Being able to export your Spore Creatures into .dae COLLADA format was a pretty cool trick. However, you could only preview your creatures as 2D images in your browser. Over the weekend, Mozilla was hard at work, fixing a few bugs in their implementation of WebGL. Over the weekend Vladimir Vukićevićwas was also busy putting together a very cool demo that will let you view your COLLADA exported Spore Creatures in 3D, right in your browser. If you have a browser with WebGL enabled, here is the demo page in action.
The Khronos Group has expanded the OpenCL section of their public forums, giving an area for users and coders to mingle together. The forums now contain categories for beginner and advanced coders, hardware and software issues for end users, OS specific question and help, and an area to discuss SDK's, toolkits and wrappers. The Khronos Group message boards are visited by the developers behind all the Khronos API's on a regular basis, and offer the best place to get help and give help. We look forward to seeing you on the Khronos forums soon.
The Khronos Group hosted a series of OpenCL tutorials at the Hotchips 2009 event in August on high performance chips. All of these OpenCL tutorials are now online in the Khronos Developers Library. Included are tutorials from AMD, EA, Intel, Nokia, NVIDIA, and of course the Khronos Group.
NVIDIA released a new OpenCL Visual Profiler for Windows and Linux for developers. Leveraging the extensive performance instrumentation in NVIDIA's OpenCL drivers and hardware performance signals designed into NVIDIA GPUs, the OpenCL Visual Profiler provides developers with insight into performance bottlenecks and opportunities for optimization. NVIDIA also released a Best Practices guide for OpenCL.
The World's Premier Super Computing event, SC09, will hold its 22nd annual event in Portland Oregon this November. This year, more than 275 exhibitors with 40 participating for the first time, have the SC09 organizers expecting a full house at the Oregon Convention Center. One of the first time exhibitors includes the Khronos Group. The Khronos Group will have booth #242 this year and will undoubtedly be extolling the virtues of OpenCL. You will find complete details of tutorials, wokrshops and sessions on the Khronos website.
DMP has announced a new two day getting start GLSL Programming training course on October 8th and 9th 2009. The OpenGL ES roadmap has been tailored to the diverse needs of the embedded industry and contains two tracks with "1.X" and "2.X" specification roadmaps that will evolve in parallel. The 1.X roadmap will continue to be developed for new-generation fixed function 3D accelerators while the 2.X roadmap will enable emerging programmable 3D pipelines.This course introduce the world of programmable pipeline by explaining basic topics of the GLSL(OpenGL Shading Language) which is a core feature of OpenGL ES 2.x and OpenGL 2.x.
With the launch of Snow Leopard this Friday, now is the time to start getting revved up for some of the new technologies coming with this release. One of them, OpenCL. MacResearch.org has done a great overview of what OpenCL is and a beginners tutorial on how it works and how to use it.
AMD Architect Benedict Gaster recently wrote an 'Hello World' tutorial providing a simple introduction to OpenCL. "OpenCL is a young technology, and, while a specification has been published, there are currently few documents that provide a basic introduction with examples. This article helps make OpenCL easier to understand and implement."
If you missed the "Beyond Programmable Shading" courses at Siggraph 2009, or you missed Siggraph 2009 altogether, no worries: the course notes and PDF slide presentations are now available online compliments of the Institute for Data Analysis and Visualization at UCDavis University of California. Aaron Lefohn from Intel and Mike Houston from AMD organized these courses which included experts on advanced rendering, graphics hardware, and parallel computing for graphics. Panelists from the Q&A were from DICE, Epic Games, Stanford Univeristy, Chalmers University and MIT.
The Khronos Group will be participating at this years ARM techcon3 conference in Santa Clara on October 23rd. The presentation is scheduled for Friday October 23rd from 3 - 3:45PM in Room 207. Exact details of the talk are forthcoming.