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AMD recently released Catalyst™ 11.3. The AMD Accelerated Parallel Processing (APP) OpenCL runtime is now enabled by default within AMD Catalyst. Applications that leverage OpenCL for GPU based compute tasks will automatically benefit from the significant performance boost that this provides.
IBM released the OpenCL Development Kit for Linux on Power v0.3 and is available via alphaWorks. This updated offering is a fully conformant implementation of the OpenCL 1.1 specification. Other features of this release include a fully conformant implementation of the double precision extension, 32- and 64-bit atomic extensions, 64-bit application support, debugging improvements, as well as various performance improvements including full IBM POWER7* exploitation.
CMSoft brings to developers the new GLRender tool in OpenCLTemplate that automates the creation of an OpenGL scene coupled with a derived OpenCL context.
Students learn with interactive and hands-on sessions about GPU hardware, GPU languages, discovering how best to take advantage of GPUs for their computational needs. The course covers programming in both OpenCL and CUDA, pointing out the similarities and differences along the way. Topics include both the core languages and extensions including those for double precision and interfacing with OpenGL 3D graphics buffers.
OpenCL Studio combines OpenCL and OpenGL into a single integrated development environment for high performance computing. The feature rich editor, interactive scripting language and extensible plug-in architecture support the rapid development of complex parallel algorithms and accompanying visualization. The first production version of OpenCL Studio including instructional videos and demo applications are available online.
Khronos has posted slide presentations from GDC 2011 online. Included in the DevU presentations are COLLADA, Mobile, OpenCL, OpenVG and WebGL.
ConceivablyTech posted a good review of the WebGL 1.0 Spec release news and followed it up with their own speculation on WebCL. "Enabled in a browser, WebCL could open an entirely new world for cloud applications at much higher performance levels. Khronos mentioned image and video processing as well as advanced physics for web games that could come alive through WebCL."
Khronos has announced a quick reference card for WebGL 1.0 release spec. This adds to the collection of Reference Cards already available for other Khronos APIs: OpenGL, OpenCL, OpenVG, OpenMAX, OpenSL ES, COLLADA and OpenWF
AMD announced at GDC 2011 a technology demonstration of a Bullet Physics plug-in for Autodesk® Maya® 2011 software. The new plug-in is based on OpenCL industry standards and the open-source Bullet Physics Engine. AMD's Bullet Physics plug-in for Autodesk Maya 2011 is designed to enable game developers and 3D artists to access Maya's creative workflow capabilities to create interactive cloth simulations on a greater range of workstations and PCs, including those based on ATI FirePro professional graphics cards and AMD CPUs, and to remove technology limitations that can restrict developers' ability to create stunning games and computer-generated (CG) graphics.