Portable Computing Language (pocl) 1.0 has been released. One of the bigger highlights of this release is that most of the OpenCL 1.2 standard conformance tests pass with the CPU backend. There are some caveats though to this listed in the documentation. Pocl is a portable open source (MIT-licensed) implementation of the OpenCL standard (1.2 with some 2.0 features supported).
Neil Trevett, Khronos Group President and Radhakrishna Giduthuri, Software Architecture and Compute Performance Acceleration at AMD, spoke at two Khronos related events this past week. Neils presented was an update on the Khronos Standards for Vision and Machine Learning which covered Khronos Standards OpenVX, NNEF, OpenCL, SYCL and Vulkan. Radhakrishna presented Standards for Neural Networks Acceleration and Deployment covered Khronos Standards OpenVX and NNEF. The slides from both presentations are now online.
The first two Khronos meet-ups coming up will both be in London. First up is the Khronos UK Game Dev Social on December 7th: "Meet developers working on Vulkan within Arm, Google, Imagination, Samsung and many more! Share your experiences with others in the graphics & game tech industries." The second is a Khronos London Chapter meet-up on December 12th: Come and hear speakers from Away3D, Arm, KDB, Unity and Intel talking about Vulkan, SPIR-V, OpenCL and of course WebGL. Back in the US on December 13th is the Khronos Boston Chapter meet-up covering the latet on Khronos APIs. Finally over in Sydney Australia will be the Khronos Sydney Chapter meet-up "Graphics XMAS Meeting in Pub (Art + Science + Design + Engineering)." All events require registration.
Supercomputing is underway in Denver, Colorado! The 30th annual conference is this week from November 13 through 16, and explores high-performance computing, networking, storage, and analysis. Khronos will be at the show (Booth #394) to demonstrate how Khronos standards, especially SYCL, are playing their parts in HPC today. In addition to in-booth demos and presentations from Khronos members Codeplay and Xilinx, Khronos is giving away HPC t-shirts as well as SYCL and OpenCL stickers and reference guides at the booth.
Intel has announced the availability of a new Graphics driver, namely version 220.127.116.1149, which adds support for Microsoft Windows 10 Fall Creators update features. This update also resolves the intermittent crashes/hangs encountered in DOTA 2 (Vulkan version), enhances memory usage in OpenCL applications.
Be sure to join AJ Guillon, Yetiware and Yassine Hariri, PhD, CMC Microsystems tomorrow November 8th for the webinar 'Introducing HCMP'. As heterogeneity increases, the gap between the application layer and the hardware layer increased as well. To reduce this gap, we introduce a heterogeneous computing middleware platform (HCMP), which provides middleware that significantly reduces the complexity of developing industrial-strength heterogeneous computing software. Complex tasks such as multi-device memory management, device I/O, kernel scheduling, and dependency management are handled by the platform so that users can focus on writing their applications instead of adhering to complicated specifications.
Join CMC Microsystems and AJ Guillon, chair of the Khronos OpenCL Safety Critical (SC) TSG and founder of YetiWare, on November 8th. This webinar will discuss how to reduce the gap between the application layer and the hardware layer by introducing a heterogeneous computing middleware platform (HCMP), which provides middleware that significantly reduces the complexity of developing industrial-strength heterogeneous computing software using an OpenCL programming model.
Last year, Intel acquired FPGA-focused Khronos member Altera. Intel has now announced a new line of hybrid chips that combine FPGAs with their well-known CPUs. One of the more interesting aspects of the new Intel FPGA ecosystem is the Acceleration Stack, an OpenCL based programming environment that can be used by developers for hybrid cards or discrete cards, including FPGAs, CPUs, and GPUs. The stack abstracts the programming required for the FPGAs to streamline and speed up development for accelerators and applications being used. Additionally, it allows for code to be reusable — porting between FPGAs/GPU/CPU should be possible without major changes. OpenCL, a C based programming language, will. This is quite the opposite of what had been available when Intel released the E600C seven years ago.