The Khronos Milano Chapter is thrilled to renew the collaboration with Microsoft Italia, organizing the Fall Edition of Milan's most popular event showing the new frontiers for Virtual, Augmented and Mixed Reality technologies. On November 14, VR enthusiasts, advocates, creators, users and consumers will have the chance to experience a unique blend of networking, demonstrations of cutting edge technology and presentations by leading VR experts. Be sure to checkout the complete lineup of upcoming Chapter events.
Be sure to join AJ Guillon, Yetiware and Yassine Hariri, PhD, CMC Microsystems tomorrow November 8th for the webinar 'Introducing HCMP'. As heterogeneity increases, the gap between the application layer and the hardware layer increased as well. To reduce this gap, we introduce a heterogeneous computing middleware platform (HCMP), which provides middleware that significantly reduces the complexity of developing industrial-strength heterogeneous computing software. Complex tasks such as multi-device memory management, device I/O, kernel scheduling, and dependency management are handled by the platform so that users can focus on writing their applications instead of adhering to complicated specifications.
OpenCOLLADA for Maya 2018 on Windows 64 has been released. Version 1.6.59 was released on August 30th for Max 2018. Binaries are now provided for Max and Maya in versions: 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018. If you find any issues, please contribute on the OpenCOLLADA Github repository.
Join CMC Microsystems and AJ Guillon, chair of the Khronos OpenCL Safety Critical (SC) TSG and founder of YetiWare, on November 8th. This webinar will discuss how to reduce the gap between the application layer and the hardware layer by introducing a heterogeneous computing middleware platform (HCMP), which provides middleware that significantly reduces the complexity of developing industrial-strength heterogeneous computing software using an OpenCL programming model.
The Khronos Group will be holding a two hour tutorial at the Embedded Systems Conference '17 in December. Attendees will gain an understanding of the architecture of Khronos standards for computer vision and neural networks; getting fluent in actually using OpenVX and NNEF for real-time computer vision and neural network inference tasks.
The Qt Company, a Khronos member, has recently announce Qt 5.10 Beta. A few new features with Qt 5.10 include initial support for Vulkan and a preview of Qt WebGL Streaming Plugin. ICS has posted a blog to walk you through the new WebGL feature.
The Khronos Group is presenting today Mastering the Khronos Blender glTF 2.0 Exporter webinar. Open to all, the webinar will be held online on at 10am Pacific time. This 1-hour webinar will be presented by the people who developed the exporter, and we’ll of course end with a Q&A session. glTF 2.0.
PerfDoc is a Vulkan layer which aims to validate applications against the Mali Application Developer Best Practices Guide. Just like the LunarG validation layers, this layer tracks your application and attempts to find API usage which is discouraged. PerfDoc focuses on checks which can be done up-front, and checks which can portably run on all platforms which support Vulkan. The intended use of PerfDoc is to be used during development to catch potential performance issues early. The layer will run on any Vulkan implementation, so Mali-related optimizations can be found even when doing bringup on desktop platforms. Just like Vulkan validation layers, errors are reported either through VK_EXT_debug_report to the application as callbacks, or via console/logcat if enabled. Dynamic checking (i.e. profiling) of how an application is behaving in run-time is not currently in the scope of PerfDoc. Some heuristics in PerfDoc are based on "arbitrary limits" in case where there is no obvious limit to use. These values can be tweaked later via config files if needed. Some checks which are CPU intensive (index scanning for example), can also be disabled by the config file. Please visit the GitHub repository for PerfDoc.
Mozilla announced a new development program for Mixed Reality that will expand its work in Virtual Reality (VR) and Augmented Reality (AR) for the web. There is a draft WebXR API proposal, which uses WebGL, for providing access to both augmented and virtual reality devices.
Last year, Intel acquired FPGA-focused Khronos member Altera. Intel has now announced a new line of hybrid chips that combine FPGAs with their well-known CPUs. One of the more interesting aspects of the new Intel FPGA ecosystem is the Acceleration Stack, an OpenCL based programming environment that can be used by developers for hybrid cards or discrete cards, including FPGAs, CPUs, and GPUs. The stack abstracts the programming required for the FPGAs to streamline and speed up development for accelerators and applications being used. Additionally, it allows for code to be reusable — porting between FPGAs/GPU/CPU should be possible without major changes. OpenCL, a C based programming language, will. This is quite the opposite of what had been available when Intel released the E600C seven years ago.