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OpenCL 2.0 support offered with AMD Catalyst Omega drivers and APP SDK 3.0

Offering OpenCL 2.0 support, and engineered to unlock new capabilities in AMD APUs and AMD Radeon GPUs based on GCN architecture, AMD Catalyst Omega special edition driver delivers enhanced capabilities, additional performance, and greater reliability. AMD has also made available a beta version of their APP SDK 3.0 which contains a complete set of sample code illustrating how to utilize each of the major new features of OpenCL 2.0.

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Wikipedia visualized as an interactive galaxy powered by WebGL

This Wikipedia visualization was created by French computer science student Owen Cornec. Each “star” in WikiGalaxy is a single article on Wikipedia. Highly related articles are placed close to each other in space with connections between them. While this is a Chrome experiment running WebGL and HTML5, WikiGalaxy should work in most modern browsers.

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CL3VER, a cloud based WebGL 3D engine, joins AWS Partner Network as Technology Partner

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CL3VER has joined the AWS Partner Network (APN) as a Technology Partner. This move is a demonstration that browser based interactive 3D Visualization based on WebGL and dedicated to professionals Architects and Manufacturers can be successfully provided via cloud. Leading architecture companies Gensler and NBBJ and the industrial robots manufacturer Yaskawa Motoman have quoted the news confirming the scalability and reliability of the CL3VER platform for professional use. "We see CL3VER as a great compliment to a designer’s toolset and a potential game changer in Design Collaboration.” said Jorge Barrero, Senior Associate at Gensler.

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Altera SDK for OpenCL Recognized as Design Tool of the Year at the 2014 Elektra Awards

Altera Corporation announced Electronics Weekly magazine selected the Altera SDK for OpenCL as its design tool of the year at the annual Elektra European Electronics Industry Awards gala in London. These accolades represent the latest in a series of awards and recognitions the Altera SDK for OpenCL has received since its release in 2012. Today, Altera offers the industry's only OpenCL-conformant solution that allows software programmers to easily implement OpenCL applications on FPGA accelerators.

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Christmas is almost here, and the NORAD Santa Tracker is back with Microsoft, WebGL and CesiumJS

Microsoft has teamed up with NORAD (North American Aerospace Defense Command) to track the progress of Santa on Christmas Eve. Be sure to load up the Santa Tracker on Christmas eve with your favourite WebGL enabled browser! For a third year in a row the Santa tracker is using CesiumJS and WebGL for the build.

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The Khronos Group returns to SIGGRAPH Asia for a 7th year

The Khronos Group will be at SIGGRAPH Asia this coming weekend. Neil Trevett, Khronos Group President and VP of Mobile Content at NVIDIA will be speaking. There will be a panel session "Next Frontiers For Interactive Applications" on Saturday followed by a tech-talk "What's Next In Graphics APIs?" on Saturday December 6th which will cover the rapidly changing landscape of acceleration APIs for mobile devices and the Next Generation OpenGL Initiative first revealed at SIGGRAPH 2014.

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Browser game demonstrates the power of WebGL

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Urban Galaxy Online is a MMORPG built entirely on HTML5 technologies. Its graphics are powered by the WebGL renderer of the popular three.js engine. The game was built by a small team of 3 developers during the last 5 years, betting on WebGL while the standard was still shaping up and browser support was partial. Now the game is fully supported on all major desktop browsers, with experimental support for WebGL enabled mobile Chrome and mobile Safari.

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Rightware Debuts Basemark ES 3.0

Rightware launched Basemark ES 3.0, a new benchmarking software that enables professional and objective performance comparisons of mobile devices that feature the new OpenGL ES 3.0 graphics API. This API can be found in the latest popular Android and iOS smartphones and tablets and it enables unprecedented graphical fidelity in graphically rich apps such as games and navigation.

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OpenCL news recap from SC14

There were a few significant news announcements made at SC14 this week around OpenCL. Here are a few of the more significant ones:

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2014 HPCwire awards include OpenCL

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OpenCL was featured in the 2014 HPCwire 5 Editors' choice awards for new products or technologies to watch. The awards were announced at this year’s Supercomputing 2014 held in New Orleans.

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