The Khronos Group today announced the ratification and public release of the OpenCL 2.1 and SPIR-V 1.0 specifications for heterogeneous parallel computation. Consumption of the new SPIR-V cross-API intermediate language is guaranteed in the core OpenCL 2.1 specification. Khronos has released open source utilities and extensions to enable use of SPIR-V in OpenCL 1.2 and 2.0, as well as the upcoming Vulkan graphics API, ensuring widespread availability of its powerful runtime capabilities for developers of parallel computation languages and frameworks. The OpenCL C++ kernel language released in the OpenCL 2.1 provisional specification is being finalized and will be released imminently, also using SPIR-V for run-time execution. The OpenCL 2.1 specification is available for immediate download and SPIR-V 1.0 is available online as well.
Unity has a feedback poll running on their site asking for your input on "Support for the Vulkan API on Android devices." Have your say, let them know.
Altera Corporation will be demonstrating FPGA acceleration using its leading-edge FPGAs and SoCs at Supercomputing 2015 (Booth 462), being held November 15 to 20 at the Austin Convention Center, Austin, Texas. Altera will demonstrate how the Altera software development kit (SDK) for OpenCL, combined with its portfolio of FPGAs and SoCs, can help designers achieve high-performance, power-efficient system acceleration. Altera's Michael Strickland, director in the Computer and Storage business, will also appear on a panel: SC15: Reconfigurable Supercomputing on Tuesday, November 17, from 5:30-7:00 p.m., in room 16AB.
The HPC Advisory Council and the Swiss National Supercomputing Centre (CSCS), will host the 7th HPC Advisory Council Switzerland Conference 2016 in the Lugano Convention Centre, Lugano, Switzerland, from March 21st to 23rd, 2016. The conference will deliver comprehensive education for topics such as the progress of Exascale, high-speed networks, high-performance and parallel I/O communication libraries (MPI, SHMEM, PGAS), GPU computing (CUDA, OpenCL), Big Data, HPC Cloud, OpenStack, storage and server advancements, new topologies, and hands-on training (clustering, network, troubleshooting, tuning, optimizations).
Video's from the LLVM Developers' meeting in San Jose earlier in November are now line.
Qualcomm officially unveiled its latest mobile chip, the Snapdragon 820. According to Engadget the new Snapdragon is equipped with an Adreno 530 GPU which is around 40 percent faster than the 810's graphics. The Snapdragon 820 supports both OpenGL ES up to 3.1 and OpenCL 2.0.
Jetson TX1 is the first embedded computer designed to process deep neural networks. With 1 teraflops of performance, Jetson delivers exceptional performance for machine learning, computer vision, GPU computing and graphics, while drawing very little power. Jetson TX1 includes a comprehensive SDK for embedded visual computing, including VisionWorks, an implementation of the OpenVX 1.0.1 specification with additional NVIDIA extensions as well as support for the latest graphics drivers and APIs, including OpenGL 4.5, OpenGL ES 3.1 and Vulkan.
The slides from Khronos Group President Neil Trevett at SIGASIA 2015 are now online. The WebGL course slides from SIGASIA are also online, including: Building 3D Web Applications Using WebGL; Building Google Maps on WebGL; Intro to WebGL with Three.js and WebGL 2.0.
Khronos will be on the west side of the SC15 hall in booth #285. Technical experts will be available to answer your questions and there will be OpenCL 2.1 and SYCL reference guides to give away. The Khronos BOF "Flocking Together: Experience the Diverse OpenCL Ecosystem" starts off with an overview of the OpenCL 2.1 C++ kernel language, the SYCL 2.1 abstraction layer, and SPIR. Following the presentation, attendees are invited to bring their code and their toughest questions. Attendees will have the opportunity to experiment with implementations and tools from multiple vendors across several platforms. The BoF session is geared for those experienced with OpenCL, it will also provide an opportunity for newcomers to ask questions both basic and technical of our experts from the OpenCL working group as well as those from various participating vendors. Be sure to visit the Khronos DevU tutorial "Portable programs for heterogeneous computing: a hands-on introduction" on Monday November 16th. Details on all of these events and much more are available on the official Khronos event page.
Basemark announced a new product called Basemark GPU Vulkan. This benchmarking software enables the industry to objectively and reliably quantify and compare graphics and computing performance of next generation mobile and desktop processors compatible with the new generation Vulkan API from the Khronos Group. Basemark GPU Vulkan is developed in close cooperation with key player semiconductor companies, such as AMD, Imagination Technologies, Intel, NVIDIA, Qualcomm and Renesas within Basemark’s benchmark development program.