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OpenCL news recap from SC14

There were a few significant news announcements made at SC14 this week around OpenCL. Here are a few of the more significant ones:

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AMD FirePro S9150 GPU powers 3 petaFLOPS supercomputer cluster for OpenCL applications

AMD FirePro S9150 GPUs are delivering more than 3 petaFLOPS of AMD FirePro S9150 server GPU performance for the GSI Helmholtzzentrum für Schwerionenforschung GmbH in support of physics research related to heavy ion studies. Each of the 160 ASUS ESC4000 G2S nodes of the new L-CSC cluster include four AMD FirePro S9150 server GPUs, for a total GPU peak of 3.25 petaFLOPS single precision and 1.62 petaFLOPS double precision performance. The cluster is enabling Lattice Quantum Chromo Dynamics (Lattice QCD) computational research using one of the fastest OpenCL implementations for research applications in the world.

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GizmoSphere launches Gizmo 2 AMD-based dev board with support for OpenGL 4.2 and OpenCL 1.2

GizmoSphere, a not-for-profit embedded specialist, has announced the launch of a next-generation development board featuring a 1GHz dual-core AMD system-on-chip with Radeon HD8210E graphics on-board. The GPU supports OpenGL 4.2, OpenCL 1.2 and DirectX 11.1.

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ARM Extends OpenCL to the ARM Cortex-A Processor Family

ARM announced OpenCL for ARM NEON technology. This enables the use of the OpenCL framework on ARM Cortex-A processors. Alongside the already supported ARM Mali GPUs, OpenCL for NEON now enables heterogeneous multiprocessing on any Cortex-A based device. Heterogeneous multiprocessing enables compute-intensive workloads to be tasked to the most appropriate CPU or GPU resource improving both end-user experience and battery life.

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AMD releases Catalyst OpenCL 2.0 Graphics Driver Version 14.41

AMD has released the Catalyst OpenCL 2.0 version 14.41 graphics driver, adding support for OpenCL 2.0 Core features. This release is compatible with Microsoft’s Windows 8.1 (64-bit), Red Hat Enterprise 6.5 (64-bit version) and Ubuntu 14.04 (64-bit version).

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Luxoft codec utilizes OpenCL to improve video codec speed for 4K and UltraHD

Luxoft announced the creation of its Professional VP9 Codec Software Development Kit (SDK). Luxoft’s codec is designed to help video content providers, cloud servers, and live-streaming companies produce effective, real-time 4K/UltraHD encoding and video streaming. As a result of utilizing the OpenCL standard, the SDK also offers a significant time-to-market advantage for todays hardware architectures such including CPUs, GPUs, and heterogeneous computing systems. VP9 4K SDK is ready for beta evaluation.

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Matrox C-Series PCI Express x16 Graphics cards with OpenGL 4.4 and OpenCL 1.2 support

Matrox C-Series PCI Express x16 graphics cards are designed with AMD GPUs featuring DirectX 11.2, OpenGL 4.4 and OpenCL 1.2 compliance.

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Intel is delivering first OpenCL 2.0 conformant platform

Intel released the first OpenCL 2.0 conformant platform with Intel Core M processors, supported with the new release (R2) of Intel’s SDK for OpenCL. The SDK works with current Intel processors and allows visual computing applications to take advantage of OpenCL 2.0’s new features on Intel Core M and future processors with Intel Processor Graphics. This major advance in graphics programmability and accessibility will help developers make greater use of the graphics engine to deliver new experiences on Intel-based platforms. The SDK provides everything you need to build, debug, and analyze OpenCL applications. Start now and write your first OpenCL 2.0 code on your current development platform, simply by using the new OpenCL 2.0 development environment that is installed with the SDK.

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Rightware Showcases Its First Demo of OpenGL ES 3.1 Test at Siggraph

Rightware showcased the first public demo of the OpenGL ES 3.1 test called U-Boat at the Khronos BoF at Siggraph 2014. We believe it will be the best OpenGL ES 3.1 content available in the world. The benchmark will be available for licensing within Q4, 2014.

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AMD unveils new OpenCL powered professional graphics cards

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At SIGGRAPH 2014, AMD unveiled new additions to the next generation AMD FirePro professional graphics family – AMD FirePro W2100, AMD FirePro W4100, AMD FirePro W5100, and AMD FirePro W7100. These new products are designed for Computer Aided Design (CAD), video, animation, design and engineering professionals. The offerings provide workstation integrators and end users with an exciting choice of performance levels for an extensive array of applications, all supported by certified drivers and powered by OpenCL.

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