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Inspur and Intel Co-Launch OpenCL based FPGA card

Inspur and Khronos Member Intel announced partnership on an R&D project -- the Field Programmable Gate Array (FPGA) accelerator card F10A, at the SC16. This is a high density and high performance FPGA card based on OpenCL.

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Video from Khronos DevU in Seoul are now online

Khronos has posted the videos from the 2016 Khronos DevU in Seoul to YouTube. There are six videos covering: Vulkan HPP, Making SPIR-V Modules, OpenGL/Vulkan Performance Test, Vulkan Multi Threading (Korean), Vulkan Tutorial from Samsung (Korean) and a Vulkan Case Study (Korean).

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OpenCL programming environment for FPGAs big topic at SC16

Using OpenCL, programmers can utilize FPGAs with C, or other familiar high- level programming languages, instead of hardware-specific language. At SC16, one of the major issues for discussion is optimizing OpenCL kernels for high-performance computing.

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AMD Radeon Open Compute Platform 1.3 Adds Polaris, OpenCL And OpenUCX Support

Today sees the emergence of ROCm (Radeon Open Compute Platform) 1.3, which brings the official release of the LLVM native compiler and support for AMD’s current Polaris family of 14nm GPUs (Radeon RX 480, RX 470, RX 460). Also hopping aboard is support for OpenCL 1.2+. More specifically, ROCm 1.3 support the OpenCL 1.2 runtime along with the OpenCL 2.0 kernel language.

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Intel SDK for OpenCL Applications 2016 R3 now availble


Intel SDK for OpenCL Applications 2016 R3 is now available for download. This update adds support for new OSes and platforms, more performance analysis features and various SDK improvements including: OpenCL 2.1 development environment with the experimental CPU-only runtime for OpenCL 2.1; SPIR-V generation support with Intel® Code Builder for OpenCL offline compiler and Kernel Development Framework including textual representation of SPIR-V binaries.

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Khronos Group at SC16 in Booth 304

Join the Khronos Group in Booth 304 @ SC16. There will be people in the booth from the Khronos working groups who can answer your technical questions about OpenCL, SYCL, and SPIR. Visit the Khronos Booth for your free HPC t-shirt, OpenCL sticker, and reference guides for OpenCL and SYCL. Khronos members Xilinx and Codeplay will be in the booth to answer questions, give talks, and show demos. This year at SC Khronos will show where OpenCL fits in with the larger pantheon of open standards for HPC in a panel held on Wednesday 10:30am in room 255-BC.

Khronos booth at SC16

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Nimbix Teams with Xilinx to Expand FPGA-Based Workload Acceleration in the Cloud with OpenCL

Nimbix announced the availability of the Xilinx SDAccel development environment for on-demand development, testing, and deployment of FPGA-accelerated workflows in the Nimbix Cloud, powered by JARVICE. The SDAccel development environment combines the industry's first architecturally optimizing compiler supporting any combination of OpenCL, C, and C++ kernels, along with libraries, development boards and industry standard development and run‐time experience for FPGAs.

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Mesa 13.0.1 Is Out for Linux with Improvements for Intel & Radeon Vulkan Drivers

After informing us last week about the availability of the Release Candidate (RC) version of the first point release of Mesa 13.0.0, as well as about Mesa 13.0.1's upcoming launch on November 13, 2016, Collabora's Emil Velikov released the final version today.

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Vulkan Device-Generated Commands


NVIDIA introduces the VK_NVX_device_generated_commands (DGC) Vulkan extension, which allows the GPU to generate the most frequent rendering commands on its own. Read about Vulkan Device-Generated Commands on the NVIDIA Blog.

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Docker images that support OpenCL using Beignet and Mesa

If you've been looking for OpenCL Docker using Beignet and Mesa, look no further. Rex Tsai on Github has a repository for you.

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