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There are several great Khronos related meetings for April 2019: "OpenXR 0.90 Provisional Specification Review" on April 10th in Cambridge MA USA, "Munich Meetup April 2019" on April 12th in Munich Germany with Dr Chajdas and friends covering Vulkan, SPIR-V and GLSL, and starting on April 16th is a three part meet up on "A Gentle Introduction to Shaders 1" in London UK. Learn more about these meet ups and how Khronos can help support your Khronos related meet up.

Real-time interactive simulations of large-scale heart arrhythmias using WebGLIn a recent article of Science Advances, we introduced a WebGL library Abubu.js that makes easier to program and create high-performance simulation of cardiac dynamics and other large-scale systems like fluid flow and crystal growth. Making these kind of simulations and studies accessible to virtually anyone with a modest computer. For cardiac dynamics, this approach will allow not only scientists and students but also physicians to use physiologically accurate modeling and simulation tools that are interactive in real time, thereby making diagnostics, research, and education available to a broader audience and pushing the boundaries of cardiac science.

Codeplay Software has announced the availability of this fully supported edition of their popular SYCL implementation providing advanced features and premium technical support to developers seeking to bring advanced vision and AI products to the market. The first releases will support Intel GPUs and Renesas R-Car products, with other platforms becoming available soon.

Tobii announced at the 2019 Game Developers Conference, a new software development kit (SDK) for XR applications and new resources for PC developers. The new developer guides and tools ease eye tracking integration in a variety of important ways, from providing new libraries and APIs for intuitive object mapping and selection, to delivering example code and implementation tutorials. The Tobii XR SDK and associated libraries are designed to be used with and complement the capabilities of device-specific SDKs associated with VR headsets that support eye tracking and the OpenXR initiative.

Radeon GPU Analyzer (RGA) is thte AMD offline compiler and integrated code analysis tool, supporting the high-level shading and kernel languages that are consumed by DirectX 11, Vulkan, OpenGL and OpenCL, including HLSL, GLSL, the OpenCL kernel language, and SPIR-V. Along with support for Vulkan in the RGA GUI, the biggest new feature in RGA 2.1 is a new analysis system that lets you obtain the GCN machine ISA and hardware resource information, using the compiler in the running driver that you have in your system. Learn more on the Radeon GPU Blog from AMD.

NVIDIA VKRay is a set of three extensions that bring ray tracing functionality to the Vulkan. VK_NV_ray_tracing is the stable registered extension for adding ray tracing effects to Vulkan raster applications. Callable shaders provide applications with the means to reuse shading code across many different objects. The new stable extension includes API updates for cleaner code and flexible memory management. Learn more in the NVIDIA Developers News center.

ncnn brings nerual network inference acceleration using vulkanncnn is a widely-used opensource neural network inference framework optimized for mobile platforms. It supports commonly used CNN models such as resnet, mobilenet, ssd, yolo etc. , converted from caffe, mxnet, onnx etc. The ncnn community used to focus on high performance computing optimization on mobile CPU using arm neon technology. The latest ncnn version added gpu-acceleration via Vulkan compute, which brings a cross-platform and vendor-independent neural network inference solution from desktop to mobile. The ncnn Vulkan acceleration runs natively on Windows, Linux, Android, and MacOS, iOS via MoltenVK project.

Google announces Stadia, a game streaming service using VulkanAt its GDC 2019 keynote, Google announced Stadia, a cloud streaming service allowing graphically-intensive games to be available to anyone who can run Chrome. Doom Eternal will be one of the first games on the platform, streaming at 4K resolution, 60 fps. Google has partnered with AMD to design a custom GPU with "more than ten teraflops of power," which is paired with a custom CPU for each Stadia rendering instance. Those instances will run on Linux and use the Vulkan API. Google has partnered with Unreal and Unity to "bring full support to the most popular and familiar game engines to our development community."

Out of GTC and into GDC, NVIDIA will talk about Q2VKPT, the Vulkan-based renderer for Quake 2 that uses hardware accelerated path tracing and advanced spatiotemporal denoising. One of the speakers is former NVIDIA intern Christoph Schied, a Ph.D. student at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology in Germany, creator of Q2VKPT. For a sneak peak checkout this article with Video and Screenshots.

Khronos will be holding their Annual GDC Developer Day Sessions on March 19th in Moscone West Room 2020. The complete schedule is available online:

  • glTF and WebGL - 10:00am – 11:00am
  • OpenXR – State of the Union – 11:20am – 12:20pm
  • Vulkan – State of the Union - 1:20pm – 2:20pm
  • Making Use of New Vulkan Features – 2:40pm – 3:40pm
  • Bringing Fortnite to Mobile with Vulkan and OpenGL ES – 4:00pm – 5:00pm
  • Ubisoft's Experience Developing with Vulkan – 5:30pm – 6:30pm
Running all day March 18-19 will be the Khronos OpenXR Table at VRDC. Finally on March 20th starting at 6:30pm, there will be the annual WebGL/WebVR Meetup to be held in Galvanize. In past years there were over 200 people attending with only standing room and people being turned away. If you want to get in, show up early. This event will be live streamed on the Silicon Valley WebGL group on Facebook.