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Intel to Introduce New CPU-FPGA Hybrid Chip Supported by Acceleration Stack and OpenCLLast year, Intel acquired FPGA-focused Khronos member Altera. Intel has now announced a new line of hybrid chips that combine FPGAs with their well-known CPUs. One of the more interesting aspects of the new Intel FPGA ecosystem is the Acceleration Stack, an OpenCL based programming environment that can be used by developers for hybrid cards or discrete cards, including FPGAs, CPUs, and GPUs. The stack abstracts the programming required for the FPGAs to streamline and speed up development for accelerators and applications being used. Additionally, it allows for code to be reusable — porting between FPGAs/GPU/CPU should be possible without major changes. OpenCL, a C based programming language, will. This is quite the opposite of what had been available when Intel released the E600C seven years ago.

A new Codeplay post we presents a utility to facilitate the integration of SYCL into existing codebases that are not C++11 friendly. If your application uses malloc and frees for allocation, or has some existing CUDA®-based memory management, the "Legacy Pointer" and/or the "Managed Virtual Pointer" utilities can help you to integrate your code with SYCL.

Immersed is the East Coast event for industry and professionals working with technologies like virtual reality, mixed reality, augmented reality, stereoscopic 3D, and more. Taking place October 19-21, 2017 at the Ontario Science Centre in Toronto, Canada, Immersed features a who's who line-up of speakers from Intel, HP, Nvidia, The Khronos Group, Google, IBM, Lytro, FORREC, Groupe Média TFO, Space Channel, Tom's Hardware and many more.

If you take a look at the conformant vulkan list, you will see entry 220 - Software in the Public Interest, Inc. 2017-10-04 Vulkan_1_0 220. This is radv, and this is the first conformance submission done under the (SPI) membership of the Khronos adopter program. A major milestone has been reached and radv is now a conformant Vulkan driver.

Webinar: Mastering the Khronos Blender glTF 2.0 ExporterThe Khronos Group presents Mastering the Khronos Blender glTF 2.0 Exporter webinar. Open to all, the webinar will be held online on October 24th at 10am. This 1-hour webinar will be presented by the people who developed the exporter, and we’ll of course end with a Q&A session. glTF 2.0 users and Blender developers are the target audience.

Hybrid CPU-FPGA devices are expected to see widespread adoption. Intel is concentrating on the programming environment so the same tools will be used whether the CPUs and FPGAs are discrete or hybrid in the same socket. This is called the Acceleration Stack for Intel, and it is a complete programming environment that is based on OpenCL, the common higher level programming language that is converged to Verilog and VHDL for FPGAs. Learn more about the roadmap Intel has working on.

Substance Painter adds glTF 2.0 exporterSubstance Painter can now export glTF 2.0 scenes. Substance Painter is a 3D painting software allowing you to texture, render and share your work. glTF is a universal 3D scene format developed by the Khronos Group and currently gaining a lot of momentum in the industry. glTF lightweight, PBR ready, standardized and open source.