualization. For other products that support COLLADA, check out the official COLLADA products directory. Read More

Nvidia Mulls Over Porting PhysX to OpenCL

NVIDIA said that it could eventually port computing of physics effects created using PhysX middleware to OpenCL application programming interface (API) and capable hardware. Read More

Okino ships latest release of PolyTrans-for-3ds-Max & Maya 2011 with COLLADA support

Okino Computer Graphics announced that its long standing 3D DCC/Animation/Skinning and CAD/MCAD/Architectural conversion software PolyTrans-for-3ds-Max (for 3ds Max 2011 & 3ds Max Design 2011), and PolyTrans-for-Maya (for Maya 2011), are now fully qualified and shipping to customers. Self proclaimed the defacto standard for conversion between visualization packages, and with good reason. Included in the many conversion formats are our two favourite: COLLADA and OpenGL C Code. Read More

GPCBenchmark - An OpenCL General Purpose Computing benchmark

GPCBenchMarkOCL is a General Purpose Computing benchmark that evaluates the performance of OpenCL enabled devices with a collection of algorithms and applications. GPC benchmark can evaluate and report on the number and frequency of computing units, architecture, memory bandwidth, on-chip cache and memory and synchronize penalty. Read More

Case study on OpenCL low poly collision detection

The case study on OpenCL low poly collision detection is included in the online CMSoft OpenCL tutorials. Highly details descriptions and source code will lead you through an implementation of low polygon collision detection algorithm suitable for engineering assembly analyses. This case study uses OpenGL and Lab3D to display the 3D models. Read More

AMD updates entire FirePro line to Evergreen GPUs - OpenGL 4, DX11, Eyefinity, OpenCL

AMD today introduced 4 new additions to its next-generation ATI FirePro family - the FirePro V7800, FirePro V5800, FirePro V4800, and FirePro V3800. Together with the the previously announced FirePro V880, AMD now offers professional graphic accelerators with OpenGL 4, OpenCL, DX11, Eyefinity multi-display support and as much as double the performance of previous models, at every price point. Read More

GLC_Lib 2.2 Beta 1 released supports COLLADA file format

GLC_lib is a C++ library for high performance 3D application based on OpenGL. GLC_lib 2.0 can handle very large DMUs (Digital MockUps) to create fast free multi platform OpenGL 3D viewers. Some of the new features include: Frustum Culling with OpenGL frustum Plane extraction; space partitioning using Octree; ability to save all supported 3D Formats in a 3DXML ASCII V4; built in 3DWidget; built in Plane sectioning with easy and powerfull manipulation tools. Supported file formats include COLLADA, 3DXML ASCII V3 and V4, OBJ, 3DS, STL (ASCII and binary), and OFF and COFF. Read More

Assimp 1.1 released with improved COLLADA support

Open Asset Import Library (Assimp) release 1.1 is out. It features many bugfixes, improvements and new file formats as well (i.e. Milkshape 3D) and now supports more than 25 3D file formats out of the box, including COLLADA, Obj, 3DS and LightWave formats. COLLADA support has been vastly improved and most DCC applications play well with Assimp's COLLADA Loader. Assimp is an Open Source library (BSD-style license) written in C++. Read More

SimLab Composer 2.0 adds support for COLLADA

SimLab Composer allows the user to create 3D scenes from a wide range of CAD and 3D Design formats, including COLLADA, SketchUp, Rhino, Solidworks, STEP, IGES, FBX, 3DS, OBJ, and STL. 3D Scenes built by SimLab Composer can also be exported to other 3D applications using many standard 3D formats including COLLADA, obj, STL, FBX, OSG and U3D. SimLab Composer is a 3D sharing and rendering application. Read More

Katalabs WebGL 3D Gallery Demo Online

Katalabs now has a demo of their WebGL 3D Gallery online. A video demonstrates the possibilities of their software, and the online demo lets you create your own gallery. Read More

Difference between CUDA and OpenCL

Ever wonder what the difference between CUDA and OpenCL is? Streamcomputing has done a good job in clarifying the differences between CUDA and OpenCL. The article covers speed, language, heterogenous vs. homogenous and some of the terminology. Read More

NVIDIA GPU Technology Conference call for submissions now open

NVIDIA is looking for submissions from industry and academia. The submission should be about your work using the GPU for computing or graphics, and can be completed or currently in progress. The deadline is June 1st 2010. Complete details can be found on the NVIDIA website. Read More

STK analytical graphics adds COLLADA support

AGI adds COLLADA support to their STK mission-proven software application for modeling, engineering and operations of space, cyberspace, C4ISR, UAVs, missile defense and electronic systems. Read More

Maximizing OpenGL(R) ES 2.0 on GPUs for Embedded Applications Webinar

ARM is sponsoring a webinar on April 22nd at 1PM EST. Ed Plowman, Technical Marketing Manager, Media Processing Division of ARM will present this webinar which will provide a background to the OpenGL ES 2.0 standard. Benefits of having OpenGL ES 2.0 running on top of ARM Mali™ Graphics processors and the tools and resources available enabling developers and design engineers to start developing for Mali GPUs will be covered. This is webinar is useful for developers and people investigating GPUs and what they can enable in embedded applications. Read More

NVIDIA releases OpenGL 4.0 drivers

NVIDIA is proud to announce the immediate availability of OpenGL 4 drivers for Linux as well as OpenGL 4 WHQL-certified drivers for Windows. Additionally, support for eight new extensions is provided:

  • ARB_texture_compression_bptc – provides new texture compression formats for both fixed-point and high dynamic range floating-point texels.
  • EXT_shader_image_load_store - allows GLSL- and assembly-based shaders to load from, store to, and perform atomic read-modify-write operations to texture images.
  • EXT_vertex_attrib_64bit - provides OpenGL shading language support for vertex shader inputs with 64-bit floating-point components and OpenGL API support for specifying the value of those inputs.
  • NV_vertex_attrib_integer_64bit - provides support for specifying vertex attributes with 64-bit integer components, analogous to the 64-bit floating point support added in EXT_vertex_attrib_64bit.
  • NV_gpu_program5 - provides assembly programmability support for new hardware features provided by NVIDIA’s OpenGL 4.0-capable hardware in vertex, fragment, and geometry programs.
  • NV_tesssellation_program5 - provides assembly programmability support for tessellation control and evaluation programs.
  • NV_gpu_shader5 - provides a superset of the features provided in ARB_gpu_shader5 and GLSL 4.00. This includes support for a full set of 8-, 16-, 32-, and 64-bit scalar and vector integer data types, and more. Additionally, it allows patches (as used in tessellation) to be passed on to the geometry shader, used as input to transform feedback, and rasterized as a set of control points.
  • NV_shader_buffer_store – extends the bindless graphics capabilities of the NV_shader_buffer_load extension. This extension provides the ability to store to buffer object memory, and to perform atomic read-modify-write operations, using either GLSL- or assembly-based shaders.

The official feedback thread is available in the OpenGL Discussion Forums. The drivers and extension documentation can be downloaded from http://developer.nvidia.com/object/opengl_driver.html

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