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.
The Khronos™ Group today announced the ratification and public release of the OpenCL™ 2.0 provisional specification. OpenCL 2.0 is a significant evolution of the open, royalty-free standard that is designed to further simplify cross-platform, parallel programming while enabling a significantly richer range of algorithms and programming patterns to be easily accelerated. As the foundation for these increased capabilities, OpenCL 2.0 defines an enhanced execution model and a subset of the C11 and C++11 memory model, synchronization and atomic operations. The release of the specification in provisional form is to enable developers and implementers to provide feedback before specification finalization, which is expected within 6 months.
The Khronos Group is throwing a huge party at SIGGRAPH to celebrate 10 years of OpenGL ES. The OpenGL ES 10th Anniversary party will take place July 24th at the Hilten Anaheim in the California Ballroom A&B at 9PM following the All-Day BOF Blitz™. With over $16K in prizes to be won, and a chance to mingle with the creators of OpenGL ES, this is an event not to be missed. To help celebrate, the Khronos Group is inviting you to help sponsor the party, send us your OpenGL ES stories, and in return you and your company can get some great exposure. We've got some great stories already lined up, which appear on our Party page and in our OpenGL ES yearbook. We hope you can join the Khronos Group for this momentous occasion.
Jon Peddie Research is proud to hold the 12th annual Siggraph Luncheon. Discussions this year will revolve around Low-cost platforms, Global workflows, In-house vs. contract, New definitions of reality, Massive data clouds and Creating the hyper-real. Complete details and registration are available on the official JPR Siggraph luncheon page.
David Eisenberg, CEO of Floored.com, has announced a 28 hour WebGL Hackathon at the NYC offices of Two Sigma + Floored. Floored.com is a recent startup which specializes in the production and online display of 3D interior scans. Floored hopes to revolutionize the real estate photography market with 3D technology such as WebGL. The event will take place at the Two Sigma + Floored offices this Thursday & Friday (96 Spring St 8th Floor New York).
The Khronos Group has posted two videos from the Spring Meetup. A complete list is available on the event archive page along with links to the press releases and photos. More video's will come online shortly. Currently available are the COLLADA Meetup video, and the joint Khronos Group, PC Gaming Alliance News Conference.
OpenCL is an industry standard programming model available on a wide range of platforms from multiple vendors. It is an established technology that has been in use commercially for several years. It is not used in the academic community, however, anywhere near as much as it could be. To help correct this shortcoming, the creators of OpenCL (the Khronos Open Standards group) is launching a program to fund a number of course development projects. We do not anticipate that the level of funding associated with this program will cover the full cost of course development. Rather, our funds will augment OpenCL courseware projects in place or in the planning stages. If this type of course development sounds interesting to you, read the entire call for proposals.
Join us for the first Khronos Boston Chapter Meetup at the British Beer Company in Framingham, MA on Tuesday, June 11th at 6:00PM. The event will feature a talk introducing the newly released OpenGL ES 3.0. After the talk, there will be time for demos and networking. Come learn about OpenGL ES 3.0 and meet others in the Boston area that are interested in 3D graphics with OpenGL, OpenGL ES, and WebGL.
One of the newer Khronos Chapters has announced a tentative date for a meet up in September 2013. For more information, please visit the Brazil Chapter page. If you would like to start a Khronos Chapter in your corner of the world, please visit the Khronos Group Chapter pages.
Sketchfab, a web service to publish, share and embed interactive 3D models will be giving a demo of their services, capabilities, and a general overview of what is happening in the background. Hosting the Meetup at Pivotal Labs will be the three co-founders from Paris: Cédric Pinson, Alban Denoyel, and Pierre-Antoine Passet.