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Digia joins the Khronos Group as a Contributing Member

Digia joins the Khronos Group as a Contributing Member to support the evolution of open standards that enable the authoring and acceleration of UI graphics, games and media on a wide variety of platforms and devices, such as mobile phones. Khronos is an open, member-funded consortium committed to developing royalty-free standards for mobile and embedded markets. Khronos has extensive membership from all aspects of the mobile industry including carriers, handset OEMs, middleware vendors, games developers and semiconductor providers.

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Khronos updates Siggraph 2008 information page

Khronos updates their Siggraph 2008 information page. With only three weeks left until Siggraph 2008, you are encouraged to signup for any of the BOF's that you plan on attending. There is no cost, and signing up will result in a better Birds of a Feather get together. Available BOF's this year include the OpenGL BOF, COLLADA BOF and the Khronos Handheld BOF. You will also find course and presentation information, and Khronos member booth information.

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The Guardian gives overview of OpenCL and Khronos today

Recently Apple came to the Khronos Group with a proposal to establish the Heterogeneous Computing Working Group, based on OpenCL which Apple had been working on with companies like Intel, ATI, and NVIDIA. While OpenCL is a heterogeneous solution targeting CPUs and GPUs alike, the article concentrates on the GPU side. In a nut-shell, if you have an ATI or NVIDIA graphics card installed, chances are your current computer has 100 or more processor cores in it, and currently, this Graphics Processor Unit (GPU) only handles graphics. Similarly, this also applies to multi-core SIMD CPUs, which OpenCL can harness to yield many times the performance of a sequential CPU programming model. OpenCL is intended to be an API that will let developers use the GPU and CPU for the compute-intensive portions of their application, across many platforms, from desktop to mobile. “It was an idea whose time had come,” says Neil Trevett, president of Khronos and chairman of the OpenCL TSG.

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International Mobile Gaming Awards call for entries now open

International Mobile Gaming Awards (IMGA) have just launched the call for entries for the 5th International Mobile Gaming Awards competition. The IMGA, launched in 2004 is the leading platform for Innovation in Mobile Entertainment worldwide. Each year mobile gaming studios, individual developers, students and researchers are challenged to come up with the most innovative concepts for tomorrow's mobile games. Deadline for entry is Monday September 22nd 2008 at 6PM Central European time. Don't wait, get your entry in today!

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NVISION 2008 is coming to San Jose, California, August 25-27

NVISION 2008 is coming to San Jose, California, August 25-27 -a 55- hour, jaw-dropping, soul-jolting, visual feast that will overwhelm your senses and leave you wanting more.

Aside from amazing keynotes from industry luminaries and an expo hall featuring leading visual computing companies, the Professional Game Developer Program and the OpenKODE Handheld Visual Computing Conference NVISION will bring together new technologies (some never presented before anywhere) into a single venue for the first time.

In your “off duty” hours, you can also compete for hundreds of thousands of dollars in cash and prizes at GeForce LAN, the legendary LAN party five years in the making, or at NVScene, an   unprecedented largest-ever gathering of creative minds in demoscene,  machinima, game modding, and digital art on US soil.

NVISION features numerous technical sessions, from Game Physics, to Developer Tools, and more.  Don’t miss the event that is taking Visual Computing to the next level. To find out more, visit NVISION2008.com or register before July 31st for early bird registration and save $50!

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From Wired: Supercomputing Power Hits the Desktop, Minus the Software

Wired magazine’s Bryan Gardiner says: Just last week, Khronos, the industry consortium behind the OpenGL standard, announced what it calls Open Computing Language, or OpenCL. With this new heterogeneous computing initiative, the group hopes to come up with a standardized (and universal) way of programming parallel computing tasks. In many ways, it's the Holy Grail developers have been waiting for: a hardware-agnostic standard that unleashes the power of multi-core CPUs and GPUs using a familiar language. Apple is throwing its weight behind parallel processing too, and last week committed to using the OpenCL specification as part of its next operating system release, Snow Leopard. Other companies, including AMD, Nvidia, ARM, Freescale, IBM, Imagination, Nokia, Motorola, Qualcomm, Samsung and Texas Instruments have joined the OpenCL working group. If initiatives like OpenCL gain momentum, the days of researchers applying for grants and traveling across the country to use a given university or research facility's super computer may well be at an end. Similarly, distributed computing projects like Folding@Home and Seti@Home may see an huge boost in performance by using hundreds of thousand of computers equipped with these new powerful processors. Of course, if curing cancer or looking for aliens isn't your thing, we can also be fairly certain that Crysis will really scream on any system equipped with these new GPUs.

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Khronos Launches Heterogeneous Computing Initiative

The Khronos™ Group announced today the formation of a new Compute Working Group to create royalty-free, open standards for programming heterogeneous data and task parallel computing across GPUs and CPUs. The creation of this open standard is intended to enable and encourage diverse applications to leverage all available platform compute resources on a wide range of platforms.

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AMD Next-Generation OpenGL® ES 2.0 Graphics Technology Achieves Industry Conformance

AMD has reached a new milestone in the mobile graphics industry becoming the first 3D graphics technology provider to achieve OpenGL® ES 2.0 conformance certification. AMD OpenGL ES 2.0 mobile graphics technology, which will be included in AMD processors, is based on the same AMD Unified Shader Architecture powering the Microsoft® Xbox 360™ video game console. OpenGL ES 2.0 enables rapid rendering of cutting-edge 3D graphics for a variety of consumer electronics devices. The AMD OpenGL ES 2.0 implementation achieved conformance when they met key feature requirements while being rigorously tested and reviewed by the Khronos Group, the independent industry consortium responsible for the development, promotion and certification of the OpenGL ES standard.

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Khronos Group announces Siggraph 2008 BOF time slots

The Khronos Group has announced the place and time of their three BOF's at Siggraph 2008 Los Angeles Convention Center. A notable addition to this update show a time and date has been set for the OpenGL BOF, on August 13th at the Wilshire Grand Hotel. Also updated are the COLLADA BOF on August 14th and the Khronos Handheld BOF, both at the LACC. To reserve your spot at any of these BOF's, sign up today on the Khronos Siggraph 2008 events page.

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OpenSceneGraph announces training session in denver this June

Bob Kuehne of Blue Newt Software and Paul Martz of Skew Matrix Software are pleased to announce that registration is now open for two OpenSceneGraph (OSG) training courses in Denver, CO, June 11-13, 2008. These two courses will provide developers with essential OSG programming skills and visual database creation techniques.

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