We're excited to announce the kick off of our Pokki 1UP $50k HTML5 game development challenge. The first place game developer will take home $30k and win a trip to the Game Developers Conference 2012 in San Francisco where we will feature their game! We've pulled together a top notch panel of game developer leaders to judge submissions which must be submitted by February 20th, 2012 at 11:59pm (PST). What's also cool is that we just launched support for WebGL, WebSockets, and the Web Audio API. We're really excited about cutting edge HTML5 technologies like canvas, CSS3, WebGL and Web Audio. There's already been some impressive demos with these technologies and we're looking forward to seeing what the Pokki game developers come up with.
AMD is using the Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Companies new 28nm manufacturing process to build the new high-end Radeon HD 7970 GPU. The HD 7970 sports 4.3 billion transistors in a 365mm2 die. The 7970 supports OpenCL and OpenGL 4.2. It is assembled from 32 GCN compute units, which translates to 2,048 stream processors, each based on AMD’s new SIMD-plus-scalar architecture. As well, the 7970 includes 768KB of L2 cache and eight render back-ends, features a 384-bit interface to 3GB GDDR5 memory and a PCIe 3.0 interface. The GPU is capable of peak throughput of 264GB/s.
HT4U staff have benchmarked 55 GPUs using three tests with three applications compatible with OpenCL. Especially interesting are the results with the 3D rendering application LuxRender. The article is written in Portuguese, but the results are easy to understand for all.
AMD gDEBugger is a real-time OpenCL and OpenGL debugger and memory analyzer integrated into Microsoft Visual Studio. The new v6.1 adds concurrent debugging of multiple kernels, greatly improved overall kernel debugging performance, especially in scenarios where large sections of code are being skipped, and overall application stability improvements both for the client (Visual Studio) and server (debugged application) sides.
AMD APP SDK v2.6 is officially released. Notable features are enhanced performance, multi-GPU support on Linux, inclusion of the Khronos C++ wrapper, use of OpenCL kernels in data-driven applications and a preview of OpenCL 1.2 and the static C++ kernel language.
Irrlicht3d is asking rhetorically if WebGL is the future. Of course it is, find out why. The Irrlicht Engine is an open source high performance realtime 3D engine written and usable in C++ and also available for .NET languages. It is completely cross-platform, using D3D, OpenGL and its own software renderer, and has all of the state-of-the-art features which can be found in commercial 3d engines.
The Khronos Group has posted several presentation slide sets online from SIGGRAPH Asia 2011. Included are slides sets covering KITE, OpenGL, OpenGL ES, OpenGL SC, OpenVG, OpenMAX, OpenSL ES, StreamInput, WebGL and WebCL.