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Ben Bergen, evolving applications and architectures team, Los Alamos National Laboratory, commented at SC09 : "Our development experience at Los Alamos National Laboratory with adapting codes to the Roadrunner supercomputing architecture exposed several areas where there were no obvious tools or techniques that would allow us to maintain portability across the variety of platforms that we must routinely support to fulfil the Laboratory’s stewardship mission. Initial proof-of-concept experiments with the OpenCL framework make us optimistic that OpenCL can address many of the challenges that we will be facing as the HPC landscape evolves into the future."

Nokia has released Version 4.6 of its Qt cross-platform application and UI framework. Key performance improvements include an optimized, re-written Qt GraphicsView rendering algorithm, a new OpenGL paint engine and 2D vector graphic support using OpenVG. Qt 4.6 includes support for the Symbian platform for the first time, and adds Windows 7, Apple Mac OS 10.6 (Snow Leopard), and the upcoming Maemo 6 to the list of Qt-supported platforms.

3d-test sits with Neil Trevett for an interview on what WebGL is, and is not. "WebGL is an API NOT a plug-in! That's a crucial difference to previous approaches such as VRML and X3D. As OpenGL ES is a Khronos standard it makes perfect sense for the JavaScript binding to OpenGL ES to be defined at Khronos – and the WebGL working group is a unique collaborative forum between GPU and browser vendors to make 3D on the web a reality." says Neil Trevett.

Following their successful participation in SIGGRAPH Asia 2008, The Khronos Group is again hosting a “Developer University” as well as expanding their activities by exhibiting on the show floor. The Khronos Group is proud to invite you to Pacifico Yokohama, Yokohama, Japan at booth C12. Updates will be given on all of the major Khronos API's including OpenGL, OpenCL, COLLADA, OpenMAX, OpenVG and OpenGLES, as well, some major announces surrounding WebGL. Complete details as they become available are online.

DirectCompute is a small tool which allows you to benchmark both DirectCompute and OpenCL general-purpose computing APIs by calculating tons of FFT-like data and some memory transfers. This version adds full OpenCL support, shaders profile selection, versions reporting and some basic results validations.

The Khronos Groups OpenCL API was awarded Editor's Choice Award this week, by HPCwire, at SC09. Every year at the Supercomputing Conference, HPCwire announces their Annual Readers and Editors Choice Awards. Hosted in Portland, Oregon in its 21st year, SC is recognized as the premier international conference on High Performance Computing (HPC), networking, storage and analysis.

VMWare recently released new Gallium3D drivers usable by guest operating systems running within VMware's virtualization platform. The drivers will allow virtualized guests to have accelerated access to X11, OpenGL, OpenCL, X-Video, XvMC, and all sorts of other possibilities, limited only by what's supported by the available state trackers.

NVIDIA launched the GeForce GT 240. The chipset uses the newer 40 nanometer manufacturing process, is low energy occupying only one slot without the need of a separate power connector. The NVIDIA GTX 240 card has 96 processing cores, 32 texture units, a 550MHz primary clock speed and can handle up to 1GB of GDDR5 memory running at 1.7GHz. The card supports OpenGL and DirectX 10-level graphics, CUDA, PhysX and OpenCL for general-purpose computing.

NVIDIA and its ecosystem partners will deliver, over the next few months, the industry's broadest set of software releases to developers using GPU Computing in their work. These updates feature major releases across a broad spectrum of GPU Computing development languages, tools and libraries. NVIDIA is releasing its R195 driver which includes new extensions to its OpenCL 1.0 conformant driver and toolkit. The new extensions include support for double precision, OpenGL interoperability and the new OpenCL Installable Client Device (ICD).