Altera has published a new whitepaper written by Acceleware, which compares OpenCL programing on GPUs and Altera FPGAs. The paper provides a brief overview of the OpenCL programming model and then focuses on how OpenCL kernels are executed on Altera FPGAs compared to GPUs. The key differences in optimization techniques for targeting FPGAs is also presented.
Google's new Android Extension Pack and OpenGL ES 3.1 are supported in the upcoming Android L release. The Android Extension Pack is a set of extensions to OpenGL ES which provides features like tessellation to improve the detail of geometry rendered onscreen, and geometry shaders which can also be used to add detail to what is rendered onscreen as well as to add shadows to a scene. The Android Extension Pack also includes support for compute shaders, and Adaptive Scalable Texture Compression (ASTC).
Xilinx, Inc recently released the Vivado Design Suite 2014.1, the industry's only SoC-strength development environment. This release extends the automation of the UltraFast design methodology and delivers an average of 25 percent faster runtimes and 5 percent improvement in performance across all devices. Also new to 2014.1 is hardware acceleration of OpenCL kernels, within Vivado High-Level Synthesis (HLS).
Help Khronos get a more interesting WebGL widget on Khronos.org and maybe even win a prize by entering the WebGL Widget Contest. We will choose the coolest widget that best shows off WebGL technology. Then we’ll post the winning entry on the Khronos website with a link back to the winner’s website, and the winner will receive a Mali-based device from ARM. The winner will be announced at our WebGL BOF at SIGGRAPH.
Adobe has launched Photoshop CC 2014, a new full-point update that extends the software’s GPU-accelerated Mercury Graphics Engine, and expands its blur effects and Smart Objects functionality. All three new tools are powered by the GPU-accelerated Mercury Graphics Engine, expanded in the update to improve performance on other image-editing tasks: Adobe promises image upsampling is “up to 15 times faster”.
CL3VER Viewer 2.1 improves 3D visualization of CL3VER presentations in most browsers--with IE in Windows XP being shown as the odd man out. CL3VER works with both Flash and WebGL. When you try to access a CL3VER 3D scene from your browser, it recognize the browser version and provides a Flash or WebGL scene automatically.
Blue Marble Geographics announced the release of the Global Mapper Software Development Kit (SDK) version 15.2. This interim release features a significant improvement in the organization and quantity of online data, new functionality for transforming LiDAR point clouds, and support for several new 3D model file types, including COLLADA .dae format.
The new version of Internet Explorer IE11 improves WebGL performance and adds support for instancing extension, 16-bit textures, GLSL builtin variables, and triangle fans. Microsoft notes its Khronos WebGL Conformance Test score has improved from 93 percent to 97 percent.
The Khronos Toronto Chapter will be holding their next meetup on Thursday July 10 on Yonge street in Toronto at the Uken Games Office. From the meetup page "Those who've tried out the iOS8 update were met with something truly remarkable: WebGL is enabled by default in Mobile Safari. With Apple finally on board, we now have support from ALL major desktop and mobile browsers." Spacing is limited, so if you are interested in attending, please signup soon!