Tom's Hardware has a nice review on mobile GPUs getting ready for 'Daydream' VR. Among the technologies being used are Khronos' ASTC specification and OpenGL ES. The Adaptive Scalable Texture Compression (ASTC) technology supported by ARM’s latest Mali and other recent GPUs on the market will reduce bandwidth requirements while still delivering decent graphics quality. On the software side, ARM has been optimizing its drivers to reduce latency and ensure fast context switching that is necessary for VR. ARM also enabled a few more OpenGL ES extensions to support efficient rendering to multiple views for both stereo and foveated rendering. Qualcomm's Snapdragon 820 SoC, which comes with the Adreno 530 GPU, has been optimized for VR. It has support for 3D stereoscopic and foveated rendering, the latest graphics APIs such as OpenGL ES 3.2 and Vulkan, and 360-degree 4k video decoding at 60fps.
Google has released the latest Android Studio 2.0, the official IDE for Android development. Among many of the improvements is an added a preview of the new GPU Debugger. For graphics intensive applications, you can now visually step through your OpenGL ES code to optimize your app or game.
Futuremark has released a new upgraded version of the benchmarking tool named Slingshot Extreme. The new version of the program comes packing hardware accelerated OpenGL ES 3.1 API and Metal API for Android and Apple respectively. This is a major upgradation over the last version as well as the 2013 build named Ice Storm which came with 720p tests and used OpenGL ES 2.0 as well as the last release that tested 1920x1080p and used OpenGL ES 3.0.
Learn the key OpenGL ES 3.x API features and extensions, as well as best practises on how to optimize your OpenGL ES 3.x application for the ARM Mali architecture.
Shaderific version 4.0 is now available. Shaderific is an educational app for iPad, iPhone and iPod touch that makes it possible to write, compile and test OpenGL ES 2.0 and OpenGL ES 3.0 shader programs directly on any iOS device. Version 4.0 adds support for iPad Pro taking full advantage of the bigger screen as well as support for Multitasking with Slide Over and Split View. To complement the existing anaglyph 3D rendering capabilities a new 3D mode has been added for left-right stereo image rendering. Furthermore, rendering on an external display connected via Lightning Digital AV Adapter is now supported in addition to the default screen mirroring.
Fast UI Draw, source code available on github, has now been open sourced. Fast UI Draw is a high performance Canvas renderer that is tuned for Intel GPU's (but can work for other GPU's) that under significant load is much faster than many other Canvas renderers. Fast UI Draw when running has very few GPU states, very few draw calls even under very complicated scenes. In addition, Fast UI Draw has a unique methodology to handle clipping that allows for applications to have rotations, projection, and clipping without incurring significant CPU load from setting, saving or restoring clipping. Fast UI Draw is available under the MPLv2 and a very alive project undergoing active development.
The newly-opened Mesa 11.3-devel code-base already has support for another OpenGL ES 3.2 extension. The GL_OES_shader_image_atomic is now supported by mainline Mesa with all of the drivers that support the GL_ARB_shader_image_load_store extension.
Khronos Group member Basemark announced that it has joined the Immersive Technology Alliance (ITA). ITA is a leading consortium focused on catalyzing the development and commercialization of virtual reality, augmented reality, stereoscopic 3D, and other immersive technologies. Basemark develops system performance and power consumption analysis tools that are used by leading semiconductor and OEM companies around the world.
Valve has made the SDK for its Steam Link streaming device available for download through GitHub. The Linux-based SDK allows for the creation of native Link applications, and even features OpenGL ES 2, Qt 5.4, and SDL 2 support.
Initial Series7XT Plus GPUs include the GT7200 Plus GPU with 64 ALU cores, and the GT7400 Plus GPU with 128 ALU cores. Both designs retain the full feature set of their Series7XT counterparts with OpenGL ES 3.2 and design for Vulkan support, while introducing a number of new features aimed at vision and heterogeneous computing platforms. A main features of the new GPUs is the introduction of an integer pipeline for vision-related applications and hardware support for the OpenCL 2.0 compute API.