The Computer Graphics Lab at the Alexandra Institute is holding a WebGL pathtracing Christmas competition. Complete rules and guidelines are available on their website.
Amdahl Software announced it is a new member in the ARM Connected Community. Amdahl Software augments the benefits of ARM multi-core platforms by simplifying and automating software development.
Systems Tool Kit (STK) is a free 2D and 3D modeling environment for evaluating system performance. STK 10 now supports COLLADA FX.
AMD has released the V1.0 of CodeXL, a unified developer tool suite that enables developers to quickly and easily identify performance issues and programming errors in applications, without requiring source code modifications.
SIGRRAPH Asia 2012 saw the Khronos Group host several speakers at this years Khronos Educators DevU. The slides from all those presentations are now online.
OpenCL News is reporting that the new APP SDK 2.8 includes dozens of new and improved samples for OpenCL, Aparapi and C++ AMP that deliver significantly faster performance than APP SDK 2.7 – up to 2.3x faster on average in nine key benchmarks. The APP SDK 2.8 also includes a preview version of AMD’s new open source C++ template library, codename "Bolt."
The Khronos™ Group today announced the ratification and public release of an update to the OpenCL™ 1.2 specification, the open, royalty-free standard for cross-platform, parallel programming of modern processors. This backwards compatible version updates the core OpenCL 1.2 specification with bug fixes and clarifications and defines additional optional extensions for enhanced performance, functionality and robustness for parallel programming on a wide variety of platforms. There is a community feedback thread available in the OpenCL forums.
collada-viewer is a HTML5 app that brings together ColladaLoader.js, three.js, and HTML5 File API to allow easy persistent storage and loading of 3D models in the COLLADA file format.
Two OpenCL resources to help get your through the long weekend: OCL-MLA as the name implies: a mid-level set of abstractions to make OpenCL development easier by providing a set of compile-time configurable logical devices that are mapped to actual node-level device resources; SKA is a static kernel analyzer which combines a static, linear pipeline simulator (similar to the IBM spu_timing tool) with architectural heuristics to model in-order instruction issue and pipeline behavior.
Intel shared plans early on that they want OpenGL ES 3.0 for Mesa by early 2013 with the next Mesa release. OpenGL ES 3.0 has a lot of new features over the aging OpenGL ES 2.0 specification, which makes it a really worthwhile upgrade. As part of this, Intel has been working on ETC2 texture compression and other functionality for this open-source Linux graphics driver. Ian Romanick of Intel has now shared on the Mesa mailing list that in the coming days he will begin to post the GLES3 patches for review and then merge them into mainline Mesa.