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Toronto ACM SIGGRAPH High Performance Computing in Computer Graphics May 20th

Toronto ACM SIGGRAPH is presenting "High Performance Computing in Computer Graphics" on May 20th 2015 at the University of Toronto. Continuing with their recent focus on the technical side of computer graphics, the Toronto ACM SIGGRAPH Chapter is delighted to invite you to their next event, focused on high-performance computing (HPC). Presenting will be AJ Guillon, German Andryeyev, and Ned Nedialkov. AJ Guillon is a Khronos member and a contributor to OpenCL 2.1 and the OpenCL C++ kernel language. He has worked extensively with OpenCL since December 2008, when the first OpenCL 1.0 specification was released. AJ will talk about some of the details of the new OpenCL 2.1 provisional specification, including the new C++ kernel language, and discuss its benefits and pitfalls.

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Mora group announces SparkCL an OpenCL based framework for heterogeneous clusters

The Mora research group at UML released SparkCL an open source unified programming framework for heterogeneous clusters based on Java, OpenCL, Aparapi and the Apache Spark framework. The motivation behind this work is to bring unconventional compute cores such as FPGAs/GPUs/APUs/DSPs and future core types into mainstream programming use. The framework allows equal treatment of different computing devices under the Spark framework and introduces the ability to offload computations to acceleration devices. There is a white paper describing this work and documentation and source repository on Gitlab.

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An Introduction to OpenCL C++

AJ Guillon, who is a Khronos member and contributed to OpenCL 2.1 and the OpenCL C++ kernel language, has written an introduction to OpenCL C++. Previous versions of OpenCL have featured OpenCL C, based upon the C programming language. The provisional OpenCL 2.1 specification is the first OpenCL version to feature a kernel language based upon C++. The relative advantages and disadvantages of C and C++ are already well known, and OpenCL C++ inherits many of them. The OpenCL working group has responded to developers’ requests to be able to write high-level abstractions enabled by C++, while maintaining some compatibility with OpenCL C, by providing the OpenCL C++ kernel language.

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Codeplay’s ComputeCpp to Bring SYCL into Heterogeneous Processor Solutions

Codeplay Software today announced ComputeCpp, an easy-to-use standards-based product for lowering the power consumption and increasing the performance of C++ software. The first commercial release of ComputeCpp will support SYCL for OpenCL, the open-standard C++ programming model from The Khronos Group. SYCL allows C++ application developers to write high-performance modern C++ and deploy it to multiple processor cores without hardware-specific rewrites or optimizations. The Khronos Group just released SYCL 1.2 Final Specification.

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Intel launched OpenCV 3.0 beta support with OpenCL acceleration on Intel graphics technology

Intel Integrated Native Developer Experience (Intel® INDE) Update 2 introduced the OpenCV beta feature. Intel INDE OpenCV beta is compatible with the open source OpenCV 3.0. Provides pre-complied libraries for computer vision applications development for usages like enhanced photography, augmented reality, video summarization, and more. This release Includes IDE integration features. Provides easy to build and create environment for computer vision applications directly from preferred IDEs like Microsoft Visual Studio, Eclipse, or Android Studio. Also available open source at OpenCV.org, the standard optimizations with OpenCL and Intel Integrated Performance Primitives (Intel IPP) and Intel Threading Building Blocks (Intel TBB) ensures Intel INDE OpenCV applications are optimized to Intel’s heterogeneous platforms, accelerated with Intel HD and Intel Iris™ graphics family.

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Big Nerd Ranch upcoming OpenGL ES Bootcamp in June and August

Big Nerd Ranch is offering two one-week intense introductions to OpenGL programming concentrating on iOS. Geometry specification, transforms, lighting and post-effects are covered. Brief introduction to advanced topics such as Oculus Rift and Vulkan. Registration is now open.

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AMD Unveils New 7000 Series APUs with OpenCL 2.0 and OpenGL 4.4 support

AMD unveiled their new AMD 7000 Series Accelerated Processing Units (APUs), AMD Radeon 300 and M300 Series Graphics, and AMD A-Series desktop APU updates. The AMD A-Series Desktop APUs offer Windows 10 readiness including DirectX 12 Multiengine and Multiadapter features. Combined with existing support for AMD FreeSync, AMD Mantle, HSA features heterogeneous queuing (hQ) and heterogeneous uniform memory access (hUMA) as enabled by OpenCL 2.0 applications, and OpenGL 4.4.

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Basemark acquires benchmark business unit from Rightware

Rightware, leading provider of user interface solutions, has on May 1st divested its benchmarking business to Basemark Ltd. Basemark has created an independent and focused testing software powerhouse that is able to serve its numerous corporate customers better than being a part of Rightware. Basemark's patented software technology consists of various SoC, GPU and device testing tools that have become industry standard, such as Basemark ES, Basemark OS and Basemark X. Basemark ES 3.1 is the 4th generation of the popular OpenGL ES benchmark for graphics performance comparisons of OpenGL ES 3.1 enabled devices. Rightware will continue to focus extending its world leading position in automotive HMI solutions.

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OpenCL Code Analyzer in Intel INDE Update 2

The new OpenCL Code Anlayzer, a feature of Intel INDE OpenCL Code Builder, adds performance analysis capabilities integrated in Microsoft Visual Studio OpenCL development environment. With this new feature the OpenCL Code Builder now supports each state of the OpenCL code development, enables developer to carry on performance optimizations in each step of the development from build, to debug, and to tuning and get the best out of Intel Graphics Compute capabilities. OpenCL Code Builder in conjunction with Intel INDE Platfrom Analyzer now enables tuning features for OpenCL applications like:

- Application level profiling
- Platform level timeline view
- Platform performance counters
- Correlate CPU & GPU activities
- Kernel hot-spots analysis

For full description of the OpenCL Code Builder and Analyzer features watch this 2 min video.

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OpenCL Eases Development of Computer Vision Software for Heterogeneous Processors

The Embedded Vision Alliance has published an in-depth overview of OpenCL, jointly published by some Khronos Group members. Please note that a free registration is required to view the entire article.

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