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The AMD OpenCL Coding Competition is heating up with the highest number of registrations for a TopCoder Innovation Challenge to date. It’s not too late for you to compete. June 30th is the deadline to submit your abstract in time to get feedback, so if you were considering joining the competition, do it now.

DevCon5 will run from July 27-28 in New York. DevCon5 is an HTML5 Developer’s Conference that educates web developers, designers, and architects, as well as technology leaders and business strategists, on how to use HTML5 to create dynamic user experiences and new business models while exploiting the power of this new language. Neil Trevett, president of The Khronos Group will be speaking at DevCon5. Register online today.

Glare Technologies have announced the release of a new version of their flagship rendering product: Indigo Renderer version 3.0, which now includes support for both OpenCL and CUDA. Indigo is an unbiased, physically based and photo-realistic renderer which simulates the physics of light to achieve near-perfect image realism. With an advanced physical camera model, a super-realistic materials system and the ability to simulate complex lighting situations through Metropolis Light Transport, Indigo is capable of producing the highest levels of realism demanded by architectural and product visualisation.

Avi Bar-Zeev, a Principal Architect at Microsoft, was disappointed by recent Microsoft headlines parroted from a recent security scare report. He writes "Is WebGL actually harming your computer in any way? I doubt that’s a serious or credible claim. And, frankly, if Microsoft has taken a formal position against WebGL, no one I know got the memo." Avi goes on to express his thoughts on the pro's and cons of Microsoft supporting WebGL vs running away from it. If you have only 5 minutes to read something today, make it this well thought out article on the future of WebGL and your 3D user experience. Avi's article ends with "There is clearly only one direction forward for Microsoft and 3D on the web. WebGL is the way."

OpenSceneGraph is an open source OpenGL-based scene graph API for high-performance 3D rendering. The 2.8.5 release adds new features and enhancements to the stable 2.8.x release series, including more efficient uniform processing, support for the OpenGL texture multisample extension, and enhancements to several file format plugins. For further information read the press release, or to obtain the software go to the download page. OpenSceneGraph also supports COLLADA.

JebGL is a piece of Javascript which lets you run your WebGL apps in browsers lacking WebGL support without having to modify your existing code! Behind the scenes JebGL uses a fallback Java applet to emulate the WebGL canvas if needed, and the Java applet runs hardware accelerated using JOGL.

AMD announced a new set of software development tools and solutions to enable developers to optimize their applications for OpenCL standards. These advanced tools create a foundation for software companies to realize the full potential of the AMD Fusion Family of Accelerated Processing Units (APUs), harnessing the combined compute power of AMD's high-performance CPUs and GPUs across a wide array of heterogeneous computing platforms. As a result, developers can bring to life innovative experiences like HD video, 3D gaming, video conferencing and intuitive user interfaces, to truly differentiate their applications in the market.

Applications for Life Company announced the release of Box Shot 3D 3.5, an update to their powerful utility that digitally shoots virtual 3D objects. Box Shot 3D allows to render software boxes, book covers, magazines, CD, DVD and Blu-Ray boxes, cans, bottles, mugs, bags and much more. The new version brings better support for non-triangulated COLLADA files.

LuxRender is a physically based and unbiased rendering engine using OpenCL. Based on state of the art algorithms, LuxRender simulates the flow of light according to physical equations, producing realistic images of photographic quality. OpenCL allows the Luxrender developer team to support a wide range of platforms and OS.

MontaVista® Software LLC and Rightware Oy announced a strategic partnership and enablement of Rightware’s flagship 3D user interface product - Kanzi® UI Solution running on top of a GENIVI compliant MontaVista Linux platform. MontaVista demonstrated at Telematics Update 2011, a jointly developed solution on an automotive reference platform that showcases their capabilities and ease of integration with 3D automotive solutions. The demonstration runs on top of OpenGL ES 2.0, which is the only hard-requirement for Kanzi Engine technology.

Aiming at increasing the OpenCL developing, I created some wizards to start up an OpenCL application project using the SDK from NVidia, AMD or Intel. I've used Anjuta DevStudio on Linux. There is a lack of OpenSource IDE and tools to develop GPU applications, these wizards help us to create OpenCL applications based on templates and, thus, to decrease the learning curve.

A new video about SmallLuxGPU 2.0 and Blender Exporter LiveMod. SmallLuxGPU is a LuxRays demo and a LuxRender 'proof of concept'. SmallLuxGPU is released under GPL license. SmallLuxGPU 2.0 renderer is 100% written in OpenCL and includes the support for:

  • Multi-OS (i.e. Win, Linux, MacOS, etc.);
  • OpenCL multi-platforms (i.e. Intel + NVIDIA, etc.);
  • OpenCL multi-devices (i.e. CPUs+GPUs, etc.);
  • Metropolis Light Transport;
  • Path tracing with next event MiS (i.e. multiple importance sampling);
  • Blender integration with LiveMode: interactive materials/lights/objects editing.