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Unity 5.5 beta brings WebGL 2.0

Unity has released the beta for version 5.5 of its eponymous engine. WebGL 2.0 has been made the default for new projects, bringing it into line with OpenGL ES 3.0 when it comes to rendering and visual quality in browsers. At this time browser support remains experimental.

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ARM Blog: Vulkan & Validation Layers

Over on the ARM blog is a short write-up on Vulkan and Validation Layers. It might be a good time to read the blog and then head over and register for the upcoming Khronos Webinar: Vulkan Validation Layers Deep Dive.

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ARC Processor Summit Silicon Valley

Join the Khronos Group at the Synopsis ARC Processor Summit. There will be several sessions that discuss Khronos APIs and how they contribute to the Vision and Embedded Systems ecosystems, including: Neil Trevett - The Vision API Landscape; Advanced Vision Capabilities for Next-Generation SoCs; Using the OpenCL C Kernel Language for Embedded Vision Processors.

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Webinar: Vulkan Validation Layers Deep Dive

This one-hour webinar provides a detailed review of the Vulkan Validation Layers, how they are architected, how you use them, and why they are so important. The main presentation is followed by a Q&A session. The presentation and Q&A will be conducted in English.

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Khronos Group President Neil Trevett on glTF: The ‘JPEG for 3D Objects’

Road to VR sat down with the Khronos Group President Neil Trevett at the Khronos Group SIGGRAPH Party to discuss glTF. There’s a glTF validator (drag and drop) that’s available, as well as this glTF resource page on the Khronos Group’s website.

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AMD TrueAudio Next based on OpenCL

AMD TrueAudio Next (TAN) is a software development kit for GPU accelerated audio signal processing. TAN SDK Features Fast OpenCL parallel batch convolution engine; Multi-threaded, multi-queue, real-time architecture; Extendable open source API; CPU and GPU implementations for all functions and Sample applications for GPU acceleration of Virtual Reality audio.

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Crytek CryEngine to receive Vulkan support Mid October

The CryEngine roadmap has been released, including specific details about the upcoming CryEngine 5.2 and 5.3. Developers have planned full support for the Vulkan API around mid-october 2016.

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StreamComputing to offer 4-day training on OpenCL on FPGAs this October in Amsteram

StreamComputing is holding a 4-day training course from 24 to 28 October on OpenCL-on-FPGAs using Altera hardware. The goals include: correctly writing OpenCL code for FPGAs, learning to work with Quartus and understanding the important optimisation techniques. Complete details are available online.

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Samsung R&D Institute hosts inauguration of Khronos Bangalore Chapter

Samsung R&D Institute, Bangalore (SRIB) recently hosted the inaugural meeting of Khronos Bangalore chapter to bring visibility to India’s efforts and involvement in the standard APIs. Please visit the Khronos Chapters website for more information.

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New Google Street View renderer in the Google Maps with WebGL support

Google made Street View better, especially on mobile devices, by launching a new Street View renderer in the Google Maps JavaScript API. The new renderer uses WebGL (on browsers that support it) which results in a higher frame rate and better rendering, especially on mobile devices. On mobile devices, the old renderer would display a fish-eye projection of the image, whereas WebGL allows us to present a rendered sphere that looks as it would in reality. For example, the street in the image below is straight, but the old renderer made it look curved on mobile devices. Read more about other improvements.

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