OpenCL is an industry standard programming model available on a wide range of platforms from multiple vendors. It is an established technology that has been in use commercially for several years. It is not used in the academic community, however, anywhere near as much as it could be. To help correct this shortcoming, the creators of OpenCL (the Khronos Open Standards group) is launching a program to fund a number of course development projects. We do not anticipate that the level of funding associated with this program will cover the full cost of course development. Rather, our funds will augment OpenCL courseware projects in place or in the planning stages. If this type of course development sounds interesting to you, read the entire call for proposals.
PGCL is an OpenCL framework for compiling and running OpenCL 1.1 embedded profile applications on the ST-Ericsson NovaThor U8500 and follow-on platforms using a single ARM core as the OpenCL host and multiple ARM cores as an OpenCL computing device.
Alan Ward from Texas Instruments will be speaking about OpenCL at the upcoming Multicore developers conference May 21-22 in California. Alan Ward is a Distinguished Member of the Technical Staff with Texas Instruments and is currently leading an effort to bring the OpenCL parallel programming paradigm to the embedded world.
AMD and Adobe announced expanded OpenCL support for Adobe Premiere Pro CC at the National Association of Broadcasters Show 2013, including multi-stream and mixed format accelerated workflows with real-time effects, color grading and finishing with hardware-accelerated rendering to the chosen final destination format.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.