OpenCL related stories

Intel Releases SDK with conformant OpenCL 1.2 support for Intel® Xeon Phi Coprocessors

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Intel is extending its OpenCL product line to support Intel® Xeon Phi coprocessors and Intel® Xeon® Processors. Developers of highly parallel applications including High Performance Compute (HPC), workstations, and data analytics, can now maximize data parallel application performance on Intel Xeon Phi coprocessors with OpenCL. The new production release of the Intel SDK for OpenCL Applications XE 2013 provides developers with the SDK, developers’ tools, optimization guides, sample code, and training collateral. Download free copy at: www.intel.com/software/opencl-xe

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Altera opens the world of FPGAs to programmers with SDK and off-the-shelf boards for OpenCL

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Altera Corporation announced the broad availability of its SDK for OpenCL and supported third-party production boards. Altera's SDK for OpenCL allows software programmers to take their OpenCL code and easily exploit the massively parallel architecture of an FPGA. Software programmers targeting FPGAs achieve higher performance at significantly lower power compared to alternative hardware architectures.

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Vivante OpenGL ES 3.0 production silicon successfully runs Rightware Basemark ES 3.0 Benchmark

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Vivante Corporation announced it became the first mobile GPU vendor to publicly and successfully demonstrate Basemark ES 3.0 in customer silicon. This milestone was achieved and demonstrated at this years DESIGN West, The Embedded System Conference, in San Jose. Freescale Semiconductor's i.MX6Q Application Processor with Vivante's GPU was running the Basemark ES 3.0 benchmark flawlessly.

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Comportability to hold 1st International Workshop on OpenCL

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Comportability launches as a formal organization for OpenCL users. Established as a non-profit corporation by some of OpenCL's primary advocates, Comportability is an open forum for all things related to OpenCL. Membership is free and individuals are invited to participate in discussions, upload software and take part in the annual workshop. Institutions and vendors may join as voting members, and are invited to form regional chapters, which are encouraged to host future meetings and workshops. The 1st International Workshop on OpenCL (IWOCL) will take place May 13-14, 2013 at the Technology Square Research Building (TSRB) at the Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta, Georgia. Registration for this event is open and the program is on-line.

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Why Adobe cares about OpenCL

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Eric Berdahl, Adobe Senior Engineering Manager has written an open letter to their users explaining why they use OpenCL. "Even though Adobe does not build hardware and, therefore, does not implement OpenCL, we use OpenCL and we know what features we need, from OpenCL and from OpenCL hardware, to enable us to build even more compelling and efficient applications." explains Eric.

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IBM tutorial on accelerating web applications with OpenCL

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IBM developerWorks offers a good tutorial on getting going with WebCL. Taking the user from installing WebCL to writing your first program. Lots of example code and resource links.

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Khronos Chapter Brazil announces tentative first meetup for September

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One of the newer Khronos Chapters has announced a tentative date for a meet up in September 2013. For more information, please visit the Brazil Chapter page. If you would like to start a Khronos Chapter in your corner of the world, please visit the Khronos Group Chapter pages.

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Acceleware OpenCL for Altera FPGAs

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Acceleware presents four courses with a focus on how to write and optimize OpenCL applications for Altera FPGAs. Students will be taught how to achieve high performance by taking advantage of the heterogeneous nature of OpenCL and the massively parallel capabilities of Altera FPGAs. The training is targeted at design teams who work with parallel algorithms and computationally intense applications. There are four course in all:

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LWJGL 2.9.0 released with improved OpenGL and OpenCL support.

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The Lightweight Java Game Library (LWJGL) provides a simple API to OpenGL, OpenAL, OpenCL and Game Controllers enabling the production of state of the art games for Windows, Linux and Mac. Version 2.9.0 contains a complete rewrite of the mac backend, new OpenGL/OpenCL extension and bug fixes.

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New Tutorial on Developing Error Free OpenCL Kernels

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Nathan Chong from the Department of Computing at Imperial College will present a lively and interactive tutorial at the LEAP Conference on applying formal analysis and verification techniques to OpenCL and CUDA kernels. The full LEAP conference programme has now been published online.

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