Ars Technica has a three part series exploring major trends that will influence the mobile system-on-a-chip (SoC ) market over the next five to ten years. Including CPU to SoC and covering most of the large players in the field, this is a great read to get your Friday off to a good start.
The PowerVR G6100 is the latest addition to the highly efficient Series6 family of graphics IP cores, making it the smallest member of the "Rogue" area-optimized GPUs to date. A single core, single cluster GPU, it will enable mass-market adoption of OpenGL ES 3.0 on a wide range of computing platforms. Products supporting the latest APIs from Khronos will become a significant and growing part of a billion unit market by 2014. PowerVR Series6 is one of the first GPU architectures to achieve full conformance for OpenGL ES 3.0. Launched at MWC in Barcelona, the PowerVR G6100 is the smallest and most efficient GPU available on the market that can handle both graphics APIs like OpenGL ES 3.0 and DirectX9 Level 3 as well as GPU compute applications accelerated through OpenCL, Renderscript Compute or Filterscript.
All topics related to OpenCL are of interest, including OpenCL applications from any domain (e.g., scientific computing, video games, computer graphics, multimedia, information retrieval, optimization, text processing, data mining, finance, signal and image processing and numerical solvers), OpenCL performance analysis and modeling, OpenCL performance and correctness tools and proposed OpenCL extensions.
Mobica has joined the Khronos Group. Mobica is a British company focused on providing solutions to consumer electronics, automotive and industrial markets, with R&D centres in the UK, Poland and California. "We’re delighted to join the Khronos family and look forward to sharing our extensive experience in low-level graphics software" said Jim Carroll, CTO of Mobica. "We’re pleased to welcome Mobica to the Khronos Group and the benefits their multimedia and graphics expertise will bring to the Khronos community" said Neil Trevett, president of the Khronos Group.
The Mali OpenCL SDK provides developers a framework and series of samples for developing OpenCL 1.1 application on ARM Mali bases platforms such as the Mali-T600 family of GPUs. The many samples cover a wide range of uses cases that utilize the Mali GPU to achieve a significant improvement in performance when compared to running on the CPU alone.
Amdahl Software has announced the production release of OpenCL CodeBench. OpenCL CodeBench is an OpenCL Code Creation tool. It simplifies parallel software development, enabling developers to rapidly generate and optimize OpenCL applications.
If you are looking for testing material for OpenCL, drawElements Quality Program has support for OpenCL 1.x. drawElements Quality Program (dEQP) is a powerful toolkit for benchmarking the accuracy, precision, feature conformance and stability of OpenGL ES and OpenCL GPUs. dEQP enables detailed quality comparisons between different vendors and GPU architectures, as well as providing high-quality tools for analyzing and debugging any issues uncovered by the tests.
The NBody sample by Intel features a load balancing approach to compute an NBody simulation across both the CPU and Intel HD Graphics. This sample illustrates how to maximize the efficiency of the processor by being able to use both the CPU and Intel HD Graphics simultaneously on a platform. The end result is not only being the sum of the performance on both devices, but also largely improving application power performance on platforms such as Ultrabook. Source code is available and is accompanied with graphics visualization of the job distribution between the devices. Get the sample here.