The Khronos Group would like to welcome Mercury Systems, Inc as its newest Contributor Member. Mercury Systems, Inc. is a leading commercial provider of secure sensor and safety-critical processing subsystems. Optimized for customer and mission success, Mercury's solutions power a wide variety of critical defense and intelligence programs. Headquartered in Andover, Massachusetts, Mercury is pioneering a next-generation defense electronics business model specifically designed to meet the industry's current and emerging technology needs.
Qualcomm has released a new version of Snapdragon Profiler, the mobile performance profiling tool that runs on the Windows, Mac, and Linux platforms. The release includes various bug fixes, a new Analysis mode, new Trace metrics across various SoC subsystems, and an experimental feature allowing developers to use the latest profiler updates for graphics profiling without having to update mobile drivers. Also included are fixes for various issues in Snapshot affecting EGL images and improved metric calculations for OpenCL applications.
The Khronos Group would like to welcome Zero Latency as its newest Contributor Member. Zero Latency is the pioneer and global leader in warehouse scale, free-roam, multiplayer virtual reality entertainment, with 18 venues in 9 countries across 4 continents.
All of the presentations from the 2018 Vulkan Developer Day in Montreal, are now online. Video for this event will be posted next week. Overall, the Vulkan Developer day was a huge success. In total more than 80 people attended!
Codeplay are excited to again be attending and sponsoring the annual OpenCL conference IWOCL on the 14th – 16th May in Oxford, UK. Codeplay is looking to meet new and old faces from the OpenCL and SYCL community, so if you are attending come and say "hello". The team will be wearing their Codeplay t-shirts and hoodies and will be easy to spot. Learn more about the IWOCL conference and what Codeplay is presenting.
Intel announces the Windows Graphics Driver Version 22.214.171.12425. Included in this update is support for Vulkan 1.1. Platforms include 6th, 7th and 8th Generation Intel Core processor family as well as Apollo Lake and Gemini Lake.
Last Saturday saw the latest update to the XGL component of the AMDVLK open-source Linux Vulkan driver. This incorporates the work done internally by AMD developers on their official Vulkan driver code-base. The latest update exposes AMD_shader_ballot and AMD_gpu_shader_half_float. More details are available on the GPUOpen-Drivers repository and via this commit.
A new GPUOpen has posted a new blog tutorial on reducing Vulkan API call overhead. This article looks at costs associated with complex applications that may end up calling Vulkan functions tens or hundreds of thousands of times per frame, and ways to reduce these calls. The technical read is from author Arseny Kapoulkine, who has worked on game technology for the past decade.
Khronos Group promoter member NVIDIA has released the GeForce 397.31 driver. This driver release provides full support for the new Vulkan 1.1 API and passes the Vulkan Conformance Test Suite (CTS) version 126.96.36.199. As well, this driver supports OpenCL 1.2 and OpenGL 4.6.
Jonathan Voudrie has a Bachelors degree in counseling, is in PTSD recovery, owns Oculus Rift, and is a Twitch streamer that sees the potential for VR technology to improve people’s lives. Read his interview on VR Fitness Insider, where he talks therapy, fitness and recommendations. When asked "Which causes, apps, companies, or individuals do you think are fighting the good fight in the virtual reality industry?" we were happy to see feels Khronos is on the right path with OpenXR. Thank you Jonathan!
The Khronos Group is once again sponsoring the The International Workshop on OpenCL (IWOCL). An annual meeting of OpenCL application developers, researchers and suppliers coming together to share OpenCL best practice and to promote the evolution and advancement of the OpenCL standard. Distributed & Heterogeneous Programming for C/C++ (DHPCC++) will take place on the workshop track of the IWOCL with #IWOCL2018 being held in Oxford, UK, on May 14-16, 2018. Learn more about IWOCL 2018 and Register today.
Don’t miss this year’s OpenVX Workshop at Embedded Vision Summit on May 24th, 2018. Khronos will present a day-long hands-on workshop all about OpenVX cross-platform neural network acceleration API for embedded vision applications. We’ve developed a new curriculum so even if you attended in past years, this is a do-not-miss, jam-packed tutorial with new information on computer vision algorithms for feature tracking and neural networks mapped to the graph API. We’ll be doing a hands-on practice session that gives participants a chance to solve real computer vision problems using OpenVX with the folks who created the API. We’ll also be talking about the OpenVX roadmap and what’s to come.
Join the folks that formed the standard for a day packed with sessions on how to get the most out of Vulkan. Learn the latest developments in the Vulkan API and hear from other graphics developers about their experiences. Learn about new features in Vulkan 1.1, including subgroup functionality, the shader toolchain for HLSL in Vulkan, memory management, and more. The day will include breakout sessions to facilitate discussions on specific use cases, and lessons learnt by developers porting to Vulkan. Speakers confirmed from AMD, Google, LunarG, NVIDIA, Qualcomm and Samsung, with more to come! There will be plenty of opportunities to provide your feedback, and a Q&A panel comprised of the speakers of the day – so bring your toughest questions! Registration is now open.
Enterprises should find it easier to tap the benefits of FPGAs now that Dell EMC and Fujitsu are putting Intel Arria 10 GX Programmable Acceleration Cards into off-the-shelf servers for the data center. The Arria 10 GX cards offers the Intel FPGA SDK for OpenCL to help ease programming hurdles. Xilinx has also been building up the software stack for its own FPGA product families, and recently announced what it calls a new category of programmable chip – the Adaptive Compute Acceleration Platform (ACAP). It says that developers can work with ACAPS using standard tools like C/C++, OpenCL, and Python.