The Khronos Group today announced the availability of the official conformance test suite for the OpenCL 2.0 specification, making it possible for implementers to certify that their implementations are officially conformant thorough the Khronos OpenCL Adopters Program. Khronos has also released a set of header files for OpenCL 2.0 and an updated specification with a number of clarifications and corrections to the specification first released in November 2013. The specification, header files and links to the Khronos Adopters site and feedback forums are available online.
The Khronos Group today announced the release of SYCL 1.2 as a provisional specification to enable community feedback. SYCL is a royalty-free, cross-platform abstraction layer that enables the development of applications and frameworks that build on the underlying concepts, portability and efficiency of OpenCL, while adding the ease-of-use and flexibility of C++. Feedback is welcome and encouraged on the official feedback forum.
The new Soft Kitty OpenGL ES 3.0 demo shows that, with our latest PowerVR Series6 GPUs, it is possible to render animated fur covered characters in real time on mobile devices. The final demo runs at >30fps at resolutions higher than Full HD driven by a PowerVR Rogue GPU. Soft Kitty will also be on display at the Imagination booth (#402) at GDC 2014.
The International Workshop on OpenCL (IWOCL) brings together leading OpenCL experts from academia and industry, including many members of the OpenCL Khronos work group. Presenting at the second annual workshop 12-13 May 2014 at Bristol University England will be Altera, Qualcomm, ARM, Intel and ArrayFire. As well there will be keynotes from Adobe and Neil Trevett, Khronos President and OpenCL work group chair. The complete schedule and registration is online.
DrawElements has released the new test module for OpenGL ES 3.1. It offers functional tests for many of the critical OpenGL ES 3.1 features. The coverage of the module will increase rapidly with more tests and additional test types, such as performance tests, after the initial release.
The Khronos Group DevU sessions at GDC 2014 are happening this week. We're looking forward to seeing everyone for lots of learning, prizes and refreshments. Complete details are online for our 7 DevU sessions. The sessions will take place on the 19th and 20th of March as well a joint press conference with the PC Gaming Alliance on March 19th. This not to be missed 2 day event is packed with lots of guest speakers from many companies. Seating is reserved and signup pages are available for each session here: OpenCL, OpenVX, OpenGL ES, OpenGL, WebCL, COLLADA, WebGL.
ANTFARM, a consumer robotics company, has started a kickstarter for a book about multi-core computing. One that removes the ambiguity around Multi Core processors and More Importantly training people to Program the Multi Core processors of the Future. The Kickstarter goal is a modest one of $5,000 by April 3rd, 2014.