AMD has launched their new line of discrete Radeon M400 GPUs that are designed specifically for notebooks. The R9 and R7 M400 series offer support for both Vulkan and OpenGL 4.4. There is no mention of support for the R5 M400 series. Product is based on a published Khronos Specification and is expected to pass the Khronos Conformance Process. Current conformance status can be found at www.khronos.org/conformance.
A two hours-long talk at University of Lodz in Poland discussed the most common mistakes we come across in Vulkan applications. Dominik Witczak, one of AMDs developers, started from presenting exactly where Vulkan fits in the vast ecosystem of 3D APIs, and who Vulkan generally is, and is not, targeted for. After this short introduction, he proceeded with shedding more light on various areas of the API we find Vulkan application developers are having trouble with. Slides are available online.
Google will be holding their annual developer festival with hands-on learning, technical talks, and a chance to hear more about Google’s latest developer products May 18-20 in Mountain View California. If you are going, be sure not to miss Hai Nguyen's talk on 'Make shinier, faster mobile games with Vulkan'.
YetiWare will be talking OpenCL at their booth at OCE Discovery in Toronto this week. OCE Discovery is Canada's leading innovation-to-commercialization conference showcasing leading-edge technologies, best practices and research in Ontario Canada.
Doom will receive support for Vulkan, and id Software’s showcase illustrated the GTX 1080 working in tandem with the technology. id Software was one of the first developers to support OpenGL, and it intends to follow that trend with Vulkan.
This paper highlights the OpenCL application for Box Blur filter, an image processing and filtering algorithm, and it describes how to optimize and accelerate the performance of a naïve OpenCL application using Intel OpenCL Subgroup extensions.
SPIRV-Cross is a practical tool and library for performing reflection on SPIR-V and disassembling SPIR-V back to high level languages. Help improve SPIRV-Cross with a pull request.
ELVEES companies group and Imagination Technologies announce the ELVEES Image Semantic Engine (ELISE), a unique next-generation multi-platform SoC offering a wide range of video analytics markets. Companies can use the new ELISE chip to develop a new generation of IP cameras with video analysis and a wide range of OEM modules. Unique hierarchical ELISE tools have been developed, including libraries for the Khronos OpenVX API and the innovative VIPE tool for vision and general purpose algorithm development on mixed multi-platform CPU/Velcore/GPU SoC systems.
Samsung us showing that Vulkan isn't just for gaming — it has real-world benefits in daily phone use. Samsung engineers demonstrated a new TouchWiz launcher being developed with Vulkan that not only improves performance but offers a notable battery life boost to your phone.
The folks at Gameranx have posted a high level overview of why Vulkan is important to gamers and why gamers should take notice. It should be clarified however, that it is not just AMD that is working with the Khronos Group on building Vulkan. There are a large number of companies working together under Khronos to bring Vulkan to life.