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High-performance Visualisation Using OpenGL/WebGL at International Symposium in Australia

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.

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NVIDIA Releases 350.12 Game Ready WHQL Drivers with OpenCL 1.2 Support

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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.

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CAD Society announces 2015 Lifetime Achievement Award to Jon Peddie

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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.

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Acceleware offering two OpenCL Training Courses in Calgary and Montreal

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.

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AMD Showcase includes OpenCL at NAB 2015

The AMD exhibit showcases offer attendees a range of hands-on workflow experiences powered by AMD FirePro professional graphics: New fully integrated and redesigned OpenCL AMD accelerated features for Adobe Premiere Pro CC allow editors to be more creative with color than before. In addition to OpenCL streamlined color features, Adobe will showcase an all new OpenCL powered Morph Cut feature for making jump cuts natural and seamless; Autodesk demonstration featuring the FireRender plug-in for 3ds Max and Autodesk Maya with OpenCL accelerated Bullet Physics and deformers powered by a workstation with AMD FirePro W9100 professional graphics.

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Khronos UK Chapter meeting at LLVM conference in Goldsmiths University of London

Samsung R&D Institute UK invites you to the next meeting of the Khronos UK Chapter on Tuesday 14th April, taking place during the LLVM conference in the New Academic Building at Goldsmiths, University of London. The meeting will focus on how SPIR-V is a cornerstone of the new Vulkan and OpenCL 2.1 APIs recently announced by Khronos, how SPIR-V evolved from LLVM IR and why a binary intermediate language is important to the industry.

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GTC 2015 talk from Neil Trevett covering SPIR-V and OpenCL 2.1

The SPIR-V and OpenCL 2.1 talk by Neil Trevett is now available online. The slides are available on the Khronos website.

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IWOCL 2015 Program Now Published and Registration is Open

Now online are the program and early bird registration for IWOCL 2015 which is taking place between 11-13 May at Stanford University, CA. The event has been extended to three days and now includes an Advanced Hands-On OpenCL course on the Monday. On Tuesday we have also included a special panel session to enable developers to discuss the provisional OpenCL 2.1 and SPIR-V specifications and provide their feedback to members of Khronos. Full details of the line-up of OpenCL speakers and sessions are online.

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GDC Presentation by Valve: Vulkan - The Future of High Performance Graphics

GDC Vault now has the full "Vulkan: The Future of High Performance Graphics" presentation from Valve. There are also the Khronos Group presentations on Vulkan , OpenCL 2.1, SPIR-V and the WebGL Meetup on Youtube.

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Xiaomi Mi Pad Flipkart debuts with OpenGL 4.4, OpenGL ES 3.1 and tessellation

Xiaomi introduced its flagship tablet Mi Pad last week. Xiaomi Mi Pad houses the new generation Nvidia Tegra K1 processor. Inside, it packs ARM Cortex A15 quad-core chipset which can clock 2.2GHz CPU cycles and is backed by GeForce Kepler (192 cores) graphics engine. It is 1.5 times more energy efficient than other mobile GPUs and supports OpenGL 4.4, OpenGL ES 3.1 and tessellation, says the company. Mi Pad runs on the tweaked Android OS (4.4.4 KitKat) with MIUI v6.0. Unlike other UIs we see in Samsung, HTC, Sony and LG devices, Xiaomi's MIUI has a feature-rich interface and is refreshing. It is more like a hybrid between Android and iOS, yet simple and visually appealing.

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