Smith Micro Software has announced the official release of Poser 9 and Poser Pro 2012. New Features include: Subsurface Scattering; Rendering Performance Improvements; Vertex Weight Map Rigging Support; 64-Bit Application and FireFly Render Engine; Vertex Weight Map Editing Tool Suite; and Updated PoserFusion plugins and COLLADA support.
Rightware launched the Basemark™ OS for Android, the latest addition to company’s roster of benchmark products. The graphic tests featured in Basemark OS for Android allow accurate measurement of 2D imaging, image scaling, JPEG, PNG and GIF encoding and decoding, and a compelling 3D test set with fillrate, polycount, lighting, texturing and rendering tests, and a 3D game test based on OpenGL ES.
Intel updated their Sandy Bridge drivers at IDF. Intel has refreshed its generic Sandy Bridge graphics driver to version 184.108.40.2069 for 32-bit Windows Vista and 7 and version 220.127.116.11.2209 for 64-bit Windows Vista and 7. some of the fixes include are WebGL rendering problems in Firefox and Chrome, and various OpenGL enhancements. Details are available on the online Intel PDF.
AMD announced that it has created drivers to enable support for the upcoming Windows 8 operating system on AMD-based tablets, netbooks, PCs and servers. AMD technology offers a compelling platform for the forthcoming Windows 8, with native support for Microsoft DirectX 11, C++ AMP, OpenCL and Accelerated HTML5, as well as planned support of DirectX 11.1 features.
The new AMD FirePro SDI-Link and V7900 SDI Professional Graphics Card address the market for real-time, GPU-accelerated post production and broadcast pipelines requiring Serial Digital Interface (SDI) input and output. AMD FirePro SDI-Link was announced with support from the premier players in the broadcast technology market: AJA, Bluefish444, Blackmagic Design, DELTACAST, DVS and Matrox. "Integrators in the broadcast and real-time video production market can now benefit from the latest advances in GPU acceleration," said Sandeep Gupte, general manager of professional graphics at AMD. Both cards offer extensive support for OpenCL 1.1 and OpenGL 4.2.
At the International Broadcasting Convention 2011NVIDIA introduced NVIDIA GPUDirect for Video. This technology enables application developers to deliver higher quality, more realistic on-air graphics -- or take faster advantage of the parallel processing power of the GPU for image processing. This is done by permitting industry-standard video I/O devices to communicate directly with NVIDIA professional Quadro and Tesla graphics processing units (GPUs) at ultra-low latency. Nick Rashby, President, AJA Video Systems says "this will allow developers whose apps support AJA video I/O products to take better advantage of the power of NVIDIA Quadro and Tesla GPUs, resulting in low-latency access for both graphics compositing and general purpose processing using CUDA or OpenCL, with all the I/O and performance they depend on from AJA."
The complete COLLADA BOF video set is now online. Presentations cover Remi Arnaud of Screampoint, Marco Tillmann, Nathan Letwory, Uli Klumpp from Smith Micro and Daniel Meiwes from Oregon State University.
The complete OpenGL BOF video set is now online. Watch Barthold Lichtenbelt from NVIDIA discuss what is new with OpenGL 4, Jon Leech ARB Ecosystem TSG Chair deliver an ecosystem update, Bill Licea-Kane from AMD talk about GLSL tips and tricks and Ian Williams also from NVIDIA discuss Viewperf 12. Slides to go along with the videos are available online.
libCL is an open-source parallel algorithm library written in C++ and OpenCL, released under the Apache 2.0 license. Based on a thin layer of wrapper classes for OpenCL and OpenGL are implementations of parallel algorithms ranging from simple primitives such as sorting, searching and algebra to complex systems of algorithms for computational research and visualization. libCL emerged out of OpenCL Studio, and as such integrates well with the development environment and its rich prototyping and visualization capabilities.