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 is proud to be hosting the OpenGL ES 10th Anniversary BOF Blitz After-Party! All are invited to help celebrate 10 years of OpenGL ES. Come share your stories, talk to the creators of OpenGL ES, party, play games, race Monster Trucks, and get some memorable photos. Details are online, and sponsorship spots are still available!
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.