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Blender 2.79 Is Bringing Performance Improvements, Better OpenCL

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With Blender 2.79, OpenCL support has improved and should be closer to parity with Blender's CUDA capabilities. The OpenCL Cycles renderer has shorter render times by up to 50% in some cases, tiles are now seen updating while rendering, support for SSS and volume rendering, optimized transparent shadows, and various fixes.

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POCL 0.14 OpenCL Implementation Released

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The Portable Computing Language (POCL) has issued a new release of their open-source CPU-based OpenCL implementation. This new version of POCL continues relying upon LLVM and with this release adds support for LLVM/Clang 4.0 and 3.9.

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Red Gaming Tech interview with Neil Trevett

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Neil Trevett and Paul from Red Gaming Tech discuss the plans with Vulkan, game development, virtual reality technology, mobile gaming, optimization and game development, hardware and a whole lot more.

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5th Scandinavian Conference on System and Software Safety

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Illya Rudkin from Khronos Member Codeplay will be speaking at the 5th Scandinavian Conference on System and Software Safety on Standardizing Technologies for Safety Critical Systems. Learn more about this talk on the Khronos events page.

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NVIDIA GPU Technology Conference (GTC2017) to offer great sessions on Khronos Technology

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The GPU Technology Conference (GTC2017) will be running from May 8-11 this year in San Jose Convention Center. This year will see many sessions related to Khronos Technology including OpenCL, OpenGL, OpenVX, Vulkan and WebGL. Check a list of Khronos technology only sessions on the Khronos site, or visit the NVIDIA GTC site to see all sessions.

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Khronos Group welcomes PlutoVR as newest Associate Member

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The Khronos Group is proud to announce that PlutoVR has joined as an Associate Member. Phone calls, texts, and video chat don’t come close to what it’s like to interact face to face. PlutoVR sees VR and AR as the opportunity to close that gap. With Pluto, you’ll be able to communicate, collaborate, and connect with anyone anywhere, as if you were together in person. PlutoVR is currently hiring.

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Getting more out of Qt Quick with OpenVG

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In Qt 5.9 is now possible to render Qt Quick applications with OpenVG when using hardware that supports it. This is made possible by a new scene graph adaptation that uses EGL and OpenVG to render Qt Quick scenes.

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Khronos opens blog to third party developers

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Khronos wants to hear from you; what you see as important in the industry, developments, trends, tips, and new practices from your perspective. Learn more about what's involved and how to contact us to submit your blogs.

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ARM announces Computer Vision and Machine Learning library with OpenCL

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ARM has open-sourced a new compute library with GPU support via OpenCL as well as CPU support with NEON usage. The ARM Compute Library works on both Linux and Android. Source: Phoronix.

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Feral Interactive announce Mad Max Beta on Vulkan

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Feral Interactive posted on their Facebook page "We’re crazy excited to announce that Mad Max is getting revved to utilise Vulkan, the Khronos Group’s next-generation graphics API." Instructions on how to sign up for the beta are online. Phoronix has posted a short benchmark comparing Mad Max on OpenGL and Vulkan.

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