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Travis Glines released a proof of concept chat app using WebGL, Node.js, Websockets and a few other technologies. Its a fun and interesting way to demonstrate a chat room in real time. "When you think of 3D on the web, you typically think of games first. Games in 3D are fun, but what if you could do multiplayer gaming inside a web browser, with a server that could scale?" wrote Travis. This demo reminds me a bit if BZFlag in its early days, and is worth a few minutes of your time to check out.

Cycleblob is based on the lighcycles game from TRON. Cycleblob takes TRON to the next level and makes the grid a three-dimentional object, floating in space. Cycleblob is implemented using WebGL and HTML 5 canvas elements and is written completely in JavaScript. Cycleblob was created by Shy Shalom as a personal project for learning WebGL and game engine design. You will, of course, need a WebGL enabled browser to play.

The OpenCL Lounge has been introduced to announce new IBM OpenCL technologies as well as to promote discussion of these technologies. Lounge members are encouraged to post issues and questions. As well, suggestions and feature requests are welcomed. Refer to the product box on the overview page for a link to the appropriate message board.

AMD recently released Catalyst™ 11.3. The AMD Accelerated Parallel Processing (APP) OpenCL runtime is now enabled by default within AMD Catalyst. Applications that leverage OpenCL for GPU based compute tasks will automatically benefit from the significant performance boost that this provides.

IBM released the OpenCL Development Kit for Linux on Power v0.3 and is available via alphaWorks. This updated offering is a fully conformant implementation of the OpenCL 1.1 specification. Other features of this release include a fully conformant implementation of the double precision extension, 32- and 64-bit atomic extensions, 64-bit application support, debugging improvements, as well as various performance improvements including full IBM POWER7* exploitation.

The new version of music creation software FL-Studio contains a brand new OpenGL powered music visualizer called "ZGameEditor Visualizer" based on the free open source ZGameEditor engine. It comes with over 40 built-in effects that can respond to the music in various ways and it also allows you to create your own effects and share with others. Other features include using video to texture 3d-objects and publish your videos to YouTube.

The COLLADA Work Group has posted the official COLLADA newsletter for March 2011 online. In this issue:

  • COLLADA Conformance Testing
  • OurBricks + COLLADA Makes Sharing 3D Content a Snap!
  • COLLADA Opens Up a World of Possibilities in Second Life’s New Mesh Project

SRS Labs announced the availability of its new SRS TruGaming™ audio enhancement technology suite, which delivers an immersive, surround sound experience for mobile games. Designed to bring 3D positional audio and effects to mobile games over any standard stereo headphones, SRS’ TruGaming is the industry’s first and only publicly offered audio technology suite designed specifically to be part of a fully conformant solution of the recently introduced Khronos OpenSL ES™ 1.1 standard.

Students learn with interactive and hands-on sessions about GPU hardware, GPU languages, discovering how best to take advantage of GPUs for their computational needs. The course covers programming in both OpenCL and CUDA, pointing out the similarities and differences along the way. Topics include both the core languages and extensions including those for double precision and interfacing with OpenGL 3D graphics buffers.

OpenGL ES Programming provides programmers with interactive and hands-on sessions about graphics hardware, shading, data management, all through the modern OpenGL ES API. The course covers OpenGL ES 2.0 and the OpenGL ES Shading Language as well as the similarities and differences between OpenGL ES and desktop OpenGL 3.x/4.x. Topics include both the core languages and extensions such as those for double precision and interfacing with OpenGL 3D graphics buffers. This course is being offered in Fremont California, May 3-6 2011.

The Signals Blog has started a tutorial series on WebGL for Chemistry. To-date, only the first two tutorials in the series are complete, however it is looking to be a very promising tutorial.