The Khronos Group today announced the ratification and public release of the OpenCL 1.2 specification, providing enhanced performance and functionality to the industry-standard for heterogeneous, high-performance computing. A new conformance test suite was also made available to the developer community. New features in OpenCL 1.2 include seamless sharing of media and surfaces with DirectX® 9 and 11, enhanced image support, custom devices and kernels, device partitioning and separate compilation and linking of objects. The OpenCL 1.2 specifications, online reference pages and reference cards are all available on the Khronos website.
Android released an updated version of the Android NDK bringing it to revision 7. "Android NDK r7 includes a number of build system improvements and bug fixes, but most importantly it gives you access to two new sets of APIs", wrote Xavier Ducrohet on the Android Developers Blog. The two new Khronos Group APIs are: OpenMAX AL 1.0.1 for Low-level streaming multimedia, which provides a direct, efficient path for low-level streaming multimedia; and OpenSL ES used for audio decoding into PCM. Release notes are available on the Android Developers website.
The Khronos Group will be holding an OpenCL DevU at SC11 in Seattle Washington. Please join the Khronos Group to learn the latest about OpenCL--including a significant announcement--and pick up a free reference card! The DevU will be held on Wednesday, 16 November 2011 between 5:30pm and 7:00pm in room TCC 101.
The Khronos Group is globetrotting in high gear to showcase Khronos technologies; including stops in Seattle, Daegu, Tokyo, Yokohama and Hong Kong. If you “just happen to be in the neighborhood,” we cordially invite you to drop by for a visit to learn more about our APIs. A complete schedule is available online.
ARM announced the ARM Mali-T658 GPU, the latest member of the Midgard architecture-based GPU family targeting high performance devices, such as superphones, tablets and smart-TVs. The ARM Mali-T658 GPU supports a wide range of graphics and compute APIs, including OpenGL ES, OpenVG, OpenCL, Google Renderscript, Microsoft DirectX11 and Microsoft DirectCompute.
If you are interested in know what apps currently use OpenCL, there's a resource for that. Heterogeneous Computing News, sponsored by AMD has launched an online resource center for OpenCL news and apps.
Firefox 8 adds support for a WebGL security feature: cross-origin resource sharing (CORS), which provides a secure method for loading textures from other domains.
A new interactive Web documentary from the National Film Board of Canada (NFB) lets users see online video in a whole new way. Touted as one of the world's first interactive documentaries to utilize WebGL technology to generate realistic, interactive videogame-like graphics, and also incorporate Mozilla's new Popcorn.js interactive web video technology. Mark Surman, Executive Director of the Mozilla Foundation, said it is "a prime example of the work we are doing together to empower makers and build tools that anyone can use to make awesome things happen-on the Web and in the world. It's a testament to how we are building a better Web together."
Four new OpenCL Physics Tutorials are available online for our OpenGL Graphics And Physics Framework (LGPL Licence). The new tutorials cover the following topics: OpenCL particle simulation, OpenCL particle simulation with terrain interaction, OpenCL rigid body Simulation, OpenCL rigid body Simulation with terrain interaction.