The Fields Institute will host a three day workshop on parallel computing led by expert in the field AJ Guillon. The workshop will provide trainees with a mixture of theory and hands-on experience. Trainees will learn parallel programming with OpenCL, and so will be able to apply their knowledge to CPUs, GPUs, FPGAs, and other accelerators such as the Intel Xeon Phi. AJ Guillon is a Khronos member and contributed to OpenCL 2.1 and the OpenCL C++ kernel language as well as being the Khronos Toronto Chapter leader.
Ittiam Systems, a provider of solutions to the Consumer, Mobile and Online Video Industry, announces OpenCL-based VP9 Video Encoding on processors designed for Smartphones and Tablets.
MediaTek aims for 5G by 2020 with inexpensive 5G chip sets running OpenCL on temperature-throttled heterogeneous dark-silicon multi-core CPU/GPUs and specialized accelerators. The Taiwan Ministry of Science and Technology and MediaTek Inc. have created an "executive institute" to get ahead at 5G. Called the MediaTek-NTU Research Center, directed by Liang-Gee Chen, an IEEE Fellow and executive vice president of academics and research at National Taiwan University (NTU).
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.
Srikanth Sridharan, Marie Curie Fellow at CERN and his team are looking at how to use OpenCL for FPGAs in a way that goes beyond acceleration. As well, they are trying to leverage OpenCL to demonstrate its adoptability for the larger sets of domain scientists who have little time to dig into the complexities of hardware description languages and techniques.
Avtech Scientific has joined OpenHPC, a collaborative effort to provide a new, open source stack supporting the world’s most sophisticated high-performance computing (HPC) environments. It will integrate its open source OpenCL-based multiphysics toolkit - [Advanced Simulation Library](http://asl.org.il) into the framework.
AMD has announce it will start rolling out in January an open source set of tools called GPUOpen. The "All Open" stack will contain open source modules for two parallel stacks, each containing modules for OpenGL graphics, motion video codecs, and OpenCL GPU computation. The "Professional/Gamer" stack will include the open source motion-video module and a closed source OpenGL module. Its final OpenCL module will support both OpenCL and Vulkan. Linux will gain access to a full open source, high-performance driver stack, with the only constraint being that developers must use Vulkan instead of the older OpenGL.
Neil Trevett, President of the Khronos Group recently spoke at the 2015 Q4 Q4 2015 Embedded Vision Alliance Member Meeting on December 9, 2015 in San Jose. This is the slide presentation from that talk.
Most flows use EGL to facilitate the sharing of objects between multiple client APIs, requiring the Khronos extension CL_KHR_EGL_IMAGE. The examples in this PowerVR Imaging Framework installment from Imagination Technologies show the different zero-copy flows supported.
The International Workshop on OpenCL (IWOCL) has posted their December 7th 2015 news roundup. Be sure to take a look at this extensive list, and update IWOCL if anything is missing.