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.
Intel will be talking about and demonstrating OpenCL @ Booth #1001 at Siggraph. Most of the Intel events will occur twice throughout the week. Less chance of double booking yourself this year! All the details on Intel booth events and Khronos related events are available online.
ARM will be holding a series of talks at SIGGRAPH on Monday August 11 in room 118-120 from 9AM - 10:30AM. Included in these talks are "Mobile GPU Compute: Exploring the Mobile GPU Through OpenCL" and "ASTC: The Extra Dimension". You may view a complete list of Khronos Technology related talks on our SIGGRAPH event page.
The long awaited OpenGL ES 3.1 Reference Card is now available online in PDF format. Get your download today!
If you work in graphics, you live and die by your tools. if you work in graphics for the web, this means Chrome or Firefox developer tools. Join the Khronos Toronto Chapter to discuss and learn about the latest web tools in Firefox and Chrome for WebGL and WebCL. For OpenGL folks there'll be a discussion to compare web graphics tools to native graphics tools.
The Graphical Web 2014 is being organised by the Data Visualisation Centre, UK Office for National Statistics and will be held at the University of Winchester, England over 4 days from Wednesday August 27th through to Saturday August 30th. The theme of the conference will be Visual Storytelling using new technology to produce compelling visual narratives on the web. Neil Trevett will be giving a State of the Union address on WebGL and WebCL, as well the Khronos Group will be sponsoring this event.
Going to SIGGRAPH? Be sure to drop into one of our seven Birds of a Feather events, all followed up by our famous BOF Blitz™ After Party. We've got some great news and amazing presentations waiting for you.
The Khronos Toronto Chapter will be holding their next meetup on Thursday July 10 on Yonge street in Toronto at the Uken Games Office. From the meetup page "Those who've tried out the iOS8 update were met with something truly remarkable: WebGL is enabled by default in Mobile Safari. With Apple finally on board, we now have support from ALL major desktop and mobile browsers." Spacing is limited, so if you are interested in attending, please signup soon!
Vanda Engine 1.3 source code is now available on SourceForge and on Github. Vanda Engine 1.3 is based on the COLLADA RT project (using COLLADA DOM) and can import COLLADA 1.4 format. There are many bug fixes and several new features have been added to allow import of most of the features of COLLADA 1.4 including animation clips, multiple UV sets and loading cameras. OpenGL 3.0 is being used to render the scenes.