The Khronos SPIR-V working group is soliciting quotes for developing SPIR-V tools and tests to support OpenCL and Vulkan. SPIR-V is the industry's first open, cross-platform intermediate representation for portable heterogeneous parallel computing with native support for graphics and compute constructs. Any company, whether a Khronos member or not, is cordially invited to contact Khronos and provide a quote. Interested parties can access the details of the request on the Khronos website.
This blog post is first in the series of “how-to” articles on developing and porting applications using SYCL for OpenCL.
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!