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Early Snapdragon 835 benchmark shows impressive boost in OpenGL ES performance

In the high-level test, the Adreno 540 GPU scored 41.4 fps (Offscreen) in Manhattan 3.1 OpenGL ES 3.1, 61.8 fps (Offscreen) in Manhattan OpenGL ES 3.0, and 114.9 fps (Offscreen) in T-Tex OpenGL ES 2.0. The scores suggest the new Adreno 540 GPU is around 30% more powerful than the Adreno 530 GPU inside the Qualcomm Snapdragon 821.

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Slide presentation from SIGGRAPH Asia now online–includes NNEF and VR Initiative information

Neil Trevett presented "Khronos Graphics, Compute and Vision APIs – including Vulkan Next Generation GPU Acceleration" at SIGGRAPH Asia on December 7th. Included in this presentation is information about the new Neural Networking Exchange Format (NNEF) working group and the new Khronos VR Initiative.

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Khronos member Axell to start selling OpenVG 1.1 compliant AG903

Axell will start production of the AG903, the latest product in the "AG9" series graphics LSI for embedded systems. As with existing products, it has strengths not only in functionality and performance, but also in the supply and support. It is the LSI for industrial devices used in the factory automation, measurement, and medical equipments, among others. The AG903 is in conformance with OpenVG 1.1 and uses the ARM Cortex-A5 for it's built in CPU.

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Leveraging asynchronous queues for concurrent execution

GPUOpen has posted a new entry "Leveraging asynchronous queues for concurrent execution." Understanding concurrency (and what breaks it) is extremely important when optimizing for modern GPUs. Modern APIs like Vulkan provide the ability to schedule tasks asynchronously, which can enable higher GPU utilization with relatively little effort.

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Amazon EC2 Elastic GPUs support OpenGL

Amazon EC2 users will soon have the ability to add OpenGL acceleration to existing EC2 instance types. Amazon-optimized OpenGL library will automatically detect and make use of Elastic GPUs. Amazon will start out with Windows support for OpenGL, and plan to add support for the Amazon Linux AMI and other versions of OpenGL after that. The GPU added to the instance can have 1, 2, 4, or 8 gigabytes of video memory. It’s becoming much easier to use OpenGL from GPUs in the cloud.

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NVIDIA GTX 680 To GTX 1080 Blender OpenCL Benchmarks

Phoronix has published benchmarks of 13 Kepler/Maxwell/Pascal NVIDIA GeForce graphics cards when testing Blender 2.78's OpenCL renderer. Unfortunately, no AMD OpenCL benchmarks for Blender yet -- the current open-source stack doesn't work until ROCm OpenCL support comes into play and the AMDGPU-PRO stack wasn't working for Blender OpenCL but was falling back to CPU rendering. Read the complete article.

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Vulkan Renderer In The Works For A PlayStation Emulator

The LibRetro crew is now working on a Vulkan renderer for a PlayStation One emulator. They have a Vulkan renderer working for the Beetle PSX, but the code hasn't been published yet. In the past few days the LibRetro crew uploaded some YouTube videos showing the Vulkan-renderered PlayStation One emulator in action.

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Vulkan, OpenGL ES, EGL, and OpenCL API Trace and Debug Tool

The Mali Graphics Debugger allows developers to trace Vulkan (1.0), OpenGL ES (1.x, 2.x, and 3.x), EGL (1.4), and OpenCL (1.x) API calls in their application and understand frame-by-frame the effect on the application to help identify possible issues.

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Codeplay helping bridge the gap on RISC-V with OpenCL and SYCL

Codeplay helping ensure software developers are correctly equipped to host their software applications on RISC-V. Codeplay is working extensively with machine learning solutions such as Google with TensorFlow to bridge the gap on RISC-V with OpenCL and SYCL open standards.

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S2C announces development of new Arria 10 Prodigy FPGA Prototyping Logic Modules supporting OpenCL

S2C Inc. has announced the development of a new family of Arria 10 Prodigy FPGA Prototyping Logic Modules based on Altera's Arria 10 1150GX FPGA. The Arria 10 Prodigy Logic Module includes compatibility with Altera's Software Development Kit (SDK) for OpenCL allowing easy implementation for HPC applications.

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