Qt 5.10 added support for ETC2 texture compression while for Qt 5.11 there is support for Khronos' KTX texture container format. The KTX file format for OpenGL and OpenGL ES allows for supporting a wider-range of compression algorithms to suit more hardware/driver options. [source: Phoronix]
AMD has released V-EZ v1.1.0 with a redesign of the API. The Vulkan API aliasing has been removed and replaced with "vez" prefixes, allowing for easier interop with native Vulkan. Support for Vulkan 1.1 SPIR-V features has been added, multiple swapchains is now supported, and applications now have finer grain control over memory allocations if needed. See the release page on github for more details.
The Khronos Group would like to welcome Mercury Systems, Inc as its newest Contributor Member. Mercury Systems, Inc. is a leading commercial provider of secure sensor and safety-critical processing subsystems. Optimized for customer and mission success, Mercury's solutions power a wide variety of critical defense and intelligence programs. Headquartered in Andover, Massachusetts, Mercury is pioneering a next-generation defense electronics business model specifically designed to meet the industry's current and emerging technology needs.
Qualcomm has released a new version of Snapdragon Profiler, the mobile performance profiling tool that runs on the Windows, Mac, and Linux platforms. The release includes various bug fixes, a new Analysis mode, new Trace metrics across various SoC subsystems, and an experimental feature allowing developers to use the latest profiler updates for graphics profiling without having to update mobile drivers. Also included are fixes for various issues in Snapshot affecting EGL images and improved metric calculations for OpenCL applications.
The Khronos Group would like to welcome Zero Latency as its newest Contributor Member. Zero Latency is the pioneer and global leader in warehouse scale, free-roam, multiplayer virtual reality entertainment, with 18 venues in 9 countries across 4 continents.
All of the presentations from the 2018 Vulkan Developer Day in Montreal, are now online. Video for this event will be posted next week. Overall, the Vulkan Developer day was a huge success. In total more than 80 people attended!
Codeplay are excited to again be attending and sponsoring the annual OpenCL conference IWOCL on the 14th – 16th May in Oxford, UK. Codeplay is looking to meet new and old faces from the OpenCL and SYCL community, so if you are attending come and say "hello". The team will be wearing their Codeplay t-shirts and hoodies and will be easy to spot. Learn more about the IWOCL conference and what Codeplay is presenting.
Intel announces the Windows Graphics Driver Version 220.127.116.1125. Included in this update is support for Vulkan 1.1. Platforms include 6th, 7th and 8th Generation Intel Core processor family as well as Apollo Lake and Gemini Lake.
Last Saturday saw the latest update to the XGL component of the AMDVLK open-source Linux Vulkan driver. This incorporates the work done internally by AMD developers on their official Vulkan driver code-base. The latest update exposes AMD_shader_ballot and AMD_gpu_shader_half_float. More details are available on the GPUOpen-Drivers repository and via this commit.