It's been a very busy few weeks for the Khronos Group chapters. We've added three new chapters: Paris France, Washington DC and Wroclaw Poland. There is a good selection of upcoming meetups as well:
- Computer Graphics on the Web: Dec 8, 2015 - Melbourne, Australia
- First Khronos Wroclaw meetup + VR: Dec 9, 2015 - Wroclaw, Poland
- Image Processing with WebGL: Dec 10, 2015 - London, Britain
- WebGL Developers Meetup: Dec 17, 2015 - Milano, Italy
- OpenGL for beginners part 1: Jan 06th, 2016 - Naritaweg, Amsterdam
Errata: We originally said Seattle Washington... our mistake, our latest chapter is in Washington DC.
For developers new to graphics optimization this new series of blog posts from ARM is all about giving content developers the essential knowledge they need to successfully optimize for Mali GPUs. Over the course of the series, Peter Harris explores the fundamental macro-scale architectural structures and behaviors developers have to worry about, how this translates into possible problems which can be triggered by content, and finally how to spot them in Streamline.
Qualcomm officially unveiled its latest mobile chip, the Snapdragon 820. According to Engadget the new Snapdragon is equipped with an Adreno 530 GPU which is around 40 percent faster than the 810's graphics. The Snapdragon 820 supports both OpenGL ES up to 3.1 and OpenCL 2.0.
Jetson TX1 is the first embedded computer designed to process deep neural networks. With 1 teraflops of performance, Jetson delivers exceptional performance for machine learning, computer vision, GPU computing and graphics, while drawing very little power. Jetson TX1 includes a comprehensive SDK for embedded visual computing, including VisionWorks, an implementation of the OpenVX 1.0.1 specification with additional NVIDIA extensions as well as support for the latest graphics drivers and APIs, including OpenGL 4.5, OpenGL ES 3.1 and Vulkan.
Imagination Technologies webinar series part II on Vulkan is now online. Vulkan is designed from the ground up with the idea of not being bottlenecked by the CPU, and provides huge efficiency gains over previous generation graphics APIs in this area. This webinar provides an overview of what mechanisms in Vulkan enable this, what this means in practice, and why it is so important for embedded and mobile devices. The episode was presented by Tobias Hector, Software Design Engineer for Vulkan and OpenGL ES, Imagination Technologies. Be sure to add November 19th to your calendar as the webinar series continues with 'Scaling to multiple threads'.
The Brenwill Workshop Ltd. announced that they have added support for OS X to their MetalGL product, which seamlessly brings the performance of Metal to OpenGL ES games and applications on iOS, and now OS X. MetalGL is an implementation of the OpenGL ES 2.0 API that runs on Apple's Metal graphics framework on compatible iOS and OS X devices. MetalGL unleashes the power of Metal's low-latency rendering to let OpenGL ES games and applications perform up to 3x the number of draw calls, and benefit from the advanced tools available for the Metal development ecosystem, all without changing the way the game or app use OpenGL ES.
ARM announced a new GPU from the same family as Mali-400 that uses only half as much power. The new GPU, the Mali-470, is targeted at next-generation wearables and IoT devices that need low-cost and low-power chips. The new Mali-470 comes with support for the ubiquitous OpenGL ES 2.0 graphics API. According to ARM, it brings a strong balance between pixel control and energy efficiency, which makes it well-suited for user interfaces. Users aren't likely to play 3D games on their smartwatches any time soon, so OpenGL ES 3.0 and beyond shouldn't be necessary. (By the time it is, the more efficient Vulkan should be the de facto graphics API.)
The open source C++ creative coding toolkit Cinder has recently released version 0.9. This release adds support for OpenGL ES 2 and ES 3, in addition to the latest desktop versions of OpenGL. Cinder supports targeting Windows, OS X, iOS and WinRT, with Linux and Android support under active development. In addition, this release adds support for Google's ANGLE project, allowing deployment of OpenGL ES 3 applications on Windows and WinRT through a DirectX emulation layer. Cinder is released under the BSD License and is used by professionals in the creative and technology industries for everything from interactive installations to user interface prototyping to live concert visuals.
The Brenwill Workshop Ltd. announced that they have added support for OS X to their MetalGL product, an implementation of OpenGL ES that runs on Apple's Metal graphics framework. With a fast implementation of OpenGL ES on OS X, developers will find it easier to migrate OpenGL ES games and apps from iOS to OS X, and web browsers can leverage MetalGL to improve the performance of WebGL on OS X.
Khronos is proud to announce four upcoming Chapter meetups! Since SIGGRAPH 2015 the Khronos Group Chapters have grown considerably. Upcoming in September alone there will be a meetup in Hobart Australia (Sept 22), New York (Sept 22), Milano (Sept 30) and finally Austin Texas (Nov 23). Is there no Chapter in your area? Let us know if you are interested in starting one.