OpenCL related stories

Khronos Group heads to Taipei first week of June

Following the meetings in Taipei and Hsinchu in February2012, the Khronos Group will once again return to Taiwan in early June. Visiting the National Taiwan University and National Tsing Hua University, Khronos will hold a series of public educational activities and business meetings. In order to further communication and interaction with local Taiwanese businesses, the meetings will be open to the public. The Khronos Group will have a lot of exciting information to discuss and is looking forward to the enthusiastic participation of the Pan-Pacific region.

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AFDS 2012 - MulticoreWare has major presence with twelve sessions on OpenCL and HSA

MulticoreWare has a major presence at AMD Fusion Developer Summit 2012 (AFDS) being held June 11-14 in Bellevue Washington. With twelve presentations and numberous demos at the Experience Zone MulticoreWare is also an AFDS sponsor and Khronos Group member.

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CARP project targets its output to OpenCL

December 2011 saw the kick-off of an ambitious research project called “CARP: Correct and Efficient Accelerator Programming”, which aims to boost the programmability of accelerator hardware, such as graphics processing units (GPUs), by innovating in programming language design and implementation, as well as formal verification techniques. Funded by the European Commission’s Seventh Framework Programme (FP7), the consortium, which consists of eight partners--including Khronos members ARM, Imperial College London and Rightware--seeks to provide a unified flow for developing correct and efficient accelerator software, thus increasing reliability and energy efficiency of computing systems.

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OpenCL 1.2 supported in AMD OpenCL APP SDK 2.7 and Catalyst 12.4 drivers

The AMD OpenCL APP SDK v2.7 now supports OpenCL 1.2 and improved C++ support for both host side and kernel side coding.

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Vivante leads mobile GPGPU revolution as first GPU IP supplier to pass OpenCL 1.1 conformance test

Vivante Corporation today announced Vivante GC Cores passed the Khronos Group OpenCL 1.1 Embedded Profile (EP) conformance test suite on Freescale's i.MX 6 platform. The GC Cores use the latest programmable ScalarMorphic architecture to accelerate parallel data workloads on thousands of concurrent threads to achieve Gigaflops (GFLOPS) of computational performance. Applications taking advantage of Vivante cores to significantly speed-up processing includes image processing, computer vision, analytics, augmented reality and gesture-motion tracking.

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Imagination makes the case for mobile OpenCL

Imagination was showing off GPU compute on a cell phone chip at GDC, physics in your pocket. That demo was pretty simple, take a Pandaboard with a TI OMAP 4430, a dual-core ARM A9 CPU and an Imagination SGX540 GPU, and run a cloth simulation on it. Not only could the OpenCL version exploit the GPU to do more balls and sheets than the CPU version, but it saved power while doing so. How much? On one CPU, the simulation took about .68A@5V to run at 14FPS with 100% CPU load. With two A9 cores loaded, the Pandaboard pulled .84A and ran at 24FPS. In OpenCL, CPU load dropped to less than 30%, FPS jumped to 42, and power draw went down to .60A. More than 10% less energy used, 3x the frame rate, and you could run more simulations on the same box if you wanted. Not bad at all.

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Video: Intel SDK for OpenCL Applications 2012 demo show 64 video simultaneous decodings and FX

Marketing Manager for Intel HD Graphics demos several examples of how the Intel SDK for OpenCL Applications 2012 supports 3rd generation Intel Core processors on both Intel Processors and HD graphics 4000/2500 for accelerated video processing.

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Using OpenCL: Programming Massively Parallel Computers

This book contains the most important and essential information required for designing correct and efficient OpenCL programs. Some details have been omitted but can be found in the provided references. The authors assume that readers are familiar with basic concepts of parallel computation, have some programming experience with C or C++ and have a fundamental understanding of computer architecture. In the book, all terms, definitions and function signatures have been copied from official API documents available on the page of the OpenCL standards creators.

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Fixstars updates “The OpenCL Programming” book for OpenCL 1.2

The book starts with the basics of parallelization, covers the main concepts, grammar, and setting up a development environment for OpenCL, concluding with source-code walkthroughs of the FFT and Mersenne Twister algorithms written in OpenCL. The revised edition includes a summary of changes made in OpenCL Specification 1.2, reference functions corresponding to 1.2, and updated excursion environments. It is highly recommended for those wishing to get started on programming in OpenCL.

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Daily.js Node round up:  node-webcl, node-webgl and node-glfw

Mikael Bourges-Sevenier has sent in three WebGL and WebCL modules that he’s written for Node. node-webcl from Motorola Mobility is an implementation of the Khronos WebCL working draft using Node. node-webgl is an implementation of the Khronos WebGL specification. node-glfw is a JavaScript wrapper around GLFW. This provides implementations, where possible, of WebGL methods on top of desktop OpenGL as well as a browser compliant event model.

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