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DiSTI Unveils New GL Studio ES Package

The DiSTI Corporation launched a new package of its award‐winning GL Studio software toolkit that streamlines the creation of interfaces for enhanced embedded applications. Without compromising performance or fidelity, GL Studio ES (Embedded Systems) enables a seamless transition from prototyping, to testing and to the deployment of graphical interfaces on embedded systems. Current GL Studio users now have the option to extend their existing interface designs into the embedded domain with a single unified code base. A PDF of the full news release is available on the Disti News site.

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SC11 roundup with OpenCL and much more

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.

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CNN utilizes WebGL in their Ecosphere Twitter discussions

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.

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OpenCL & the Future of Desktop High Performance Computing in CAD Webinar

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.

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OpenScales soon to have a little brother based on WebGL

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.

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Triton Ocean SDK 1.2 Adds Shoreline and Spray Effects

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.

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MacResearch OpenCL tutorials now 6 episodes

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.

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Khronos Releases OpenCL 1.2 Specification

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.

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Android releases updated NDK adding OpenMAX AL and OpenSL ES APIs

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.

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Khronos Group Invites you to SIGGRAPH Asia 2011

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