OpenCL related stories

LuxRender 0.8 OpenCL based unbiased renderer released

LuxRender is a physically based and unbiased rendering engine using OpenCL. Based on state of the art algorithms, LuxRender simulates the flow of light according to physical equations, producing realistic images of photographic quality. OpenCL allows the Luxrender developer team to support a wide range of platforms and OS.

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Anjuta Project Wizards for AMD, NVidia and Intel OpenCL SDK

Aiming at increasing the OpenCL developing, I created some wizards to start up an OpenCL application project using the SDK from NVidia, AMD or Intel. I've used Anjuta DevStudio on Linux. There is a lack of OpenSource IDE and tools to develop GPU applications, these wizards help us to create OpenCL applications based on templates and, thus, to decrease the learning curve.

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SmallLuxGPU 2.0 written in OpenCL video release

A new video about SmallLuxGPU 2.0 and Blender Exporter LiveMod. SmallLuxGPU is a LuxRays demo and a LuxRender 'proof of concept'. SmallLuxGPU is released under GPL license. SmallLuxGPU 2.0 renderer is 100% written in OpenCL and includes the support for:

  • Multi-OS (i.e. Win, Linux, MacOS, etc.);
  • OpenCL multi-platforms (i.e. Intel + NVIDIA, etc.);
  • OpenCL multi-devices (i.e. CPUs+GPUs, etc.);
  • Metropolis Light Transport;
  • Path tracing with next event MiS (i.e. multiple importance sampling);
  • Blender integration with LiveMode: interactive materials/lights/objects editing.

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AMD acquires Graphic Remedy to extend its technology portfolio and opens a new office in Israel

AMD announced the opening of a new research and development (R&D) center in Israel, located in the Tel-Aviv area. A world class team of highly talented software engineers is working on the latest heterogeneous computing technologies for the next generation of parallel computing platforms. This announcement follows AMD's recent acquisition of Graphic Remedy, a renowned Israeli startup company specializing in development tools for heterogeneous computing and 3D graphics.

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StreamComputing offers OpenCL courses in the Netherlands

StreamComputing is offering an OpenCL course in Utrecht or Amsterdam depending on demand. We have been working on a book “Accelerated start with OpenCL” which will be handed out and is used as a base for the whole day. You will learn about the basics of OpenCL, recognize which code can best be translated into OpenCL-code, learn how to think in parallel – which is different than thinking in threads, get an overview of different GPGPU programming languages, and see the advantages of all, and learn how to code platform-independent GPU-accelerated code. On request, we’ll practise on NVIDIA, AMD (Fusion&GPU), IBM POWER, Sony PS3 and/or the ARM-platforms.

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AMD and Acceleware to collaborate on OpenCL education

AMD announced a collaboration with Acceleware to deliver professional training programs to help developers learn how to create applications that comply with OpenCL standards. From the Acceleware website "Acceleware offers advanced OpenCL training courses. Clients can access our top rated training on techniques for parallel programming in OpenCL specifically tailored for AMD GPUs and APUs. The courses are taught by experienced OpenCL programmers who have real world experience developing commercial applications using OpenCL."

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ZiiLABS announce ZMS-20 & ZMS-40 Energy-Efficient Processors

Engineered for the high-resolution tablet computing markets, the ZMS-20 delivers stunning 1080p high profile video playback, immersive OpenGL ES 2.0 3D graphics, HD video calling and a rich desktop browsing experience. ZMS-20 combines ZiiLABS’ 48 Stemcell media processing cores with dual 1.5GHz ARM Cortex-A9 MPCore processors plus a host of new features such as DDR3 and LPDDR2 support, HDMI 1.4 and OpenCL. Product is based on a published Khronos Specification, and is expected to pass the Khronos Conformance Testing Process. Current conformance status can be found at www.khronos.org/conformance.

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AMD and Mentor go home winners from ESC 2011

AMD and Mentor Graphics Corp. were named by winners consulting firm VDC Research Group Inc. of the firm's "Embeddy" awards for best in show at the 2011 Embedded Systems Conference. AMD took home the hardware Embeddy for its embedded G-Series application processor unit (APU) product. AMD's Radeon E6760 is the first graphics chip for embedded systems to support Microsoft's DirectX 11, the OpenCL standard and up to six simultaneous displays, according to AMD. Mentor Graphics was awarded a software Embeddy for its Embedded Sourcery System Analyzer technology.

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RenderStream 21.6 Teraflop Servers and Workstations for OpenCL

RenderStream announced its AMD Radeon based 21.6 teraflop servers and workstations for OpenCL / OpenGL / Brooks based applications and product development. The workstations offer 1,536 stream processors and eight GPUs per system, which provide access to 12,288 cores and 21.6 TFLOPS of aggregate compute power. As an example from information security, the HD 6970 and HD 6990 based VDACTr8 evaluated over 45 billion solutions per second versus 18 billion for the GTX 580 based systems, depending on the implementation.

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Intel released conformant OpenCL™ SDK 1.1, Linux support now available

Intel announced Intel® OpenCL SDK version 1.1 beta conformant with OpenCL™ 1.1 specification. New version includes an alpha preview of SDK implementation for Linux* operating systems. Intel also introduces the new Intel® OpenCL SDK community where OpenCL developers are encouraged to explore and to share advantages of OpenCL workloads found on Intel® Core™ and Intel® Xeon® processors.

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