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Basemark acquires benchmark business unit from Rightware

Rightware, leading provider of user interface solutions, has on May 1st divested its benchmarking business to Basemark Ltd. Basemark has created an independent and focused testing software powerhouse that is able to serve its numerous corporate customers better than being a part of Rightware. Basemark's patented software technology consists of various SoC, GPU and device testing tools that have become industry standard, such as Basemark ES, Basemark OS and Basemark X. Basemark ES 3.1 is the 4th generation of the popular OpenGL ES benchmark for graphics performance comparisons of OpenGL ES 3.1 enabled devices. Rightware will continue to focus extending its world leading position in automotive HMI solutions.

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OpenCL Code Analyzer in Intel INDE Update 2

The new OpenCL Code Anlayzer, a feature of Intel INDE OpenCL Code Builder, adds performance analysis capabilities integrated in Microsoft Visual Studio OpenCL development environment. With this new feature the OpenCL Code Builder now supports each state of the OpenCL code development, enables developer to carry on performance optimizations in each step of the development from build, to debug, and to tuning and get the best out of Intel Graphics Compute capabilities. OpenCL Code Builder in conjunction with Intel INDE Platfrom Analyzer now enables tuning features for OpenCL applications like:

- Application level profiling
- Platform level timeline view
- Platform performance counters
- Correlate CPU & GPU activities
- Kernel hot-spots analysis

For full description of the OpenCL Code Builder and Analyzer features watch this 2 min video.

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OpenCL Eases Development of Computer Vision Software for Heterogeneous Processors

The Embedded Vision Alliance has published an in-depth overview of OpenCL, jointly published by some Khronos Group members. Please note that a free registration is required to view the entire article.

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IWOCL: Developer Feedback Session on Khronos OpenCL, SYCL and SPIR-V - May 12-13 2015

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This >a href="http://www.iwocl.org/conf-2015/the-future-of-heterogeneous-compute-apis-a-developer-feedback-session-on-khronos-opencl-sycl-and-spir-v/">special FREE to attend IWOCL 2015 session will kick-off with a technical presentation of the new features of OpenCL 2.1 followed by a developer feedback session covering OpenCL 2.1, SYCL and SPIR-V. This session provides developers with an opportunity help drive future development of the OpenCL related APIs. During the session you will have the opportunity to provide your feedback to key members of the Khronos specification working groups, fellow developers and a select group of OpenCL vendors.

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Movidius Raises $40 Million in Funding to Accelerate Adoption of Visual Sensing in the IoT

Khronos Group member Movidius continues to scale its R&D team, appointed new members to its Technical Advisory Board, collaborated with new customers and partners, such as Google for its Project Tango device, and launched the next generation of its vision processor for mobile and connected devices. Movidius is one of many Khronos Group members working on the OpenVX API.

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The 3D Web Fest to Feature Live Presentations of Interactive Web Experiences

The 3D Web Fest is coming to San Francisco on May 13th, bringing together designers, artists, developers and technologists to celebrate the best of the 3D web. The lineup of artists and producers will feature work from leading creative coders in the field including Isaac Cohen, Mate Steinforth, Weidong Yang, and many others, which will be shown during live screening presentations. The 3D Web Fest’s web-based project showcase offers up a compelling blend of art and technology, exhibiting what’s possible with the advent of 3D Web in a film festival format and club atmosphere. Tickets are now available.

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OpenCL: The Hardware Evolution and the Software Revolution, Seminar in Toronto

AJ Guillon will be presenting the upcoming Fields Institute Working Lunch Seminar on OpenCL this April 28th 2015. This talk will motivate the OpenCL standard and present its opportunities and challenges. A survey of performance gains and energy savings will be provided so that the potential of the parallel heterogeneous compute era can be understood. The recent announcements from Khronos at GDC 2015, including Vulkan and OpenCL 2.1, will be echoed. AJ Guillon is a Khronos member and actively contributed to the new OpenCL C++ kernel language, provisionally released as part of OpenCL 2.1. In order to attend, you must register by April 26th.

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IWOCL 2015 OpenCL Developer Advanced Tutorial

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The organisers of IWOCL, the International Workshop on OpenCL, announced that AMD and HP have sponsored the Advanced Hands-On OpenCL Tutorial that will kick-off IWOCL 2015. The tutorial, which will focus on advanced OpenCL concepts, is an extension of the highly successful 'Hands on OpenCL' course which has received over 3,000 downloads. Simon McIntosh-Smith, Senior Lecturer in High Performance Computing and Architectures at the University of Bristol and one of the authors of the original open-source course will lead the tutorial. The full-day Advanced Hands-On OpenCL tutorial takes place on Monday 11th May at the Li Ka Shing Center, Stanford University. Registration is $145. For additional information visit the official website.

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Red Hat joins The Khronos Group

Red Hat's Christian Schaller posted a blog entry announcing their Khronos Membership. "The reason we are joining is because of all the important changes that are happening in Graphics and GPU compute these days and our wish to have more direct input of the direction of some of these technologies" wrote Christian.

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High-performance Visualisation Using OpenGL/WebGL at International Symposium in Australia

Dr Tomasz Bednarz currently works as a Principal Research Fellow at the QUT Science and Engineering Faculty, and finds time to run the Brisbane GPU Meet-up group and the Khronos Brisbane Chapter. Tomasz will be giving a workshop on High-performance Visualisation Using OpenGL/WebGL. This workshop will provide introduction to OpenGL and will include introductions and hands-on exercises to basic concepts of hardware rendered graphics, shader language and WebGL. Short introductions to OpenCL and new Vulkan APIs will be also showcased.

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