The Khronos Group today announced the creation of two standardization initiatives to address the growing industry interest in the deployment and acceleration of neural network technology. Firstly, Khronos has formed a new working group to create an API independent standard file format for exchanging deep learning data between training systems and inference engines. Work on generating requirements and detailed design proposals for the Neural Network Exchange Format (NNEF™) is already underway, and companies interested in participating are welcome to join Khronos for a voice and a vote in the development process. Secondly, the OpenVX™ working group has released an extension to enable Convolutional Neural Network topologies to be represented as OpenVX graphs and mixed with traditional vision functions. Read the press release about both of these Neural Network Standard Initiatives.
Blender 2.78 comes with lots of improvements to the Cycles render engine, including support for CPU groups, support for Nvidia GTX 10×0, along with better support for Nvidia GTX 980 Ti and Nvidia Titan X GPUs, OpenCL and CUDA memory improvements.
Unity today rolled out their first public preview of their Vulkan renderer for this popular cross-platform game engine.
Khronos is pleased to present a full-day workshop on Vulkan in the upcoming DevU in Seoul, Korea. This session will go in depth into Vulkan, providing you with an important overview, then quickly diving deep beyond the basics into its use and structure, followed by a few case studies with code walkthroughs. There will be ample opportunity to speak with the instructors both during, and after the event in a social get together. This DevU session will be taught by Khronos working group members who specialize in Vulkan and who participated in its creation. Beginners are welcome, but the session is intended for experienced developers with knowledge of 3D graphics and rendering. In addition to a full day of Vulkan training, the session will include all course materials, a Vulkan Quick Reference Guide, a Vulkan t-shirt, and a buffet lunch. For more information and to register your spot, please visit the DevU session page.
The recent announcement covers the new XM6 DSP, CEVA's new set of imaging and vision software libraries, a set of new hardware accelerators and integration into the CDNN2 ecosystem. XM6 will support OpenCL and C++ development tools, and the software elements include CEVA's computer vision, neural network and vision processing libraries with third-party tools as well.
The Khronos Group today issued a request for quotes to create a series of Vulkan tutorials that will demonstrate efficient use of the core Vulkan API across a range of GPU architectures. The tutorials must consist of example code and associated documentation. It should be possible to guide an audience of experienced 3D graphics developers through a given tutorial in a classroom environment within an hour. Details online here.
This 90-minute 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 Video and Slide deck from the webinar is now available online.
Looking for help with glTF, the Khronos gl Transmission Format? Stack overflow makes it a little bit easier to find glTF questions and answers with a glTF tag.
The Khronos London Chapter has launched their official WebGL Workshop website. The site has a great and growing collection of tutorials and examples. If you are interested in learning WebGL and are in the London UK area, be sure to join the Meetup group and check out their website.
Don’t miss the Vulkan deep-dive webinar on Tuesday September 27th at 10am PDT. 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.