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Khronos Group posts presentations from Siggraph Asia online

The Khronos Group has posted the presentations from Siggraph Asia 2008 online in PDF format. These presentations cover OpenCL, OpenGL, OpenVG and COLLADA. If you were not able to make the show, then these are must read for you.

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DMP announces a two day getting start GLSL Programming training course

DMP has announced a two day getting start GLSL Programming training course on December 18th and 19th 2008. The OpenGL ES roadmap has been tailored to the diverse needs of the embedded industry and contains two tracks with "1.X" and "2.X" specification roadmaps that will evolve in parallel. The 1.X roadmap will continue to be developed for new-generation fixed function 3D accelerators while the 2.X roadmap will enable emerging programmable 3D pipelines.This course introduce the world of programmable pipeline by explaining basic topics of the GLSL(OpenGL Shading Language) which is a core feature of OpenGL ES 2.x and OpenGL 2.x.

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COLLADA Plugfest Sponsored by Intel Corporation

Announcing the COLLADA Plugfest - July 22- 23rd at the Hotel Sofitel, Redwood City, CA - Sponsored by Intel Corporation

Come join COLLADA developers and test your tool’s interoperability!
Intel is pleased to sponsor a two-day event July 22-23 to help developers test their COLLADA importers and exporters to make sure they can interchange content correctly.  Bring your code and your content and we’ll help you show where improvements can be made.  Contact Rita Turkowski, rita.b.turkowski at intel.com or Remi Arnaud, remi.s.arnaud at Intel.com for more info.

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From Wired: Supercomputing Power Hits the Desktop, Minus the Software

Wired magazine’s Bryan Gardiner says: Just last week, Khronos, the industry consortium behind the OpenGL standard, announced what it calls Open Computing Language, or OpenCL. With this new heterogeneous computing initiative, the group hopes to come up with a standardized (and universal) way of programming parallel computing tasks. In many ways, it's the Holy Grail developers have been waiting for: a hardware-agnostic standard that unleashes the power of multi-core CPUs and GPUs using a familiar language. Apple is throwing its weight behind parallel processing too, and last week committed to using the OpenCL specification as part of its next operating system release, Snow Leopard. Other companies, including AMD, Nvidia, ARM, Freescale, IBM, Imagination, Nokia, Motorola, Qualcomm, Samsung and Texas Instruments have joined the OpenCL working group. If initiatives like OpenCL gain momentum, the days of researchers applying for grants and traveling across the country to use a given university or research facility's super computer may well be at an end. Similarly, distributed computing projects like Folding@Home and Seti@Home may see an huge boost in performance by using hundreds of thousand of computers equipped with these new powerful processors. Of course, if curing cancer or looking for aliens isn't your thing, we can also be fairly certain that Crysis will really scream on any system equipped with these new GPUs.

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ARM rolls out highly optimized source code versions of the OpenMAX DL libraries for decoding the AAC

ARM has rolled out highly optimized source code versions of the OpenMAX DL (Development Layer) libraries for decoding the AAC and MP3 formats in the audio domain, and decoding the MPEG-4 and H.264 formats in the video domain.

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DMP announces three new courses on OpenGL ES and GLSL this summer

DMP announced three new courses, two getting started and one advanced course. The first OpenGL ES Programming training course (advanced) will be next week on June 20th, the second OpenGL ES Programming training course (OpenGL ES Shader) will be in July, while the third GLSL Programming training course (getting started) will follow in August. For more information on these courses, please visit the Khronos Group events page.

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Khronos Group announces Siggraph 2008 BOF time slots

The Khronos Group has announced the place and time of their three BOF's at Siggraph 2008 Los Angeles Convention Center. A notable addition to this update show a time and date has been set for the OpenGL BOF, on August 13th at the Wilshire Grand Hotel. Also updated are the COLLADA BOF on August 14th and the Khronos Handheld BOF, both at the LACC. To reserve your spot at any of these BOF's, sign up today on the Khronos Siggraph 2008 events page.

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OpenSceneGraph training in Paris France

Bob Kuehne of Blue Newt Software and Paul Martz of Skew Matrix Software are pleased to announce that registration is now open for three OpenSceneGraph (OSG) training courses in Paris, France, April 25-30, 2008. These three courses will provide developers with a complete OSG education.

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SGI OpenGL Programming Class posted

SGI has posted three new OpenGL course for the 2008 year. The OpenGL Programming course helps applications programmers master platform-independent graphics programming using OpenGL. Students learn to view and model in 3D, and to create animated, wire frame and solid geometry, under interactive control from input devices. Students add lighting, textures, and other effects to increase realism.

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OpenSceneGraph announces new training courses in Washing ton DC

OpenSceneGraph recently announced a new training course to be held in Washington DC. This training event is co-instructed by Bob Kuehne (Blue Newt Software) and Paul Martz (Skew Matrix Software). The training will be held in the heart of Washington DC with easy train, metro, and parking, all near the location. The three days are broken into two courses: January 22-23 will teach you everything you need to know in order to move from basic OSG usage to detailed and comprehensive library features. January 24 will cover creation and rendering of large terrain/urban databases in OSG. Registration is now on and space is limited, so don't delay, sign up today.

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