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Introduction to OpenCL

David Kanter at Real World Technologies was written an in-depth introduction to OpenCL. Starting with the general history of OpenCL, David covers the execution and memory model, and finished up with a good recap and glossary. An excellent read for the beginner to intermediate OpenCL developer.

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Firefox 7 fixes critical vulnerability for WebGL

Firefox 7 has just been released. Mozilla has identified and patched several vulnerabilities with regards to WebGL including a critical security vulnerabilities.

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AMD helps OpenCL claim number 2 spot in North America

When it comes to high-performance computing applications, OpenMP has long been the standard open-source API for the job. However, OpenCL is now emerging as a new challenger in the HPC space. According to Evans' Data Corp., OpenCL is now the second most popular HPC tool with almost 28% of developers using OpenCL, ahead of Intel's Threading Building Blocks (Source: AMD slideset). Evans also shows OpenCL adoption has increased since 2009. AMD has decided to step up its game by releasing optimization and development tools that fill in the gaps it sees in the OpenCL ecosystem.

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Apple upgrades Final Cut Pro with OpenCL support

Users of Apples recently released Final Cut Pro X will appreciate the most recent upgrade. FCP now includes OpenCL support for exporting your videos. According to OnlineVideo.net "I tested a few simple test projects, and saw some profound speed increases, particularly with an AVCHD clip with a Gaussian Noise effect applied. Not all producers will see these kind of benefits, but it’s nice to see OpenCL start to pay some real benefits."

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Google advertise Chrome and WebGL on National Television

While watching the season premiere of Terra Nova the other night, we were surprised to see a Google Chrome commercial. We were even more surprised to hear Google prominently announce WebGL in the commercial, not once but twice. We hope you will enjoy the commercial as much as we did.

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Intel® OpenCL SDK 1.5 released providing Debugger, Profiler, and Intel® AVX code generation

The new Intel® OpenCL SDK 1.5 makes it easy for you to design, build, debug, and profile OpenCL applications running on the CPU device. Among the new features in this release is a beta OpenCL kernel debugger, a support for OpenCL profiling with Intel® GPA 4.2, seamless utilization of the Intel® AVX instruction set through the Implicit CPU Vectorization Module, and offline compiler support for Linux.

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DMP announces two new OpenGL ES Programming Courses for November 2011

DMP is proud to announce two all new OpenGL ES programming training courses. OpenGL ES programming training I and II will run November 10-11 and November 24 - 25, 2011. Complete details are available online for the Training I and Training II courses in english, and in Japanese.

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Smith Micro releases Poser 9 and Poser Pro 2012 with COLLADA support

Smith Micro Software has announced the official release of Poser 9 and Poser Pro 2012. New Features include: Subsurface Scattering; Rendering Performance Improvements; Vertex Weight Map Rigging Support; 64-Bit Application and FireFly Render Engine; Vertex Weight Map Editing Tool Suite; and Updated PoserFusion plugins and COLLADA support.

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San Francisco WebGL Developers Meetup

After the last incredibly successful San Francisco WebGL Developers Meetup, another has been setup for September 29th at 7PM. This month's San Francisco WebGL Meetup features SRI International's Kuda, an advanced JavaScript library and World Editor that enables web developers to quickly build interactive 3D web solutions. There is only room for about 30 people, so be sure to get your spot early.

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Rightware announces Basemark OS for Android with support for OpenGL ES

Rightware launched the Basemark™ OS for Android, the latest addition to company’s roster of benchmark products. The graphic tests featured in Basemark OS for Android allow accurate measurement of 2D imaging, image scaling, JPEG, PNG and GIF encoding and decoding, and a compelling 3D test set with fillrate, polycount, lighting, texturing and rendering tests, and a 3D game test based on OpenGL ES.

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