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AMD releases Catalyst OpenCL 2.0 Graphics Driver Version 14.41

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AMD has released the Catalyst OpenCL 2.0 version 14.41 graphics driver, adding support for OpenCL 2.0 Core features. This release is compatible with Microsoft’s Windows 8.1 (64-bit), Red Hat Enterprise 6.5 (64-bit version) and Ubuntu 14.04 (64-bit version).

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Luxoft codec utilizes OpenCL to improve video codec speed for 4K and UltraHD

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Luxoft announced the creation of its Professional VP9 Codec Software Development Kit (SDK). Luxoft’s codec is designed to help video content providers, cloud servers, and live-streaming companies produce effective, real-time 4K/UltraHD encoding and video streaming. As a result of utilizing the OpenCL standard, the SDK also offers a significant time-to-market advantage for todays hardware architectures such including CPUs, GPUs, and heterogeneous computing systems. VP9 4K SDK is ready for beta evaluation.

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WebGL now runs on Apple iOS 8

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WebGL is getting closer to running on all browsers, with Apple adding WebGL to the recently released iOS 8. A complete list of WebGL compatible browsers is available here.

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Cesium launches online COLLADA to glTF drag-and-drop online converter

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The COLLADA to glTF converter online tool allows you to convert your COLLADA models to glTF for use with Cesium. Simply drag-and-drop your COLLADA file (.dae) and any images it references by zipping them together. A self-contained glTF file will be downloaded once the conversion is finished, and a model preview will be shown below.

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Free webinar: An Introduction to OpenCL using AMD GPUs

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Join Chris Mason, Product Manager at Acceleware, on September 17 for an informative introduction to GPU Programming. The tutorial will begin with a brief overview of OpenCL and data-parallelism before focusing on the GPU programming model. We will explore the fundamentals of GPU kernels, host and device responsibilities, OpenCL syntax and work-item hierarchy.

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Matrox C-Series PCI Express x16 Graphics cards with OpenGL 4.4 and OpenCL 1.2 support

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Matrox C-Series PCI Express x16 graphics cards are designed with AMD GPUs featuring DirectX 11.2, OpenGL 4.4 and OpenCL 1.2 compliance.

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Fonts and Models in WebGL meetup in London

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The WebGL Workshop London Meetup Group will be holding another WebGL meet-up in London on September 25th 2014.This month they'll take a look at using fonts (and possibly models) in raw WebGL, Three.js, Babylon.js and (hopefully) PlayCanvas. Autodesk will also give a brief presentation of their online model viewer. Held at the SkillsMatter on Goswell Road London, there are a few prerequisites. Check it out, and if you can make it, please be sure to reserve your spot.

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Intel is delivering first OpenCL 2.0 conformant platform

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Intel released the first OpenCL 2.0 conformant platform with Intel Core M processors, supported with the new release (R2) of Intel’s SDK for OpenCL. The SDK works with current Intel processors and allows visual computing applications to take advantage of OpenCL 2.0’s new features on Intel Core M and future processors with Intel Processor Graphics. This major advance in graphics programmability and accessibility will help developers make greater use of the graphics engine to deliver new experiences on Intel-based platforms. The SDK provides everything you need to build, debug, and analyze OpenCL applications. Start now and write your first OpenCL 2.0 code on your current development platform, simply by using the new OpenCL 2.0 development environment that is installed with the SDK.

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Altera to demonstrate OpenCL at the Intel Developers Forum (IDF14) today

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Altera is demonstrating several advanced reconfigurable logic technologies at the Intel Developers Forum (IDF) 2014 that showcase how its FPGA-based solutions are advancing the capabilities of software-defined data centers and high-performance computing applications. The Financial Model Acceleration with FPGAs demonstration uses OpenCL to efficiently implement multiple kernels on an FPGA performing a Monte Carlo simulation to price options. Utilizing the OpenCL standard on a massively parallel FPGA architecture provides an effective solution for system acceleration, offering significantly higher performance at much lower power versus GPUs.

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Calling all WebGL developers… Contest time again!

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Calling all WebGL developers: It’s time to put on your WebGL design hat again – announcing the launch of the second WebGL Widget Contest. Who will win? Whoever submits the coolest-looking widget! The winning entry will be posted on the Khronos website with a link back to the developer’s site, and the winner will receive three WebGL books. You can do so much with WebGL... show us your stuff! Learn more about the contest and upload your entries. The contest ends on November 25, the winner will be notified and publicly announced on December 2 (in time for SIGGRAPH Asia).

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