The Khronos Group has registered the mimetype "model/vnd.collada+xml" with IANA for the COLLADA extension .dae. Mark Barnes, COLLADA Work Group Chair said "the important thing about having a MIME type for COLLADA is that it enables applications and operating systems to recognize ".dae" documents and provide a much richer and secure experience to users, especially for Web applications and browsers."
Proximal Studios is running an OpenGL Demo Challenge. The current challenge is to produce a demo featuring reflections for a platform of your choice. Advanced producers are encouraged to incorporate secondary technologies (such as a webcam) in order to facilitate viewer interaction. The demo is running from February 1st until February 28th. Complete rules and details of what are required for your submission are available on the Demo Chronicles website. The challenge is open to beginner and experienced OpenGL programmers alike.
Intel extends OpenCL support with today’s announcement of an update to the Intel® OpenCL SDK alpha version on WhatIf.intel.com. This update release brings full coverage of the OpenCL 1.1 standard to the Intel® CoreTM processors, and supports both 32-bit and 64-bit applications on windows based operation systems.
The OpenCL University Kit is a set of materials for teaching a full semester course in OpenCL programming. Each lecture includes instructor notes and speaker notes, plus code examples for lectures 2, 3, and 13. A sample application is provided for lecture 9. A number of educational institutions now offer courses in OpenCL programming to help prepare developers for the new era of heterogeneous computing.
AMD recently renamed their OpenCL Stream SDK to AMD Accelerated Parallel Processing (APP). APP is a set of advanced hardware and software technologies that enable AMD graphics processing cores (GPU), working in concert with the system’s x86 cores (CPU), to accelerate many applications beyond just graphics. This update also offers support for AMD E-Series and C-Series platforms (AMD Fusion APUs).
DMP is proud to announce two all new OpenGL ES programming training courses. OpenGL ES programming training I and II will run March 10-11 and March 17-18 2011. Complete details are available online for the Training I and Training II courses in english, and in Japanese.
AMD announced wide-ranging support of OpenGL 4.1 for Microsoft Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows XP and Linux across select ATI FirePro", ATI FireGL" and AMD Radeon" graphics cards. The new functionality is made possible with the release of the latest professional and consumer graphics drivers, ATI FirePro" and ATI FireGL" unified driver 8.801, and AMD Catalyst" 10.12, available on the AMD website.
AMD has released the FirePro v8.801 driver with full compatibility with OpenGL 4.1 on Windows and Linux. The unified driver is available for the entire current FirePro workstation graphics line (V3800, V4800, V5800, V7800, V8800 and V9800).
OpenCOLLADA was recently updated for both 3ds Max and Maya. OpenCOLLADA is a project dedicated to join efforts using COLLADA within various DCC tools like 3ds Max, Maya, Blender and a fast SDK for reading and writing COLLADA files.
SiSoftware has posted two OpenCL benchmarks online. One addresses GPGPU OpenGL performance, and the second CPU OpenGL performance. The conclusion: There is no reason not to port CUDA code to OpenCL now!