Intel announced that it has acquired RapidMind. RapidMind, a framework for expressing data-parallel computations from within C++ and executing them on multicore processors. RapidMind was founded five years ago to commercialize a University of Waterloo programming system called Sh. RapidMind will continue to sell its platform and support existing customers.
Khronos has posted the Siggraph 2009 COLLADA BOF presentation slides and the OpenGL BOF presentation slides. The OpenGL BOF slides include an overview on OpenGL 3.2, OpenGL ES, WebGL, GLSL and gDEBugger. The COLLADA slides include a COLLADA Conformance overview, COLLADA Vision, Project Wonderland, Sirikata--a next generation open source virtual world--and the COLLADA Contest Winners.
AMD announced it is now offering a free OpenCL™ for CPU beta download as part of the ATI Stream SDK v2.0 Beta Program. The beta will help programmers to more easily develop parallel software programs and take further advantage of multi-core x86 CPUs to accelerate software and deliver a better computing experience. AMD has submitted conformance logs from its Microsoft® Windows® and Linux® CPU beta releases to the Khronos Working Group for certification.
BetaNews has published a well thought out review based on the recent announcement of WebGL. Scott Fulton writes "For three-and-a-half years, the rotating cube corner has pretty much been the 'test pattern' for WebGL. But today's endorsement by the Khronos Group, responsible for OpenGL and OpenGL ES, could catapult this project from virtual stagnation into overdrive." There is also a good comment discussion on going. If you wish to comment directly to the developers of WebGL, you can do so on the Official Khronos WebGL Feedback thread.
The Khronos Group has a nice OpenGL and OpenGL Shader Language Quick Reference Card for OpenGL 3.2 and GLSL 1.5. You can download the OpenGL Quick Reference Card in PDF format today from the Khronos OpenGL spec page.
Neil Trevett, President of the Khronos Group, VP of Mobile Graphics, NVIDIA, will be talking at Pacific Graphics 2009. Pacific Graphic is an annual international conference on computer graphics and applications and provides a premium forum for researchers, developers, practitioners in the Pacific Rim and around the world to present and discuss new problems, solutions, and technologies in computer graphics and related areas.
Creative Labs announced their anticipated Zii Plaszma StemCell computing platform. The Zii Plaszma Platform is comprised of the Zii EGG StemCell Computer, ZMS-05 System Module, ZMS-05 Media Rich Applications Processor, Plaszma OS and Plaszma SDK. Features include 1080HD output, the ZMS Media Rich Applications Processor using ARM cores and enables OpenGL ES, an SDHC card slot, front facing VGA camera, rear facing HD camera, ten point Multi Gesture touch screen and a GPS receiver.
The Khronos Group has announced that the "Champion the 3D Web using COLLADA" contest has been extended to midnight July 31st 2009. For all you artists out there that either missed the contest first time round, or just didn't have time to create and submit your artwork, now is the time to enter! The contest has also been opened up to people in any country. So if you are not within the United States, you can now enter the contest. Winners will be announced during Siggraph 2009 in New Orleans.