The Khronos Group, an open consortium of leading hardware and software companies, today announced it is launching a new Safety Critical working group to develop open graphics and compute acceleration standards for markets that require system safety certification. Khronos previously developed the OpenGL® SC 1.0 specification that defined a safety critical subset of OpenGL ES 1.0. The new working group will adapt more recent Khronos standards including OpenGL ES with programmable shaders, and the new generation Vulkan™ API for high-efficiency graphics and compute. Work on detailed proposals is already underway, and companies interested to participate are welcome to join Khronos for a voice and a vote in the development process.
In order to address some of the sources of CPU overhead and provide developers with more explicit control over rendering, we’ve been working to bring a new 3D rendering API, Vulkan™, to Android. Like OpenGL™ ES, Vulkan is an open standard for 3D graphics and rendering maintained by Khronos. We’ll be working hard to help create, test, and ship Vulkan, but at the same time, we’re also going to contribute to and support OpenGL ES. As a developer, you’ll be able to choose which API is right for you: the simplicity of OpenGL ES, or the explicit control of Vulkan. We’re committed to providing an excellent developer experience, no matter which API you choose. Vulkan is still under development, but you’ll be able to find specifications, tests, and tools once they are released online.
Imagination is partnering with Google to demonstrate an advanced prototype of the new Vulkan graphics API on Android. The Gnome Horde demo will be unveiled during a presentation at SIGGRAPH 2015 and runs on the PowerVR GPU inside the Nexus Player device from Google. Gnome Horde is designed to showcase the capability of Vulkan to meet the needs of the Android graphics developer community. The article below offers a complete technical description of the demo, including a video and multiple screenshots illustrating how Vulkan on PowerVR leads to improvements in performance and energy consumption.
To coincide with the release of OpenGL 2015 ARB extensions and OpenGL ES 3.2, NVIDIA is pleased to announce our OpenGL 2015 beta drivers are available for immediate download for Windows and Linux. Further details and driver downloads are available at the NVIDIA OpenGL website.
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The Khronos Group today announced the ratification and public release of the Khronos Data Format Specification 1.0. This new standard provides precise mechanisms to generate machine-readable format descriptions of repetitive data, such as pixels, enabling standards and software to cleanly communicate and interoperate. This royalty-free specification will be used across multiple Khronos API initiatives, and is open to be used by third party standards and applications.
The Khronos Group SIGGRAPH schedule has been posted online. This year Khronos brings four BOFs to the BOF Blitz, a Chapter meetup and a course a party! Khronos is celebrating it's 15th Anniversary this year, and what a year it's turning out to be. BOFs include OpenVX & OpenCL, OpenCL, SYCL & SPIR-V, WebGL and glTF and Vulkan, OpenGL, OpenGL ES.
The Khronos Group has added another Request For Quote (RFQ). This one is to update the glTF three.js loader on GitHub to reflect the latest versions of the glTF specification and three.js library, and to drive feedback into the final glTF 1.0 specification. Complete details for glTF, OpenGL ES, SPIR-V and OpenVX RFQs available online.
Renesas Electronics Corporation introduced the ADAS Starter Kit based on Renesas’ high-end R-Car H2 System on Chip (SoC) and developed to help simplify and speed the development of advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) applications. The new ADAS Starter Kit is capable of delivering more than 25,000 DMIPS and provides state-of-the-art 3D graphics capabilities and powerful vision processing cores. The R-Car H2 is powered by the ARM Cortex A-15 quad-core configuration running an additional ARM Cortex A-7 quad-core. It also features the Imagination Technologies PowerVR Series6 G6400 GPU which supports both OpenGL ES 2.0 and OpenGL ES 3.0.