Full backwards compatibility maintained; API specification and reference documentation available now
August 6th, 2012 – Los Angeles, SIGGRAPH 2012 – The Khronos™ Group today announced the immediate release of the OpenGL® 4.3 specification, bringing the very latest graphics functionality to the most advanced and widely adopted cross-platform 2D and 3D graphics API (application programming interface). OpenGL 4.3 integrates developer feedback and continues the rapid evolution of this royalty-free specification while maintaining full backwards compatibility, enabling applications to incrementally use new features while portably accessing state-of-the-art graphics processing unit (GPU) functionality across diverse operating systems and platforms. The OpenGL 4.3 specification contains new features that extend functionality available to developers and enables increased application performance. The full specification is available for immediate download at http://www.opengl.org/registry.
Twenty years since the release of the original OpenGL 1.0, the new OpenGL 4.3 specification has been defined by the OpenGL ARB (Architecture Review Board) working group at Khronos, and includes the GLSL 4.30 update to the OpenGL Shading Language.
New functionality in the OpenGL 4.3 specification includes:
“Developer feedback has been key to creating a faster, more capable API that meets emerging needs, such as providing a secure platform for GPU-accelerated web applications using WebGL and compute shaders that harness GPU parallelism for advanced computation,” said Barthold Lichtenbelt, working group chair of the OpenGL ARB and director of Tegra graphics at NVIDIA. “NVIDIA released beta OpenGL 4.3 drivers today, so developers can immediately use this new functionality on NVIDIA desktop GPUs.” (More information at http://www.nvidia.com/content/devzone/opengl-driver-4.3.html)
Wednesday August 8th at the JW Marriott Los Angeles at LA Live held in the Gold Ballroom, Salon 3:
|News Conference||1-2PM||Headlines of all Khronos news announcements at SIGGRAPH|
|COLLADA BOF||2-3PM||Latest community updates on the open standard for 3D asset interchange|
|OpenCL BOF||3-4PM||OpenCL 1.2 overview, utilities, vendor updates & developer perspective|
|WebGL BOF||4-5PM||Community updates, latest techniques and demos for 3D on the Web|
|OpenGL ES||5-6PM||Updates to the world’s most popular 3D API|
|OpenGL BOF||6-7PM||The latest on the OpenGL 3D ecosystem|
|OpenGL Party||7-10PM||Beer, basketball and prizes celebrating OpenGL’s 20th Anniversary|
Visit Khronos at booths #758 and #759 to see members display Khronos Group-developed technology in action.
The Khronos Group is an industry consortium creating open standards to enable the authoring and acceleration of parallel computing, graphics and dynamic media on a wide variety of platforms and devices. Khronos standards include OpenGL®, OpenGL® ES, WebGL™, WebCL™, OpenCL™, OpenMAX™, OpenVG™, OpenSL ES™, OpenVL™, StreamInput™ and COLLADA™. All Khronos members are able to contribute to the development of Khronos specifications, are empowered to vote at various stages before public deployment, and are able to accelerate the delivery of their cutting-edge media platforms and applications through early access to specification drafts and conformance tests. More information is available at www.khronos.org.
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