Amazon launched a new type of instance for its EC2 cloud computing platform that is specifically designed for applications that require 3D graphics capabilities. Using these new instances, Amazon argues, its users can now “build high-performance DirectX, OpenGL, CUDA, and OpenCL applications and services without making expensive up-front capital investments.” Amazon is making two of these new GPU instance types available for now. The g2.2xlarge version comes with 15 GB memory, 60 GB of local storage, 26 EC2 Compute Units (that’s an Intel Sandy Bridge processor running at 2.6 GHz) and a single NVIDIA Kepler GK104 graphics card (with 1536 CUDA cores). The larger cg1.4xlarge version comes with 22 GB of memory, 1690 GB of local storage, 33.5 EC2 Compute Units and two NVIDIA Tesla “Fermi” M2050 GPUs.
With the APP SDK 2.9 release and OpenCV 2.4.7 just around the corner, OpenCL is picking up even more momentum and making OpenCV even more attractive. OpenCV 2.4.7 expands the already significant capabilities of OpenCL, inside OpenCV. A very noteworthy addition is expanding the OpenCL implementation into the Machine Learning module, accelerating in OpenCL the Support Vector Machine functionality, and opening the door to multiple recognition and classification tasks. During the OpenCV session at APU13, AMD will go over in more detail the various developments and enhancements in OpenCV.
drawElements announced that Vivante Corporation has subscribed to the drawElements Quality Program. The drawElements Quality Program focuses on quality assurance and consists of multiple API test modules that ensure robust OpenGL ES, EGL, and OpenCL vendor implementations.
Paris ACM SIGGRAPH, in association with IRCAM and the CNRS, invites you to a conference on the subject of standards and open libraries in the animation and video game industries. Erik Noreke from The Khronos Group will be presenting the Khronos Group as well as the latest developments in the standards they manage.
AJ Guillon offers a new videos series on OpenCL, the first video provides a high-level overview of OpenCL 1.2, the standard, and the models within it. The second video offers an introduction to OpenCL C.
Goo Technologies announced the launch of Goo Create, the first professional platform for high-end web graphics. For the first time, professional, high-end 3D visualizations can be created and published online using HTML5, without any downloads or plug-ins, accessible from any device supporting WebGL. Goo Create enables artists and web developers to create rich, interactive web graphics with incredible smoothness and sophistication.
The Intel SDK for OpenCL Applications 2013 Release 2 now supports Microsoft Windows 8.1, as well as Intel Atom Z3000 Series ( formerly “Bay Trail”) Platforms. Designed for visual computing applications, the SDK continues to support the full OpenCL 1.2 standard on 3rd and 4th generation Intel Core processors, helping developers harness the hardware acceleration capabilities of Intel Iris and Intel HD Graphics. Download a free copy of Intel SDK for OpenCL Applications 2013 R2.
Altera has announced that its Stratix 10 SoC devices, manufactured on Intel's 14nm Tri-Gate process, will incorporate a high-performance, quad-core 64-bit ARM Cortex-A53 processor system, complementing the device's floating-point digital signal processing (DSP) blocks and high-performance FPGA fabric. Embedded developers will be able to accelerate debug cycles with Altera's SoC Embedded Design Suite (EDS) featuring the ARM Development Studio 5 (DS-5) Altera Edition toolkit, as well as use Altera's software development kit (SDK) for OpenCL to create heterogeneous implementations using the OpenCL high-level design language.
ARM unveiled new additions to its Mali GPU family. First up is the Mali-T760, ARM's most powerful GPU to-date, and secondly, the lower-end Mali-T720, ARM's first GPU for midrange devices that supports OpenGL ES 3.0 and OpenCL. ARM's share of the mobile GPU market is growing and now stands at 18 percent, according to Jon Peddie Research.