Nikkei Electronics Magazine of Japan has watched Khronos Group's newest API "OpenCL" since its working group established in June 2008. They had a reporter attend the first technical session of OpenCL at SC08 in Austin, Texas. View this news article in Japanese. Account is required.
Users of Microsoft® Robotics Developer Studio 2008 will be able incorporate 3D CAD models designed in SolidWorks® software to simulate their operation more accurately. Developers will be able to correct any issues in their robotic application early on to maximizing the robots’ performance. The solution is possible because both applications support COLLADA for rendering 3D objects and for motion.
Apple first announced at this past June’s Worldwide Developer Conference that OpenCL would be a linchpin of the next major OS X release, code-named Snow Leopard. OpenCL’s addition to the Mac OS would, according to Apple, allow applications to “tap into the vast gigaflops of GPU computing power previously available only to graphics applications.” The OpenCL standard was pushed out in six months. “If you go to some other larger standards bodies, it’s quite normal for a standard to take five years or more,” Neil Trevett, president of the Khronos Group said. “That’s quite commonplace. You actually have to really push to get it down to eighteen months. Our record was 12 months, up to now; we’ve done this one in six.”
The Khronos Group invites everyone to attend the free Khronos DevU sessions at SIGGRAPH ASIA 2008.
Adobe announced it would develop optimized versions of its AIR and Flash 10 apps for ARM11 and Cortex processors. The partnership specific to ARM includes a combination of chipmakers such including Broadcom, Freescale, NVIDIA, Samsung and Texas Instruments. This version will use both a newer and faster generation of ARM processors as well as OpenGL ES 2.0-capable graphics hardware to handle tasks that were previously impractical for lower-performance devices.
ALT Software, the leading provider of advanced graphics software for safety-critical embedded systems, announced the launch of OpenGL SC support for the ATI Mobility Radeon™ X1400 graphics processor unit (GPU) from AMD. Building on the success of its certifiable OpenGL driver libraries for the ATI Mobility Radeon™ 9000, and developed as a part of ALT Software's continued commitment to supporting the AMD Embedded GPU roadmap, this OpenGL SC software stack enables embedded system integrators and OEMs to deploy highly complex graphical user interfaces in next generation avionics applications
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HPCwire has posted a blog on the fast paced OpenCL efforts underway at the Khronos Group. Version 1.0 of OpenCL is currently scheduled to be released in early December at SIGGRAPH Asia 2008 in Singapore. "If they succeed, that's got to be some kind of industry spec development record -- basically from prototype to final in 6 months" wrote Michael Feldman, editor of HPCwire. Khronos will be presenting an OpenCL technical briefing and reception at SC08 on Monday, November 17. Anyone who is interested can attended at no charge. Appetizers and cold beer will be provided!
OpenCL is an open, royalty-free standard being created by the Khronos Group for programming heterogeneous parallel computing across GPUs and CPUs. OpenCL is being driven by industry-leading companies including AMD, Apple, ARM, Codeplay, Ericsson, Freescale, Imagination Technologies, IBM, Intel, Nokia, NVIDIA, Motorola, RapidMind and Texas Instruments. This informal gathering will provide one of the first opportunities for the HPC community to gain an insight into the architecture and direction of this exciting development. Please register early as seating is limited - we look forward to seeing you in Austin!