The Khronos Group, an open consortium of leading hardware and software companies, announces the immediate availability of the OpenCL™ 2.2, SYCL™ 2.2 and SPIR-V™ 1.1 provisional specifications. OpenCL 2.2 incorporates the OpenCL C++ kernel language for significantly enhanced parallel programming productivity. SYCL 2.2 enables host and device code to be contained in a single source file, while leveraging the full power of OpenCL C++. SPIR-V 1.1 extends the intermediate representation defined by Khronos with native support for shader and compute kernel features to fully support the OpenCL C++ kernel language. These new specifications can be found at www.khronos.org and are released in provisional form to enable developers and implementers to provide feedback before finalization, including at the Khronos forums.
Khronos Group members Xilinx and IBM announced they will be enabling FPGA-based acceleration within the SuperVessel OpenPOWER development cloud. Development of performance demanding applications including big data analytics and machine learning is enabled by the Xilinx SDAccel Development Environment, hosted in SuperVessel. SDAccel allows application developers to describe their algorithms in OpenCL, C, and C++ and compile directly to Xilinx FPGA-based acceleration boards. The hosted environment will make FPGA-based application development faster and more accessible to a broad global community of developers.
Khronos Group member StreamComputing is offering an "OpenCL Crash Course." Find out if OpenCL is the right choice for your project in this one day OpenCL course. This course will enable you to quickly assess the technology without a big investment.
The full program of OpenCL tutorials, workshops, talks and panel discussions is now available online. Early bird registration ends 20th March.
The OpenCL Headers have been moved from the Khronos Registry into Github.
The organisers of IWOCL 2016 (“eye-wok-ul”), the International Workshop on OpenCL announced that registration is now open for the “Advanced Hands-On OpenCL Tutorial”. The tutorial focuses on advanced OpenCL concepts and is an extension of the highly successful ‘Hands on OpenCL’ course which has received over 6,500 downloads from GitHub. Simon McIntosh-Smith, Associate Professor in High Performance Computing at the University of Bristol and one of the tutorial authors will lead the sessions. The full-day Advanced Hands-On OpenCL tutorial takes place on Tuesday 19th April at the C3 Conference Center in Vienna, Austria. The tutorial can also be combined with attendance at the full IWOCL event.
Developers may now view the documentation for the Khronos OpenCL C++ bindings (cl2.hpp) on Github.
The deadline for IWOCL 2016 submissions has been extended to Friday 12th February, giving everyone a couple of extra weeks to pull their abstracts together. There will be no further extensions.
ntel developers have been working on adding OpenCL support to the Quick Color Management System (QCMS) as used by the Chrome and Firefox web-browsers for color management for JPEG/PNG/WebP images containing an embedded ICC profile.
Khronos member StreamComputing launched an educational initiative that aims to get more developers to study and use OpenCL in their projects. Within this project, up to 20 collaborators will port as many GEGL operations to OpenCL as possible. Vincent Hindriksen and Adel Johar who organized this project looked for a way for the group to educate themselves. One of the ways was to gamify the porting by benchmarking the kernels and defining winners, and another was to optimize kernels within StreamComputing to push the limits. Victor Oliveira, who wrote most of the OpenCL code in GEGL, joined the GEGL-OpenCL project to advise.