Fast UI Draw, source code available on github, has now been open sourced. Fast UI Draw is a high performance Canvas renderer that is tuned for Intel GPU's (but can work for other GPU's) that under significant load is much faster than many other Canvas renderers. Fast UI Draw when running has very few GPU states, very few draw calls even under very complicated scenes. In addition, Fast UI Draw has a unique methodology to handle clipping that allows for applications to have rotations, projection, and clipping without incurring significant CPU load from setting, saving or restoring clipping. Fast UI Draw is available under the MPLv2 and a very alive project undergoing active development.
Google engineers have open-sourced today a new suite of libraries and tools relating to OpenGL called ION. ION is described as "a portable suite of libraries and tools for building client applications, especially graphical ones. It is small, fast, and robust, and is cross-platform across many platforms and devices, including desktops, mobile devices, browsers, and other embedded platforms."
Khronos Group member Basemark announced that it has joined the Immersive Technology Alliance (ITA). ITA is a leading consortium focused on catalyzing the development and commercialization of virtual reality, augmented reality, stereoscopic 3D, and other immersive technologies. Basemark develops system performance and power consumption analysis tools that are used by leading semiconductor and OEM companies around the world.
This post by Peter Messmer on the NVIDIA Parallel Forall blog provides the basic steps to create a (full) OpenGL context using EGL in a headless environment, with code examples. EGL context creation is particularly relevant for accelerated rendering on HPC systems or in a cloud environment, where context management via X11 is often times impractical. Applications include in situ visualization and CUDA/OpenGL interoperation.
The NVIDIA developer blog has a great article highlighting some of the benefits of Vulkan. A short but worthwhile read for any OpenGL and Vulkan enthusiast. "In this post we want to look at the basic operations that normally happen in a rendering frame and which API mechanisms are used."
Jetson TX1 is the first embedded computer designed to process deep neural networks. With 1 teraflops of performance, Jetson delivers exceptional performance for machine learning, computer vision, GPU computing and graphics, while drawing very little power. Jetson TX1 includes a comprehensive SDK for embedded visual computing, including VisionWorks, an implementation of the OpenVX 1.0.1 specification with additional NVIDIA extensions as well as support for the latest graphics drivers and APIs, including OpenGL 4.5, OpenGL ES 3.1 and Vulkan.
Imagination Technologies webinar series part II on Vulkan is now online. Vulkan is designed from the ground up with the idea of not being bottlenecked by the CPU, and provides huge efficiency gains over previous generation graphics APIs in this area. This webinar provides an overview of what mechanisms in Vulkan enable this, what this means in practice, and why it is so important for embedded and mobile devices. The episode was presented by Tobias Hector, Software Design Engineer for Vulkan and OpenGL ES, Imagination Technologies. Be sure to add November 19th to your calendar as the webinar series continues with 'Scaling to multiple threads'.
The Brenwill Workshop Ltd. announced that they have added support for OS X to their MetalGL product, which seamlessly brings the performance of Metal to OpenGL ES games and applications on iOS, and now OS X. MetalGL is an implementation of the OpenGL ES 2.0 API that runs on Apple's Metal graphics framework on compatible iOS and OS X devices. MetalGL unleashes the power of Metal's low-latency rendering to let OpenGL ES games and applications perform up to 3x the number of draw calls, and benefit from the advanced tools available for the Metal development ecosystem, all without changing the way the game or app use OpenGL ES.
The open source C++ creative coding toolkit Cinder has recently released version 0.9. This release adds support for OpenGL ES 2 and ES 3, in addition to the latest desktop versions of OpenGL. Cinder supports targeting Windows, OS X, iOS and WinRT, with Linux and Android support under active development. In addition, this release adds support for Google's ANGLE project, allowing deployment of OpenGL ES 3 applications on Windows and WinRT through a DirectX emulation layer. Cinder is released under the BSD License and is used by professionals in the creative and technology industries for everything from interactive installations to user interface prototyping to live concert visuals.