Altera has a free to download OpenCL Tutorial. The tutorial covers ways that you can use OpenCL to target an FPGA to create custom accelerated systems with an average of one fifth the power of competing accelerators; Trends that make FPGAs an important resource for accelerating software execution and How OpenCL makes accelerations accessible to software developers.
Streamcomputing is have a busy summer and fall 2015. First up, starting on September 2 there is a 3-day OpenCL 2.0 training course in Amsterdam at the Science Park Matrix. Followed by a free one-day Embedded boards comparison workshop on September 17 at the same location. And finally, Streamcomputing is sponsoring the official Scandinavian GPGPU Day in Denmark on September 29th. Links and details on these events can be found on the Khronos Group upcoming events page.
ArrayFire v3.0 has been released. This new version features major changes to ArrayFire’s visualization library, a new CPU backend, and dense linear algebra for OpenCL devices. It also includes improvements across the board for ArrayFire’s OpenCL backend. A complete list ArrayFire v3.0 updates and new features can be found in the product release notes.
Vivante Corporation announces that its GC7000-XS VX is the first vision IP solution to achieve compliance with the OpenVX™ 1.0 specification—a major achievement that comes only seven months after the introduction of OpenVX and emphasizes the cutting-edge technology available in the GC7000-XS product line with the addition of vision acceleration to a core that already has photorealistic 3D rendering capabilities.
Avtech Scientific announced the first open source release of its Advanced Simulation Library (ASL). Advanced Simulation Library is a free and open source multiphysics simulation software package. Its computational engine is based, among others, on the Lattice Boltzmann Methods and is written in OpenCL which enable efficient deployment on a variety of massively parallel architectures, ranging from inexpensive FPGAs, DSPs and GPUs up to heterogeneous clusters and supercomputers.
Xilinx, Inc announced the 2015.1 release of the SDAccel development environment for OpenCL framework, C, and C++. This new release enhances the SDAccel integrated development environment (IDE), extends OpenCL standard compliance, and features an expanded ecosystem of SDAccel development environment-certified Alliance Members providing platforms, libraries, and design services.
The Blender Foundation has released the first testbuild of Blender 2.75 and is asking everyone to help test it. Among new features are AMD OpenCL rendering and stereo/multiview support!
Toronto ACM SIGGRAPH is presenting "High Performance Computing in Computer Graphics" on May 20th 2015 at the University of Toronto. Continuing with their recent focus on the technical side of computer graphics, the Toronto ACM SIGGRAPH Chapter is delighted to invite you to their next event, focused on high-performance computing (HPC). Presenting will be AJ Guillon, German Andryeyev, and Ned Nedialkov. AJ Guillon is a Khronos member and a contributor to OpenCL 2.1 and the OpenCL C++ kernel language. He has worked extensively with OpenCL since December 2008, when the first OpenCL 1.0 specification was released. AJ will talk about some of the details of the new OpenCL 2.1 provisional specification, including the new C++ kernel language, and discuss its benefits and pitfalls.
The Mora research group at UML released SparkCL an open source unified programming framework for heterogeneous clusters based on Java, OpenCL, Aparapi and the Apache Spark framework. The motivation behind this work is to bring unconventional compute cores such as FPGAs/GPUs/APUs/DSPs and future core types into mainstream programming use. The framework allows equal treatment of different computing devices under the Spark framework and introduces the ability to offload computations to acceleration devices. There is a white paper describing this work and documentation and source repository on Gitlab.