OpenCL related stories

OpenCL optimizations make case for FPGA’s in HPC

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Recent work from Boston University has shown that with key optimizations that leverage OpenCL on Arria 10 FPGAs for 3D fast fourier transforms (FFTs), a common HPC workload, the performance can beat out FFT specific IP cores as well as GPU and CPU implementations of the same problem.

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Mac computers that use OpenCL and OpenGL graphics

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Apple has published an official list of all of their devices that use OpenGL and OpenCL, including which version is supported. The earliest machines date back to 2007. The most recent machines to support both OpenCL and OpenGL are the 2018 MacBook Pro 13 and 15 inch. Both machines support OpenGL 4.1 and OpenCL 1.2.

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Khronos Releases Conformance Test Suite for SYCL 1.2.1

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The Khronos Group announces the availability of the SYCL Adopters Program for the C++-based programming framework for parallel programming. Under the Adopters Program, implementers of SYCL 1.2.1 can access an extensive conformance test suite, and then upload their test results to Khronos for review and the opportunity to become officially conformant. Together with the SYCL Adopters Program, Khronos also announces the release of a maintenance update for SYCL 1.2.1, delivering specification clarifications that enable enhanced run-time optimizations.

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Linaro Connect Hong Kong 2018 session ‘OpenCL support by NNVM & TVM’

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The OpenCL support by NNVM & TVM session from Linaro Connect 2018 in Hong Kong is now online. Abstract: To use mobile GPU to accelerate deep learning inference on ARM platforms in device side, OpenCL support seems a proper and promising fit. NNVM is an open compiler for AI frameworks with graph IR implementation, and TVM is an open source end-to-end Tensor IR/DSL stack. NNVM together with TVM provides a flexible architecture to support different frameworks and backends. OpenCL is one of the supported backends by NNVM & TVM now, the latest status and some how-tos will be discussed in this session.

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Khronos Standards logos now available for download on Sketchfab

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The Khronos Group standards logos are now available for download on Sketchfab. Sketchfab makes it easy for anyone to publish and find 3D content online. Available logos currently include OpenXR, OpenCL, NNEF, OpenVX, SPIR, Vulkan, WebGL, SYCL and glTF. OpenGL has not been overlooked and will be arriving shortly.

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Qualcomm Reveals the Dedicated XR Platform with OpenCL, OpenGL and Vulkan

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Qualcomm Technologies debuted the Qualcomm Snapdragon XR1 Platform, a dedicated Extended Reality (XR) platform during a launch event leading up to the Augmented World Expo (AWE). The integrated display processor provides a range of display options with hardware accelerated composition, dual-display support, 3D overlays and support for leading graphics Application Programming Interfaces (API), including OpenGL, OpenCL and Vulkan.

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Keynote by Neil Trevett from IWOCL 2018

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If you were unable to attend IWOC 2018, you may be interest to hear that some of the videos are starting to appear online. First up is the "State of the OpenCL Nation" by Neil Trevett, President of The Khronos Group and VP at NVIDIA.

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OpenCL 2.2 Maintenance Update Released

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The Khronos™ OpenCL™ working group has today released a maintenance update to OpenCL 2.2 to consolidate numerous bug fixes and clarifications to make the specification more precisely defined and more easily understood. In this maintenance release, the OpenCL C specification has now also been put into open source.

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Codeplay and SYCL at IWOCL 2018

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The Khronos Group member Codeplay has two posts on their contributions to OpenCL and SYCL, and expands on some of the topics surrounding SYCL at the upcoming IWOCL conference. Codeplay has been an IWOCL supporter since its inaugural edition 5 years ago. Check out the post by Michael Wong entitled 'Heterogeneous Development at the DHPCC++ 2018 Workshop' and the post by Rod Burns 'What's happening with SYCL at IWOCL 2018'.

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Snapdragon Profiler 2018.1 released with improved metric calculations for OpenCL applications

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Qualcomm has released a new version of Snapdragon Profiler, the mobile performance profiling tool that runs on the Windows, Mac, and Linux platforms. The release includes various bug fixes, a new Analysis mode, new Trace metrics across various SoC subsystems, and an experimental feature allowing developers to use the latest profiler updates for graphics profiling without having to update mobile drivers. Also included are fixes for various issues in Snapshot affecting EGL images and improved metric calculations for OpenCL applications.

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