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.
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.