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.
ANTFARM, a consumer robotics company, has started a kickstarter for a book about multi-core computing. One that removes the ambiguity around Multi Core processors and More Importantly training people to Program the Multi Core processors of the Future. The Kickstarter goal is a modest one of $5,000 by April 3rd, 2014.
Graham Sellers has authored a blog post looking forward into the future of OpenGL. How do features make it into OpenGL? Who decides what the functions should be called? What goes in the core specification and what remains an extension? In his post, Graham talks about the process at Khronos — the standards body that produces the OpenGL specification, its members, the process of creating and publishing and suggests how you, as a user, are able to contribute.
Join the Khronos Group's WebCL and WebGL work groups at this Intel sponsored O'Reilly conference. Hear Tasneem Brutch and Steven Eliuk from the WebCL working group and Tony Parisi from WebGL and glTF working groups.
Intel SDK for OpenCL Applications 2014 Beta brings new capabilities and a comprehensive development platform for OpenCL APIs. Now developers can take advantage of the powerful combination of OpenCL, Intel Iris Graphics, and Intel HD Graphics to innovate and accelerate time to market. This new Beta extends the OpenCL support for Windows to include Android support. Also included is the new Code Builder, an integrated tool providing design, build, debug, and analysis capabilities within Microsoft Visual Studio and Eclipse IDEs with new features like API Debugging, kernel analyzing, and remote development on Intel Atom processors (codename Bay Trail) with Android.
Cesium has introduced full support for glTF models. A demo with example aircraft, ground vehicle, and character models is available. There is also a tutorial on how to use the Cesium API for glTF, and a tool to convert COLLADA to glTF (based on COLLADA2GLTF).