The Khronos Group today announced the release of SYCL 1.2 as a provisional specification to enable community feedback. SYCL is a royalty-free, cross-platform abstraction layer that enables the development of applications and frameworks that build on the underlying concepts, portability and efficiency of OpenCL, while adding the ease-of-use and flexibility of C++. Feedback is welcome and encouraged on the official feedback forum.
The new Soft Kitty OpenGL ES 3.0 demo shows that, with our latest PowerVR Series6 GPUs, it is possible to render animated fur covered characters in real time on mobile devices. The final demo runs at >30fps at resolutions higher than Full HD driven by a PowerVR Rogue GPU. Soft Kitty will also be on display at the Imagination booth (#402) at GDC 2014.
The International Workshop on OpenCL (IWOCL) brings together leading OpenCL experts from academia and industry, including many members of the OpenCL Khronos work group. Presenting at the second annual workshop 12-13 May 2014 at Bristol University England will be Altera, Qualcomm, ARM, Intel and ArrayFire. As well there will be keynotes from Adobe and Neil Trevett, Khronos President and OpenCL work group chair. The complete schedule and registration is online.
DrawElements has released the new test module for OpenGL ES 3.1. It offers functional tests for many of the critical OpenGL ES 3.1 features. The coverage of the module will increase rapidly with more tests and additional test types, such as performance tests, after the initial release.
The Khronos Group DevU sessions at GDC 2014 are happening this week. We're looking forward to seeing everyone for lots of learning, prizes and refreshments. Complete details are online for our 7 DevU sessions. The sessions will take place on the 19th and 20th of March as well a joint press conference with the PC Gaming Alliance on March 19th. This not to be missed 2 day event is packed with lots of guest speakers from many companies. Seating is reserved and signup pages are available for each session here: OpenCL, OpenVX, OpenGL ES, OpenGL, WebCL, COLLADA, WebGL.
The Khronos Group has announced the immediate release of the OpenGL ES 3.1 specification, bringing significant functionality enhancements to the industry-leading, royalty-free 3D graphics API that is used on nearly all of the world’s mobile devices. OpenGL ES 3.1 will provide the most desired features of desktop OpenGL 4.4 in a form suitable for mobile devices. The OpenGL ES registry is up-to-date with the latest Specifications, head files and reference pages. We look forward to hearing what you think about this release.
Epic Games and Mozilla are demonstrating how the web is continuing to evolve as a powerful platform for gaming by providing a sneak peek of Epic’s Soul and Swing Ninja demos, running in Firefox at near-native speeds. This video is the first glimpse of Unreal Engine 4 running on the Web using WebGL. To see these products in action at GDC, come by our South Hall booth #205 or Epic’s booth #1224.
Shaderific version 3.2 is now available. Shaderific is an educational app for iPad, iPhone and iPod touch that makes it possible to write, compile and test OpenGL ES 2.0 and OpenGL ES 3.0 shader programs directly on any iOS device. Version 3.2 adds support for OpenGL ES 3.0 and GLSL ES 3.0. The new capability of using 3D textures in a shader program is demonstrated by a shader that generates a procedural fire effect based on a pre-calculated 3D noise texture. A new blending mode allows rendering of multiple blended objects. The blending factors and blending function can be customized without interrupting the rendering loop.