With only a few days remaining to signup for a seat, the Khronos Group meetups at GDC 2014 are quickly approaching. We're looking forward to seeing everyone for lots of learning, prizes and refreshments. Complete details are online for our 7 meetups. Our seven meetups include OpenCL and WebCL, OpenGL ES and OpenGL, WebGL, COLLADA with glTF and OpenVX, Camera and StreamInput. As well a joint press conference with the PC Gaming Alliance will take place on March 19th 2014, with lots of interesting news for everyone. There will be many speakers from many companies. This is a not to be missed 2 day event for anyone going to GDC.
ANTFARM, a consumer robotics company, has started a kickstarter for a book about multi-core computing. One that removes the ambiguity around Multi Core processors and More Importantly training people to Program the Multi Core processors of the Future. The Kickstarter goal is a modest one of $5,000 by April 3rd, 2014.
Acceleware partners with AMD to bring you this professional four day course designed for programmers who are looking to develop comprehensive skills in writing and optimizing applications that fully leverage data parallel processing capabilities of GPUs.
On Thursday 13 February 2014 the first Khronos meetup in Amsterdam will take place. The goal is to learn about open media-standards from The Khronos Group and others. So when OpenCV is discussed, we’ll also talk OpenVX. Speakers include Ton Roosendaal of the Blender Foundation talking Blender and OpenGL and Maarten and Jurjen of ThreeDee Media talking WebGL. Complete details are available here and here.
Hands On OpenCL is a two-day lecture course introducing OpenCL, the API for writing heterogeneous applications. Provided are slides for around twelve lectures, plus some appendicies, complete with Examples and Solutions in C, C++ and Python. The lecture series finishes with information on porting CUDA applications to OpenCL.
Highlights at the inaugural event on 30th and 31st of October include the second meeting of the standards body, Khronos Group's UK chapter, led by Samsung R&D Institute UK, Unity 3D workshop and an Education panel that will debate the question: "Specialists or all-rounders: What sort of school leavers do we need?"
This Khronos Group Chapter meetup will be held on Thursday 31st October 2013 and is one of the free sessions offered by the Mosaic3DX conference and exhibition this year. The Khronos UK Chapter is a group of the UK's Khronos API users enabling them to get together and expand understanding of the APIs, discuss ideas to improve them, and share technical achievements in the graphics/multimedia/compute domains. At Mosaic3DX this year, we would like to hear about your experiences developing games using APIs such as OpenGL, OpenGL ES, and OpenCL and thoughts on what you'd want to see in future versions. Expect some interesting presentations and a heated discussion!
Jon Peddie from Jon Peddie Research has published a new book "The History of Visual Magic in Computers: How Beautiful Images are Made in CAD, 3D, VR and AR." If you have ever looked at a fantastic adventure or science fiction movie, or an amazingly complex and rich computer game, or a TV commercial where cars or gas pumps or biscuits behaved liked people and wondered, “How do they do that?”, then you’ve experienced the magic of 3D worlds generated by a computer. This book will guide you through the history of how this came about and show you a little about how it's all done. Dr. Jon Peddie is one of the pioneers of the graphics industry and was recently named one of the most influential analysts.
The Khronos Group has posted some of the SIGGRAPH BOF slides online. More to come as the week progresses. Currently you will find OpenCL, WebCL, Camera work group and COLLADA.
The Khronos™ Group today announced the immediate release of the OpenGL® 4.4 specification, bringing the very latest graphics functionality to the most advanced and widely adopted cross-platform 2D and 3D graphics API (application programming interface). OpenGL 4.4 unlocks capabilities of today’s leading-edge graphics hardware while maintaining full backwards compatibility, enabling applications to incrementally use new features while portably accessing state-of-the-art graphics processing units (GPUs) across diverse operating systems and platforms. Also, OpenGL 4.4 defines new functionality to streamline the porting of applications and titles from other platforms and APIs.