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.
This >a href="http://www.iwocl.org/conf-2015/the-future-of-heterogeneous-compute-apis-a-developer-feedback-session-on-khronos-opencl-sycl-and-spir-v/">special FREE to attend IWOCL 2015 session will kick-off with a technical presentation of the new features of OpenCL 2.1 followed by a developer feedback session covering OpenCL 2.1, SYCL and SPIR-V. This session provides developers with an opportunity help drive future development of the OpenCL related APIs. During the session you will have the opportunity to provide your feedback to key members of the Khronos specification working groups, fellow developers and a select group of OpenCL vendors.
Khronos Group member Movidius continues to scale its R&D team, appointed new members to its Technical Advisory Board, collaborated with new customers and partners, such as Google for its Project Tango device, and launched the next generation of its vision processor for mobile and connected devices. Movidius is one of many Khronos Group members working on the OpenVX API.
The 3D Web Fest is coming to San Francisco on May 13th, bringing together designers, artists, developers and technologists to celebrate the best of the 3D web. The lineup of artists and producers will feature work from leading creative coders in the field including Isaac Cohen, Mate Steinforth, Weidong Yang, and many others, which will be shown during live screening presentations. The 3D Web Fest’s web-based project showcase offers up a compelling blend of art and technology, exhibiting what’s possible with the advent of 3D Web in a film festival format and club atmosphere. Tickets are now available.
AJ Guillon will be presenting the upcoming Fields Institute Working Lunch Seminar on OpenCL this April 28th 2015. This talk will motivate the OpenCL standard and present its opportunities and challenges. A survey of performance gains and energy savings will be provided so that the potential of the parallel heterogeneous compute era can be understood. The recent announcements from Khronos at GDC 2015, including Vulkan and OpenCL 2.1, will be echoed. AJ Guillon is a Khronos member and actively contributed to the new OpenCL C++ kernel language, provisionally released as part of OpenCL 2.1. In order to attend, you must register by April 26th.
The organisers of IWOCL, the International Workshop on OpenCL, announced that AMD and HP have sponsored the Advanced Hands-On OpenCL Tutorial that will kick-off IWOCL 2015. The tutorial, which will focus on advanced OpenCL concepts, is an extension of the highly successful 'Hands on OpenCL' course which has received over 3,000 downloads. Simon McIntosh-Smith, Senior Lecturer in High Performance Computing and Architectures at the University of Bristol and one of the authors of the original open-source course will lead the tutorial. The full-day Advanced Hands-On OpenCL tutorial takes place on Monday 11th May at the Li Ka Shing Center, Stanford University. Registration is $145. For additional information visit the official website.
Dr Tomasz Bednarz currently works as a Principal Research Fellow at the QUT Science and Engineering Faculty, and finds time to run the Brisbane GPU Meet-up group and the Khronos Brisbane Chapter. Tomasz will be giving a workshop on High-performance Visualisation Using OpenGL/WebGL. This workshop will provide introduction to OpenGL and will include introductions and hands-on exercises to basic concepts of hardware rendered graphics, shader language and WebGL. Short introductions to OpenCL and new Vulkan APIs will be also showcased.
NVIDIA has released driver 350.12, which is both a Game Ready release and their first R349 WHQL release. NVIDIA has also posted a bit more information (PDF) on their OpenCL 1.2 driver. The OpenCL 1.2 drivers are based on the published Khronos Specification and are expected to pass the Khronos Conformance Testing. OpenCL 1.2 functionality will be available on Kepler and Maxwell GPUs.
The CAD Society has awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award to Jon Peddie of JPR and GraphicSpeak based on his research and publications around 3D graphics technology. The award is given “in recognition of his outstanding lifelong pioneering, consulting, and analysis service dedicated to advancing the underappreciated pixel.” Jon Peddie has been a long time friend and partner of The Khronos Group, and we'd like to congratulate him on this great achievement.
Acceleware will be offering two 4-day training courses in Canada. The first course will be in Calgary Alberta from May 26-29, 2015. The second course will be offered in Montreal, June 9-12, 2015. These professional four day courses are designed for programmers who are looking to develop comprehensive skills in writing and optimizing applications that fully leverage data parallel processing capabilities of GPUs.