Khronos announced a call for participation today in a project to define a future open standard for high-efficiency access to graphics and compute on modern GPUs. Key directions for the new ground-up design include explicit application control over GPU and CPU workloads for performance and predictability, a multithreading-friendly API with greatly reduced overhead, a common shader program intermediate language, and a strengthened ecosystem focus that includes rigorous conformance testing. Fast-paced work on detailed proposals and designs are already underway, and any company interested to participate is strongly encouraged to join Khronos for a voice and a vote in the development process. Complete information on joining the Khronos Group is available online.
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Imagination Technologies (IMG.L) announces its PowerVR Series6 Rogue GPU technology is the first mobile GPU to pass OpenCL 1.2 conformance with the Khronos Group.
The image processing, video and computer vision communities in Israel are world class leaders in the field, with large and dynamic presence in both industry and academia. The IMVC conference is a unique opportunity for companies from diverse industrial fields to meet with research groups of academic institutions heading machine vision research in Israel. The conference serve as a venue for academic researchers, algorithm experts and engineers, product managers, and system managers from companies in various segments of the industry (medical, military, security, etc.) to gain exposure, exchange ideas and foster collaboration. Material regarding the newly formed Israel Chapter will be handed at the conference. The Israel Chapter is a great opportunity to meet and share information regarding Khronos APIs: OpenGL, OpenCL, OpenVX, OpenMax, etc.
The Khronos Group today announced a number of new and significant updates to its portfolio of open, royalty free industry standards that enable the authoring and acceleration of parallel computing, graphics, vision, sensor processing and dynamic media on a wide variety of platforms and devices:
- OpenGL® ES 3.1 Specification Released – The next leap in mobile & embedded graphics
- WebCL™ 1.0 Specification Released – Browser-based heterogeneous compute acceleration
- SYCL™ 1.2 Provisional Specification Released – Enabling high-level C++ tools for OpenCL
- OpenCL™ 2.0 Adopters Program Launched – Driving OpenCL 2.0 conformance
- EGL™ 1.5 Specification Released – The essential glue for secure, integrated API rendering
Khronos discloses the high-level direction for a new version of the OpenGL ES standard for mobile and embedded 3D graphics - to enable roadmap planning by OEMs and developers that are not Khronos members. Details around 'OpenGL ES Next' include:
- The OpenGL ES Working Group plans to release a new version of OpenGL ES in 2014
- The main features of the new API will be:
- Backward compatibility with OpenGL ES 2.0 and 3.0
- Compute shaders, with atomics and image load/store capability
- Separate shader objects
- Indirect draw commands
- Enhanced texturing functionality including texture gather, multisample textures and stencil textures
- Enhanced shading language functionality
- For clarification purposes the new API will not include:
- Tessellation and geometry shaders
We've included a PDF with this information.
Windows 7 users will enjoy the benefits of Internet Explorer 11, including WebGL, starting on today. IE11 for Windows 7, available for download in 95 countries, includes the same performance, security and stability improvements that Windows 8.1 has enjoyed the past few weeks. WebGL is supported giving developers more flexibility to create highly visual sites. IE11 also supports HTML5 drag-and-drop as well as device awareness — so a web developer can create a site that knows the orientation of the device it's running on.
ARM unveiled new additions to its Mali GPU family. First up is the Mali-T760, ARM's most powerful GPU to-date, and secondly, the lower-end Mali-T720, ARM's first GPU for midrange devices that supports OpenGL ES 3.0 and OpenCL. ARM's share of the mobile GPU market is growing and now stands at 18 percent, according to Jon Peddie Research.
AMD announced the HP ZBook 14 Mobile Workstation will feature AMD FirePro M4100 professional graphics, offering outstanding OpenCL performance and powered by AMD Graphics Core Next (GCN) architecture.
Intel submitted a branch of the 3D graphics open source driver (Mesa), and is certified for compliance to the OpenGL ES 3.0 3D Graphics specification for the 3rd Generation Intel Core platform. This specification is expected to be used by many mobile Linux based operating systems in the near future.