Dell Technologies is excited to join the Khronos Group and contribute to cutting-edge cross-platform development and innovation. We feel it is critical and strategic, given some of our R&D investments, that we start leading as a contributor in many of the cross-platform open standards run by the Khronos Group such as OpenXR, OpenGL, et cetera, so as to further innovation in our lines of business, whether it be content creation tools for XR in the Precision series, or better consumer experiences for VR and AR through next gen headsets and desktops/laptops.
The tutorial is primarily targeted at developers of Vulkan applications, drivers and layers, the information contained in it could be useful to anyone wanting a better understanding of the Vulkan runtime.
SDL 2.0.6 was released as the latest feature update for this widely-used library that allows for more cross-platform portability of applications and games centered around input, audio, and video helpers. SDL 2.0.6 features QNX7 support, an experimental JACK audio driver, a default Steam Controller mapping for Linux, updated game controller, and cross-platform Vulkan helpers.
In conjunction with today’s PowerVR Series 9XE and Series 9XM announcement, Imagination is revealing a new series of PowerVR-branded hardware IP blocks: the Series 2NX neural network accelerator (NNA). The 2NX also supports neural network interchange formats, such as Khronos’ NNEF. Learn more about this new PowerVR series on AnandTech.
First up, Vulkan 1.0.61 has been released, and LunarG has followed quickly with an update to their SDK (Windows, Linux). This update see four new extensions: VK_KHR_bind_memory2, VK_KHR_image_format_list, VK_KHR_maintenance2 and VK_KHR_sampler_ycbcr_conversion, as well as numerous internal fixes, as well as a few issues from the community. Next up, sharp eyed observer @mrdoob noticed that the new Apple Watch Series 3 page is using glTF.
On September 14th The Khronos Group held an online overview webinar on OpenVX 1.2. If you missed the webinar or wish to watch it again, the video and slides are now online. Be sure to register for the next Khronos Webinar "Mastering the Khronos Blender glTF 2.0 Exporter" on October 24th.
The Xilinx software defined development environment, SDAccel, is now available on Amazon Web Services for use with Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud F1 instances. SDAccel automates the acceleration of software application written in C, C++ or OpenCL by building application-specific FPGA kernels for Amazon EC2 F1.
Non-profit organization The Blender Foundation has released Blender 2.79, an update to its cross-platform, open-source 3D graphics tool. The new build further improves its Cycles Rendering feature, bringing feature parity with NVIDIA CUDA and improved performance to AMD OpenCL hardware.
A pan-European project has started this month to bring together the technologies needed for exascale computing, tackling the key challenge of power usage. The project started this month, bringing together three existing exascale projects on FPGA accelerators, interconnect and 3D chip technologies to reach performance of 10^18 operations, 10 times that of today's fasest supercomputers. At the University of Manchester they are working on OpenCL as the programming model to configure modules that can be plugged into a system as an HPC accelerator.
The Khronos Group is holding another Webinar on September 14th at 9:30AM PT. Engineers and managers interested in developing neural network inference engines and portable application that need portability across platforms and hardware should join in this free webinar. Speaking will be Radhakrishna (Radha) Giduthuri, a software architect at Advanced Micro Devices (AMD), Tomer Schwartz from Intel and Frank Brill, OpenVX Working Group Chair.