Intel is holding a two event in Isreal next week with lots of OpenCL and OpenGL discussions planned. The interaction among advanced compilation techniques, modern processor and computing architectures, and associated tools continues to face new challenges and opportunities. The main focus of this conference is the interaction of compiler technologies, processor and computing architectures and tools to address the latest programming environments and demands.
The AMD CodeXL 1.3 release which includes many updates including remote GPU profiling and debugging. Bolt, an STL compatible C++ template library for creating data-parallel applications using C++ (no C++ AMP / OpenCL code required) has also been updated. AMD APP SDK has also been updated to v2.9. APP SDK 2.9 now includes 2 new features which are currently in Beta.
For the third consecutive year, AMD invites computing innovators, developers and researchers in the rapidly growing field of heterogeneous computing to submit their latest work and research findings in the form of archival presentations for AMD’s annual developer summit. There will be 20 Khronos Group related talks this year covering WebCL, OpenCL, OpenGL and WebGL.
The presentation slides from a 3 hour workshop offering a rapid tour of the current GPU Compute landscape with a focus on mobile and ARM® Mali™ GPUs in particular are now online. OpenCL™ and RenderScript API were looked at fairly closely.
The Khronos Group is sponsoring this years AEC Hackathon, which starts today. A first for the Architecture, Engineering, Construction Industry, the AEC Hackathon is a non-profit event that creates on-the-spot teams of Silicon Valley technologists and industry stakeholders to shape the future of our built environment.
Windows 7 users will enjoy the benefits of Internet Explorer 11, including WebGL, starting on today. IE11 for Windows 7, available for download in 95 countries, includes the same performance, security and stability improvements that Windows 8.1 has enjoyed the past few weeks. WebGL is supported giving developers more flexibility to create highly visual sites. IE11 also supports HTML5 drag-and-drop as well as device awareness — so a web developer can create a site that knows the orientation of the device it's running on.
For those interested, complimentary access to all APU 13 keynote sessions is available by registering online, in limited numbers while quantities last. Notable keynote speakers include: Dr. Lisa Su, senior vice president and general manager, Global Business Units, AMD; Johan Andersson, technical director, DICE; Dominic Mallinson, vice president, research and development, Sony; and Mark Papermaster, chief technology officer, AMD. The Developer summit will feature 20 Khronos related sessions on WebGL, OpenCL, WebCL and of course, OpenGL
MulticoreWare has been instrumental in help push more than fifty commits into the core code-base today for the LibreOffice open-source office suite. These commits are work on support for "GPU Calc" to take advantage of OpenCL for various math spreadsheet calculations. The OpenCL changes should be apart of the LibreOffice 4.2 release due out in late January or early February.
Amazon launched a new type of instance for its EC2 cloud computing platform that is specifically designed for applications that require 3D graphics capabilities. Using these new instances, Amazon argues, its users can now “build high-performance DirectX, OpenGL, CUDA, and OpenCL applications and services without making expensive up-front capital investments.” Amazon is making two of these new GPU instance types available for now. The g2.2xlarge version comes with 15 GB memory, 60 GB of local storage, 26 EC2 Compute Units (that’s an Intel Sandy Bridge processor running at 2.6 GHz) and a single NVIDIA Kepler GK104 graphics card (with 1536 CUDA cores). The larger cg1.4xlarge version comes with 22 GB of memory, 1690 GB of local storage, 33.5 EC2 Compute Units and two NVIDIA Tesla “Fermi” M2050 GPUs.
With the APP SDK 2.9 release and OpenCV 2.4.7 just around the corner, OpenCL is picking up even more momentum and making OpenCV even more attractive. OpenCV 2.4.7 expands the already significant capabilities of OpenCL, inside OpenCV. A very noteworthy addition is expanding the OpenCL implementation into the Machine Learning module, accelerating in OpenCL the Support Vector Machine functionality, and opening the door to multiple recognition and classification tasks. During the OpenCV session at APU13, AMD will go over in more detail the various developments and enhancements in OpenCV.