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GPU Caps Viewer 1.8.0 With OpenGL 3 and OpenCL Support

GPU Caps Viewer 1.8.0 is available for download. This new version adds OpenGL 3 as well as OpenCL support with a new panel and several OpenCL demos. GPU Caps Viewer is a graphics card utility for Windows. It quickly describes the essential capabilities of your graphics card including GPU type, amount of VRAM, GPU temperature, OpenGL, OpenCL and CUDA API support. I also offers OpenGL and OpenCL demos to test the latest features of your video card.

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OpenCL for heterogeneous reconfigurable systems programming

Alexey Shmatok recently gave a presentation at Rosta Company on the possibility of using OpenCL for rapid application development. Alexey has made forecasts on the possibility of using OpenCL concept for self-assembling nano-electronic devices. His slides are available in both Russian and English.

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cnet posts an in-depth write-up on WebGL

The Khronos Group announced a draft specification for the 3D API called WebGL, on December 10th, 2009. If you want to know what WebGL is all about, how fast it is, which browser offers the best implementation, then look no further than todays post on cnet. "If you want to see the scale of browser makers' ambition to remake not just the Web but computing itself, look no farther than a new 3D technology called WebGL." wrote Stephen Shankland from cnet.

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Qt Lab blog gives overview of graphics and performance

Qt Labs Blog is doing a series on Graphics and Performance of Qt. The first of the series is an overview of the whole painter, pixmaps, widgets, graphicsview, backingstore idea. Reasons for using the Khronos family of APIs is included for OpenGL and OpenVG.

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Fixstars to Release Beta Version of “FOXC” OpenCL Compiler for x86

Fixstars has announced a beta version of "FOXC" OpenCL Compiler for x86. FOXC will allow software developers to take full advantage of multi-core x86 CPUs to develop OpenCL-based softwares. This is a source-to-source compiler that takes OpenCL code as the input source and the output source file is a readable C code. The "FOXC" Beta version can be downloaded for free from the Fixstars website.

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OpenCTM 3D viewer adds conversion functionality

The latest version of the OpenCTM 3D mesh viewer (part of the OpenCTM v1.0.2 SDK) has support for loading, viewing and saving several different file formats (OpenCTM, COLLADA, STL, PLY, OBJ and 3DS), making it a convenient companion tool for 3D graphics developers and artists. The viewer uses OpenGL for its 3D view and GUI, and works under Windows, Mac OS X, Linux, etc. OpenCTM is a file format, software library and a tool set for compression of triangle meshes. It fits well with the current OpenGL rendering pipeline, with support for custom shader attributes among other things.

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NiHiLogic Labs posts WebGL cheat sheet

NiHiLogic has created an HTML based WebGL cheat sheet and a PDF version.

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ALT Software releases OpenGL ES and OpenVG drivers for the POWERVR MBX graphics core

ALT Software has released optimized OpenGL ES 1.1 and OpenVG 1.1 graphics drivers for Imagination Technologies POWERVR MBX graphics core. The drivers are designed to work on Wind River’s VxWorks and Wind River Linux operating systems.

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Khronos Group announces WebGL Draft Specification

The Khronos Group announced the unveiling of the WebGL Draft Specification. WebGL is a cross-platform, royalty-free web standard for a low-level 3D graphics API based on OpenGL ES 2.0, exposed through the HTML5 Canvas element as Document Object Model interfaces. Khronos has setup a wiki, forums and a public mailing list for greater community involvement.

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AMD and SiSoftware Collaborate on Benchmark Suite for OpenCL

AMD announced collaborate with SiSoftware to develope one of the first industry benchmark testing suites for OpenCL. To be released by SiSoftware, the OpenCL GPGPU benchmark suite is part of SiSoftware Sandra 2010. The benchmark suite includes remote analysis, benchmarking and diagnostic features for PCs, servers, mobile devices and networks, and can be used to test OpenCL performance on ATI Stream technology.

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