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.
TechReport recently spoke with Neil Trevett about OpenCL, who fills positions as both the Khronos Group's President and Nvidia's VP of Embedded Content.This two page report is well written and an easy read.
AMD just published a public OpenCL Beta for the CPU, soon to be followed with support for AMD’s latest GPUs. OpenCL is a young technology and there are few documents that provide a basic introduction with examples. This article, by Benedict Gaster from AMD, helps make OpenCL easier to understand and implement.
SIO2 Interactive has released version 1.4 of its Open Source Game Engine. With an impressive list of new features the core has gone though a major optimization and now perform up to 40% faster! The SIO2_SDK comes with a set of 20 tutorials, video tutorials, documentation and online support.
Open Asset Import Library is a free library to import various well-known 3D model formats into applications. The library has been designed for maximum stability and efficiency. Written in C++, it is licensed under the BSD license. The API is provided for both C and C++, ports for other languages like Java, C# and Python are in preparation. Among many other formats supported, COLLADA is also supported.
The Champion the 3D Web using COLLADA Contest is over. The winner will be announced at Siggraph 2009 during the COLLADA BOF. Schedule details can be found on the Khronos Group Siggraph event page.