The Khronos UK Chapter recently held a meetup sponsored by Samsung UK R&D and in collaboration with Imperial College London. The speaker videos and slide presentations are now online: Moving Forward with Vulkan by Chris Hebert (NVIDIA), Prepare ahead, avoid surprise by Michael Worcester (Imagination), Intro to The Khronos Group and Overview of Vulkan & Swapchains, Unchained! by @alonorbach (Samsung) and Moving to SPIR-V Shaders Neil Hickey from #ARM presents.
Android N Developer Preview 2 is now out with support for Vulkan. With Android N, Vulkan is now part of the platform; you can try it out on supported devices running Developer Preview 2. Learn more about Vulkan support with the Android 'NDK', and on the Android Developers Blog 'Optimize, Develop, and Debug with Vulkan Developer Tools'.
Khronos is proud to be a sponsor of the Embedded Vision Summit on May 2-4 2016 in Santa Clara, CA. The Khronos OpenVX working group will be running an in-depth OpenVX tutorial at this highly focused event. The OpenVX workshop is being held on the final day of the Embedded Vision Summit, and includes tutorials on the OpenVX architecture, a hands-on lab to try out real-world examples of OpenVX acceleration, and tips to deploy OpenVX in your own applications and products.
Google has released the latest Android Studio 2.0, the official IDE for Android development. Among many of the improvements is an added a preview of the new GPU Debugger. For graphics intensive applications, you can now visually step through your OpenGL ES code to optimize your app or game.
NVIDIA has made available its 364.91 beta Vulkan GeForce graphics driver, which updates Vulkan API to 1.0.8, improves pipeline creation performance and multi-threaded scaling, and fixes minor driver and SPIR-V compiler bugs.
Intel has updated the API without Secrets: Introduction to Vulkan with Part 2 - Swap Chain, and Part 3 - First Triangle. As with previous installments, all of the sample code can be found on Github.
Are you a product designer working with 3D modeling or printing? Join "Khronos WebGL Milano" & "I Love 3D" at Autodesk on April 15th in Milan at the heart of Zona Tortona to learn more about turning ideas into reality with the new tools now available to designers. Spaces for The Future of Making Things are limited to 30 participants. Please register on the Milano Chapter page. Check out our complete list of upcoming Khronos Chapter meet ups around the world.
Khronos Group members Xilinx and IBM announced they will be enabling FPGA-based acceleration within the SuperVessel OpenPOWER development cloud. Development of performance demanding applications including big data analytics and machine learning is enabled by the Xilinx SDAccel Development Environment, hosted in SuperVessel. SDAccel allows application developers to describe their algorithms in OpenCL, C, and C++ and compile directly to Xilinx FPGA-based acceleration boards. The hosted environment will make FPGA-based application development faster and more accessible to a broad global community of developers.
At Adobe Max: The Creativity Conference, Adobe confirmed that they will be providing enhanced 3D support for Photoshop CC, including the ability to read COLLADA rigging and animation data. COLLADA Rigging Support: Users can import animation and rigging data from COLLADA files, and continue to paint, finish or refine 3D objects. You can also leverage the existing animation data and Photoshop Timeline to create promotional videos.
Tweaktown talked to Martin Best, Mozilla's Director of Platform Product Management about the future of WebGL and gaming in the browser. Martin says "We have been working to improve the performance, reach and capability of WebGL. WebGL 2 is in development and already in Firefox Nightly for testing." Read the entire interview.