V3 has a clean and concise roundup from this years SC11. In a nut shell, SC11 brought questions and answers to the looming exascale supercomputing promise. Intel presented Knight's Corner chips clocking in at 1TB in benchmarks; NVIDIA brought OpenACC which is backed by partners such as Cray and Oak Ridge National Laboratory; AMD and Cray pick up where IBM dropped out with an announced a deal to provide a petaflop-scale scientific analysis cluster for the University of Illinois; and the Khronos Group announced another milestone for OpenCL, bringing the version up to 1.2. Lots of details and links at V3.
The CNN Ecosphere Project was conceived by Heimat-Berlin and developed and produced by Minivegas (Amsterdam, Los Angeles) in partnership with Stinkdigital (London, New York). Utilizing WebGL to visualize represent growing discussions on twitter.
This webinar is being held on Thursday, November 17 at 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM EST and will examine the details of CPUs and GPUs, explore their differences and similarities, and highlight the computing power they can provide. It will also take a look at OpenCL, what it is, what it does, and how this new computing interface will change the way software developers create software and help end users fully realize the compute power contained within today’s modern desktop computers. Register today online.
OpenScales announce that they have created the first version of OpenScalesGL, which uses HTML5 and WebGL. Like OpenScales, OpenScalesGL will be distributed with a LGPL license. More information and a proof of concept video is available on the OpenScales website.
Sundog Software has released a new revision of the Triton Ocean SDK, featuring support for sloping shorelines and particle-based spray effects. Using OpenCL and OpenGL together, tens of thousands of waves with tens of thousands of particles are rendered at hundreds of frames per second. Triton supports flat and geocentric coordinate systems, rendering open ocean and shallow water scenes with ship wakes as well. Triton is compatible with OpenGL 2.x - 4.x, as well as with other technologies. A free demo, evaluation SDK, videos, and images are available on the Sundog Software website.
MacResearch is an open and independent community for scientists using Mac OS X and related hardware in their research. MacResearch has a good collection of OpenCL tutorials as well as tutorials covering many other topics.
The Khronos Group today announced the ratification and public release of the OpenCL 1.2 specification, providing enhanced performance and functionality to the industry-standard for heterogeneous, high-performance computing. A new conformance test suite was also made available to the developer community. New features in OpenCL 1.2 include seamless sharing of media and surfaces with DirectX® 9 and 11, enhanced image support, custom devices and kernels, device partitioning and separate compilation and linking of objects. The OpenCL 1.2 specifications, online reference pages and reference cards are all available on the Khronos website.
Android released an updated version of the Android NDK bringing it to revision 7. "Android NDK r7 includes a number of build system improvements and bug fixes, but most importantly it gives you access to two new sets of APIs", wrote Xavier Ducrohet on the Android Developers Blog. The two new Khronos Group APIs are: OpenMAX AL 1.0.1 for Low-level streaming multimedia, which provides a direct, efficient path for low-level streaming multimedia; and OpenSL ES used for audio decoding into PCM. Release notes are available on the Android Developers website.
The Khronos Group will be holding an OpenCL DevU at SC11 in Seattle Washington. Please join the Khronos Group to learn the latest about OpenCL--including a significant announcement--and pick up a free reference card! The DevU will be held on Wednesday, 16 November 2011 between 5:30pm and 7:00pm in room TCC 101.