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Khronos Seattle Chapter video stream now available online

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Join Khronos Seattle chapter leader Tim Reha on stage along with Joe Ludwig, developer at Valve (Khronos member), Stephanie Hurlburt co-founder of Binomial (Khronos Member), Ryan Wang from Outpost Capital, and Vinay Narayan from HTC Vive (Khronos Member).

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Blender glTF 2.0 Exporter work has begun

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Work on the Blender glTF 2.0 Exporter has officially begun. Progress can be seen on the Github repository.

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OpenCL.org restarts the GEGL-OpenCL project

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The Generic Graphics Library (GEGL) is best known as the backend for image processing software Gimp. GEGL is a graph based image processing framework that allows users to chain together image processing operations represented by nodes into a graph. It provides operations for loading and storing images, adjusting colors, filtering in different ways, transforming and compositing images. GEGL-OpenCL is an educational initiative that aims to get more developers to study and use OpenCL in their projects.

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Blog: Vulkan Runtime and Loader Security on Windows OS

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The LunarG Vulkan software development kit (SDK) provides the development and runtime components required to build, run, and debug Vulkan applications. Developers can download the LunarG Vulkan SDK from the LunarXchange website. This blog post will discuss security as it relates to the Vulkan Runtime and Loader on Windows OS.

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Khronos Releases OpenCL 2.2 With SPIR-V 1.2

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The Khronos Group announces the immediate availability of the finalized OpenCL™ 2.2 specification, incorporating industry feedback received from developers during the provisional specification review period. In addition to releasing the specification in final form, Khronos has, for the first time, released the full source of the specifications and conformance tests for OpenCL 2.2 onto GitHub to enable deeper community engagement. The conformance tests for OpenCL versions 1.2, 2.0 and 2.1 have also been released on GitHub with more open-source releases to follow. The Windsor Testing Framework, also released today, enables developers to quickly install and configure the OpenCL Conformance Test Suite on their own systems. Developers who know OpenCL C and plan to port their kernels to OpenCL C++, the OpenCL C to OpenCL C++ Porting Guidelines have been released.

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Use Glslang to Translate HLSL Shaders to SPIR-V

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Many applications porting to Vulkan also need a way to port their HLSL shaders to SPIR-V. Glslang provides a method to translate HLSL shaders to SPIR-V, which is now available and ready to use. Currently the HLSL mode of the glslang frontend is complete enough to run complex, real-world workloads such as Dota 2 and Ashes of the Singularity. It accepts shaders for any shader stage, and handles common language constructs for functions, control flow, variable and type declarations, registers and pack offsets, most DX10 and later texture methods, most intrinsic functions, most preprocessor functionality, most built-in semantics, and attributes that affect stage functionality. To learn more about the HLSL to SPIR-V translator, visit this FAQ at the glslang GitHub.

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OpenVX Workshop @EVS2017 slides and video now online

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The Khronos Group has posted the slides and video from the OpenVX workshop at the Embedded Vision Summit 2017.

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Neural Networks Need Some Translation - Invitation to Khronos NNEF Advisory Panel

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Khronos is readying a standard interchange format to map training frameworks to inference engines. The Neural Network Exchange Format (NNEF) is an open, scalable transfer format that allows engineers to move trained networks from any framework that supports the cross-vendor format into any inference engine that can read it. It’s a sort of PDF for neural networks. Khronos is extending an invitation to data scientists and engineers to take part in an NNEF advisory panel, especially people working on non-standard and novel network inferencing architectures. Participation does not require a Khronos membership and will give interested companies and individuals an opportunity to contribute and provide feedback to this important work.

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Google Summer of Code projects announced for 2017

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As mentioned on Phoronix, Google just announced GSoC 2017 Projects. Included in the list are several Khronos related projects:
• Software Renderer for Vulkan (Vulkan, SPIR-V)
• 3D Hardware Acceleration in Haiku (OpenGL)
• Cross Platform GUI for CCExtractor (OpenGL
• libosmscout: Implementation of an opengl renderer (OpenGL)
• OpenGL-accelerated Renderer for Cytoscape 3 (OpenGL)
• Improvement to WebGL core for p5.js (WebGL)
• Project Proposal-Javascript/WebGL Library For Interactive Visualization Of Large-Scale Network Graphs. (WebGL)
• WebGL improvements for p5.js (WebGL)
• Creating the fastest math libraries for Ruby by using the GPU through OpenCL and ArrayFire. (OpenCL)
• GPU Boolean Evaluation for CSG Ray-Tracing (OpenCL)
• HPXCL – Asynchronous Integration of CUDA and OpenCL to HPX (OpenCL)
• libxcam Enable a debluring feature with OpenCL Design (OpenCL)
• Speeding up functional network analysis on fMRI data with distributed, in-memory computation using Apache Spark (OpenCL)

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Vulkan Support in Mali Graphics Debugger: One Year On

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It has been over a year since ARM first announced Vulkan support in Mali Graphics Debugger (MGD) and a lot has changed. Stephen Barton writes about the current support and achievements of MGD, and also a look at what is in store. API Tracing, Asset tracking, Frame capture and the future.

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