Khronos Group News Archives

Call for Participation - Game Development Tools

We invite you to submit a proposal for an innovative article to be included in a forthcoming book, Game Development Tools, which will be edited by Marwan Y. Ansari and published by A. K. Peters. We expect to publish the volume in time for GDC 2011. We are open to any tools articles that you feel would make a valuable contribution to this book. Some topics that would be of interest include:

  • Content Pipeline tools (creation, streamlining, management)
  • Graphics/Rendering tools
  • Profiling tools
  • COLLADA import/export/inspection
  • Sound tools
  • In-Game debugging tools
  • Memory management & analysis
  • Console tools (single and cross platform)

This list is not meant to be exclusive and other topics are welcome.

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Apple releases free Tech Talks 2009 videos covering OpenGL ES and much more

Apple announced the availability of free iPhone Tech Talks 2009 videos for iPhone Developer Program members. The presentations are given by Apple's Technology Evangelists and take a deep dive into app design and coding techniques. Presentation topics in the videos include: audio development, using video effectively, user interface design, Core Data, OpenGL ES, using Web content, testing and debugging apps, using location and maps, and push notification. Read More

DAZ 3D features include COLLADA import and export

COLLADA import/export in DAZ 3D offers a step towards full interoperability between Carrara and DAZ Studio. Now you can export figures, conforming clothing, morphs and scenes from DAZ Studio into Carrara. A key new ingredient to this cross-functionality is support for "sparse morph" data. This allows you to transfer large amounts of morph data within smaller files for greater speed. DAZ 3D pioneered this technology for the COLLADA file format and DAZ Studio is the first application to use this new technique. Dynamic clothing can also now be exported as part of a COLLADA file using the new "Freeze Simulation" feature. Available as part of the Dynamic Clothing plugin, Freeze Simulation is used to convert dynamic clothing simulations into static morph data. The same data can then be imported into your Carrara scenes. Read More

Upcoming Khronos API Training Courses

There are a number of upcoming training course covering OpenGL, OpenGL ES, GLSL and OpenCL. A complete list of upcoming courses and events are available on the Khronos Website events page. Read More

MIPS Technologies and DMP Collaborate on Android Development for MIPS Architecture

MIPS Technologies, Inc. and Digital Media Professionals Inc. (DMP) announced that DMP has become a member of the MIPS Alliance Program for its Android™ on MIPS initiative. The alliance will ultimately enable SoC developers to create MIPS-Based™ SoCs with DMP PICA/SMAPH series graphics IP cores. DMP’s OpenGL ES and OpenVG graphics IP cores including its PICA/SMAPH series cores are developed for high performance and low power embedded applications, fulfilling the increasing need for visually-rich user interfaces in products running Android. Read More

Khronos Group posts Japanese and Chinese translations of press releases for COLLADA and OpenGL 4

The Khronos Group has posted Japanese and Chinese translations of the two recent major press announcements: "Khronos Unleashes Cutting-Edge, Cross-Platform Graphics Acceleration with OpenGL 4.0" and "Khronos Group Delivers COLLADA Adopters Package & Conformance Tests". You can find them both on the Press Release page. Read More

NVIDIA CUDA 3.0 and OpenCL SDKs with Fermi Support Available

NVIDIA has released a new version of its GPU Computing SDK. This version supports Fermi architecture and will allow GPU computing developers to prepare their code for Fermi-based graphics cards. GPU Computing SDK is made up of CUDA 3.0 Toolkit as well as the OpenCL SDK. The official NVIDIA page is here. Read More

Google Announces Angle - Almost Native Graphics Layer Engine - so OpenGL ES can run over DirectX 9

According to Google, the goal of ANGLE is to layer WebGL's subset of the OpenGL ES 2.0 API over DirectX 9.0c API calls. "We're open-sourcing ANGLE under the BSD license as an early work-in-progress, but when complete, it will enable browsers like Google Chrome to run WebGL content on Windows computers without having to rely on OpenGL drivers." Since ANGLE aims to implement most of the OpenGL ES 2.0 API, the project may also be useful for developers who are working on applications for mobile and embedded devices. CNET has done an excellent write-up on Angle. Read More

GDC session slides now online-Mobile, OpenCL, COLLADA, OpenGL

All of the session slides from the 2010 GDC Khronos Group sessions are available online in PDF format. Slides sets available include:

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OpenCL primer and optimization article in Game Programming Gems 8

Game Programming Gems 8 contains an OpenCL primer and optimization article. The articles, called Using Heterogeneous Parallel Architectures with OpenCL, was co-authored by Udeepta Bordoloi, Benedict R. Gaster, and Marc Romankewicz from AMD. Read More

OpenMAX AL version 1.0.1 has been released

The OpenMAX AL working group is pleased to announce that OpenMAX AL version 1.0.1 has been released and is available for download in the Khronos Registry. The update to the specification includes minor bug fixes and clarifications, macros used for platform specific linking information, additional macro definitions for common codecs and multimedia container formats and a detailed description of memory management. An official feedback thread is located in the Khronos forums. The OpenMAX AL version 1.0.1 specification can be downloaded in PDF. Two recommendations have been made to implementors of OpenMAX AL and OpenSL ES. Read More

DMP announces three new Programming Courses in OpenGL ES and GLSL

DMP is proud to announce three new programming training course sessions. For those who have taken past courses, the OpenGL ES courese are two new courses, training I and II, which will run May 20-21 and March 27-28 2010. Complete details in english are available online for the courses: GLSL Getting Started, Training I and Training II, and in Japanese. Read More

OpenCL Is Ready For The Heavy Lifting

Linux Magazine discusses how OpenCL fits in with todays High Performance Computing (HPC), and why you might want to use it over other APIs. Read More

Khronos Group Delivers COLLADA Adopters Package & Conformance Tests

The Khronos Group announced that the COLLADA™ 1.4 Adopters Package is complete and under final review prior to public release--anticipated for April, 2010. The Adopters Package contains both conformance testing software and documentation intended to drive rapid evaluation, deployment and acceptance of the COLLADA specification in 3D content creation, and asset management software. Three new levels of COLLADA compliance are offered in the Adopters Package, which is available to any interested company by executing the Khronos COLLADA 1.4 Adopters Agreement. You can learn more about COLLADA at the Game Developer Conference Friday, March 12 from1:30pm to 2:30pm. The official press release is available here, and an official feedback thread has been started on the forums. Read More

Khronos Unleashes Cutting-Edge, Cross-Platform Graphics Acceleration with OpenGL 4.0

The Khronos Group announced the release of the OpenGL® 4.0 specification. This is a significant update to the most widely adopted 2D and 3D graphics API, and includes the GLSL 4.00 update to the OpenGL Shading language allowing developers to access the latest generation of GPU acceleration. OpenGL 4.0 further improves the close interoperability with OpenCL™ for accelerating computationally intensive visual applications. Among the new features: two new shader stages that enable the GPU to offload geometry tessellation from the CPU; per-sample fragment shaders and programmable fragment shader input positions; drawing of data generated by OpenGL, or external APIs such as OpenCL, without CPU intervention; shader subroutines for significantly increased programming flexibility; 64-bit double precision floating point shader operations and inputs/outputs for increased rendering accuracy and quality. Khronos has also released an OpenGL 3.3 specification, together with a set of ARB extensions, to enable as much OpenGL 4.0 functionality as possible on previous generation GPU hardware. Read More

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