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Microsoft’s Mesh Platform For Mixed Reality Puts Microsoft At The Forefront Of XR Collaboration

Microsoft has announced Microsoft Mesh, a connective fabric for mixed reality collaboration. Microsoft Mesh leverages Azure to allow people in different physical locations using different types of devices to join and collaborate in a shared holographic space. Microsoft Mesh is designed to be device and operating system agnostic. And yes, while AltspaceVR is one of the first applications to support Mesh, there will be more cross-platform Microsoft productivity applications and 3rd party applications soon with Mesh in Preview.

Microsoft is one of the biggest supporters of the OpenXR standard, which means that the company wants to help the industry standardize around a certain level of agreed-upon ways of handling common XR functions and APIs and critical inputs like hand tracking and eye-tracking. Adopting OpenXR as Microsoft has helped solve the XR fragmentation problem and benefit Microsoft’s desire to support as many XR devices simultaneously.

Khronos and the AR for Enterprise Alliance (AREA) collaborate to accelerate widespread adoption of open, interoperable Augmented Reality (AR) solutions

Focused on accelerating the adoption of AR in the enterprise, AREA brings a deep understanding of AR use cases and requirements. Khronos develops open standards, tool chains, and best practices for AR that benefit a wide variety of industries. AREA will actively support Khronos’ consensus-based processes for developing interoperability standards to ease integration of AR-enabling components into powerful products and services. This collaboration offers members of both Khronos and AREA, as well as the enterprise AR community at large, an opportunity to contribute to industry-wide discussions that will positively impact the future of AR-enabled user and customer experiences.

During an AREA-hosted webinar beginning at 11 AM Eastern Wednesday 3rd March 2021, Khronos members will present initiatives on which they are working to reduce barriers to adoption of AR for enterprise and 3D Commerce. To join, please visit:

NERSC, ALCF, Codeplay Partner on SYCL GPU Compiler

The National Energy Research Scientific Computing Center (NERSC) at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL) and Argonne Leadership Computing Facility (ALCF) are working with Codeplay Software to enhance the LLVM SYCL GPU compiler capabilities for NVIDIA A100 GPUs. The collaboration is designed to help NERSC and ALCF users, along with the HPC community in general, to produce high-performance applications that are portable across compute architectures from multiple vendors.

Valheim Rolls Out Vulkan API Support

Valheim’s announcement of Vulkan API support is a really significant step in further optimizing the game for a variety of PCs. The biggest advantage most PC games have over console games is just how customizable they are in terms of performance. While Valheim isn’t a super demanding game, this update will allow players with Vulkan to have an even smoother experience if they so choose.

New Vulkan extensions for mobile and Android R - Buffer Device Address

Android is enabling a host of useful new Vulkan extensions for mobile.These new extensions are set to improve the state of graphics APIs for modern applications, enabling new use cases and changing how developers can design graphics renderers going forward. VK_KHR_buffer_device_address is a monumental extension that adds a unique feature to Vulkan that none of the competing graphics API support. This blog describes the extension in detail and how it is used in mobile.

SteamVR Update Brings Full Support for OpenXR 1.0

In the latest update of SteamVR, version 1.16, full support for OpenXR 1.0 is included. SteamVR’s support for OpenXR 1.0 is a huge step forward towards industry adoption of the standard. SteamVR is the leading platform for PC VR thanks to its wide ranging support for every major PC-compatible headset. Full support for OpenXR 1.0 will make it easier for developers to create applications that work seamlessly across a variety of headsets.

New Vulkan extensions for mobile and Android R - Descriptor Indexing

Android is enabling a host of useful new Vulkan extensions for mobile. These new extensions are set to improve the state of graphics APIs for modern applications, enabling new use cases and changing how developers can design graphics renderers going forward. VK_EXT_descriptor_indexing landed in Vulkan 1.2 as a core feature. This blog describes the extension in detail and how it is used in mobile.

The Khronos Group and Web3D Consortium Deepen Cooperation on Open Standards for 3D on the Web

The Khronos Group and Web3D Consortium have entered into a liaison agreement to advance Web-based 3D visualization, modeling and streaming. The liaison is designed to foster interoperability and synergy between the X3D and glTF open standards. The organizations will begin collaborating with a shared goal to integrate glTF 2.0 into X3D V4 to improve visualization and streaming of 3D data.

Khronos and EMVA Collaborate to Gather Requirements for Embedded Camera and Sensor API Standards

The Khronos Group and the European Machine Vision Association (EMVA), the leading European industry association dedicated to vision technology, jointly announce the formation of an Embedded Camera API Exploratory Group, open to all at no cost, to explore industry interest in the creation of open royalty-free API standards for controlling embedded cameras and sensors. All participants will be able to discuss use cases and requirements for new interoperability standards to accelerate market growth and reduce development costs in embedded markets using vision and sensor processing and associated acceleration. If the Exploratory Group reaches significant consensus then Khronos and EMVA will work to initiate the proposed standardization projects at the appropriate organizations. Learn more about this new exploratory group and how you can participate.

Cesium for Unreal coming March 30

Cesium has announced that Cesium for Unreal will be available for download on March 30, 2021. It will be free and open source under Apache 2.0 license. The plugin is built to unlock the entire 3D geospatial ecosystem in the Unreal Engine by combining a high-accuracy, full-scale WGS84 globe, open standards, 3D Tiles and glTF.

Using the new features of SYCL 2020 in BabelStream

In this blog from University of Bristol, Tom Deakin, takes a look at the new features of SYCL 2020 and how they are being used in BabelStream. You can see the transformation at the GitHub Pull Request.

Updating BabelStream from SYCL 1.2.1 to SYCL 2020 resulted in fewer lines of code and 22% fewer characters thanks to some simplifications brought into the latest version of SYCL.

Monado 21.0.0 is officially an OpenXR conformant implementation

Collabora has announced the Monado now provides an officially conformant OpenXR implementation, based on running the OpenXR conformance test suite on a simulated device.

Note that OpenXR 1.0 conformant status applies only to the simulated device. Anyone building a product using Monado with non-simulated hardware still needs to go through the full, normal adopter and conformance process to be OpenXR conformant and take advantage of the benefits.


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