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
The Khronos Group today announced the ratification and release of the EGL 1.5 specification. EGL is an open, royalty-free standard that defines a portable interface to underlying operating system and display platforms to handle graphics context management, surface and buffer binding, and rendering synchronization. EGL also provides interop capability to enable efficient transfer of data and events between Khronos APIs. The new EGL 1.5 specification incorporates functionality for enhanced rendering flexibility and security, improved interop between OpenGL or OpenGL ES and OpenCL for mixed compute and rendering acceleration, and standardized support for multiple common operating systems including Android and 64-bit platforms.
drawElements announced that Vivante Corporation has subscribed to the drawElements Quality Program. The drawElements Quality Program focuses on quality assurance and consists of multiple API test modules that ensure robust OpenGL ES, EGL, and OpenCL vendor implementations.
The Khronos EGL Working Group is requesting feedback on a change to the definition of EGLint that would disallow using handles as attribute values. If you have feedback on this change, please post it in the discussion boards where the proposed change is described in more detail.
Imagination Technologies has developed a set of extensions to allow image conversion on the fly, using the Khronos Groups OpenCL and EGL technology. ImgTec converts the camera YUV data to RGB using the OES_EGL_image_external extension, and then use PowerVR’s zero-copy functionality to directly access the camera texture data from OpenCL. Find the in-depth explanation on ImgTec's website.
Imagination Technologies has implemented a set of image and video handling extensions to the EGL Native Platform Interface to enable developers to create high-performance GPU compute applications on the new low-cost Hardkernel ODROID-XU development system. The new OpenCL API extensions enable developers to implement Instagram-like functionality on real-time camera data, including computational photography and video processing, while offloading the main CPU by providing resource sharing and interoperability between the camera pipeline, OpenGL ES graphics and OpenCL compute APIs. Imagination will be releasing the PowerVR GPU compute SDK and programming guidelines for PowerVR Series5XT GPUs and there is an upcoming release of the popular PowerVR Graphics SDK v3.2 featuring OpenCL support in PVRTrace for PowerVR Series6 GPUs.
G-Truc Creation released a survey about OpenGL ES 2.0 support on desktop, how it is exposed or not on Windows 7/8, Linux and MacOS X and by different hardware vendors. It also deals with libraries and framework to help such support.
The KDE development community has released version 4.7 of the KDE software collection and Plasma. The update brings a number of noteworthy improvements to the open source desktop environment. This is the first release including an OpenGL ES 2.0/EGL backend in KWin. This allows KWin to run on OpenGL ES powered devices as well as give much better compositing experience on the desktop systems.