Google's recently announced Android 4.0 platform, and related Ice Cream Sandwich SDK, include many new media capabilities. One very nice addition is the introduction for low-level streaming multimedia. To support this low-level streaming, the platform introduces a new native API based on the Khronos OpenMAX AL 1.0.1 API. This API is implemented on the same underlying services as the platform’s existing OpenSL ES API, so developers can make use of both APIs together if needed. Tools support for low-level streaming multimedia will be available in an upcoming release of the Android NDK. Learn more about OpenMAX AL on the Khronos Group website.
The Lightweight Java Game Library (LWJGL) is a solution aimed directly at professional and amateur Java programmers alike to enable commercial quality games to be written in Java. LWJGL provides developers access to high performance crossplatform libraries such as OpenGL, OpenCL, and OpenAL, allowing for state of the art 3D games and 3D sound. Additionally LWJGL provides access to controllers such as Gamepads, Steering wheel and Joysticks.
Hot on the heals of Android 4.0, Google released Ice Cream SDK. Bringing a slew of changes and improvements, including TextureView object. Developers can directly integrate OpenGL ES textures as rendering targets in a UI hierarchy, making it easy to embed camera preview, decoded video and OpenGL game scenes.TextureView can be viewed as a more powerful version of the existing SurfaceView object, since it offers the same benefits of access to a GL rendering surface, with the added advantage of having that surface participate fully in the normal view hierarchy. The camera also sees some improvements with the addition of high-performance transformation filters allowing developers to apply rich effects to any image passed as an OpenGL ES 2.0 texture.
Carlos Sánchez de La Lama announced Portable OpenCL on the LLVM development list. The Portable OpenCL project is self-described as "an open source implementation of the OpenCL standard which can be easily adapted for new targets. One of the goals of the project is improving performance portability of OpenCL programs, avoiding the need for target-dependent manual optimizations. A "native" target is included, which allows running OpenCL kernels on the host (CPU)." The source code is available online.
Opera Software took the hardware acceleration plunge today with the release of its first alpha version of Opera 12, code-named Wahoo. Opera uses hardware for everything its Vega display engine handles--font display, CSS (Cascading Style Sheets) effects, Canvas 2D graphics, and WebGL 3D graphics.
OCLTools is a powerful, yet compact, suite of tools that provides developers with more alternatives to kernel compilation. OCLTools enables you to eliminate costly kernel compilation time from the runtime of your application. With OCLTools developers can embed the source code of their kernels (clear text or encrypted) directly into their program binaries eliminating the need to distribute kernel source code in the open while still maintaining the flexibility of runtime compilation.
The OpenCLNews.com website is a community for professionals in OpenCL and Heterogeneous Computing using Open Standards. The basic charter of the OpenCL News site is to promote awareness of the OpenCL and Heterogeneous Computing using Open Standards) and to engage customers through understanding how they want the APIs to evolve.
Ellie Goulding Lights offers a glimpse into the capabilities of WebGL.
David Kanter at Real World Technologies was written an in-depth introduction to OpenCL. Starting with the general history of OpenCL, David covers the execution and memory model, and finished up with a good recap and glossary. An excellent read for the beginner to intermediate OpenCL developer.
When it comes to high-performance computing applications, OpenMP has long been the standard open-source API for the job. However, OpenCL is now emerging as a new challenger in the HPC space. According to Evans' Data Corp., OpenCL is now the second most popular HPC tool with almost 28% of developers using OpenCL, ahead of Intel's Threading Building Blocks (Source: AMD slideset). Evans also shows OpenCL adoption has increased since 2009. AMD has decided to step up its game by releasing optimization and development tools that fill in the gaps it sees in the OpenCL ecosystem.