GPU tagged news

The Khronos Group announced the release of the OpenGL® 4.0 specification. This is a significant update to the most widely adopted 2D and 3D graphics API, and includes the GLSL 4.00 update to the OpenGL Shading language allowing developers to access the latest generation of GPU acceleration. OpenGL 4.0 further improves the close interoperability with OpenCL™ for accelerating computationally intensive visual applications. Among the new features: two new shader stages that enable the GPU to offload geometry tessellation from the CPU; per-sample fragment shaders and programmable fragment shader input positions; drawing of data generated by OpenGL, or external APIs such as OpenCL, without CPU intervention; shader subroutines for significantly increased programming flexibility; 64-bit double precision floating point shader operations and inputs/outputs for increased rendering accuracy and quality. Khronos has also released an OpenGL 3.3 specification, together with a set of ARB extensions, to enable as much OpenGL 4.0 functionality as possible on previous generation GPU hardware.

Graphic Remedy, a leading provider of advanced solutions for 3D graphics developers, launched gDEBugger CL at Game Developer Conference 2010. gDEBugger CL allows OpenCL™-based application developers to deliver complex parallel computing applications and significantly improve application performance. gDEBugger CL offers advanced debugging, profiling and memory analysis capabilities that reduce development time, accelerate time to market, help deploy the application on multiple platforms and boost application parallel computing performance. gDEBugger CL supports OpenGL-OpenCL interoperability and works together with gDEBugger GL to display, in a single GUI system, both OpenGL’s and OpenCL’s debugging and profiling data.

AMD announced with partners Pixelux Entertainment and Bullet Physics, it has added significant support to the Open Physics ecosystem by providing game developers with access to the newest version of the Pixelux Digital Molecular Matter (DMM), a breakthrough in physics simulation. In addition, to enabling a superior development experience and helping to reduce time to market, Pixelux has tightly integrated its technology, DMM, with Bullet Physics, allowing developers to integrate physics simulation into game titles that run on both OpenCL- and DirectCompute-capable platforms. And both DMM and Bullet work with Trinigy’s Vision Engine to create and visualize physics offerings in-game.

The Western Australian Supercomputer Program (WASP) in conjunction with iVEC and the University of Western Australia is currently running an OpenCL course during the 2010 iVEC/WASP summer school programme. The course will concentrate on teaching students the fundamentals of OpenCL with a goal towards helping students gain a fundamental understanding of OpenCL as a technology framework for enabling heterogenous parallel processing. Online slides sets are available as the course unfolds.

AMD Developer Centeral has posted the ATI Stream OpenCL Technical Overview Video Series. The series of 5 videos provides ATI Stream developers an overview of the OpenCL API and OpenCL C programming language.

Here is a summary of the videos by AMD’s Justin Hensley:

  • Video 1: What is OpenCL? (7:44)
  • Video 2: What is OpenCL? (continued) (6:37)
  • Video 3: Resource Setup (11:06)
  • Video 4: Kernel Execution (13:00)
  • Video 5: Programming with OpenCL C (17:59)

Imagination Technologies announces the POWERVR SGX545. SGX545 will support OpenGL ES 2.x and OpenGL 3.2 to deliver class leading 3D graphics performance as well as support OpenCL 1.0 full profile capability which will enable mobile and embedded applications to take maximum advantage of the capabilities offered by these GPU APIs for both 3D graphics and general purpose applications.

GPU Caps Viewer 1.8.0 is available for download. This new version adds OpenGL 3 as well as OpenCL support with a new panel and several OpenCL demos. GPU Caps Viewer is a graphics card utility for Windows. It quickly describes the essential capabilities of your graphics card including GPU type, amount of VRAM, GPU temperature, OpenGL, OpenCL and CUDA API support. I also offers OpenGL and OpenCL demos to test the latest features of your video card.

AMD announced collaborate with SiSoftware to develope one of the first industry benchmark testing suites for OpenCL. To be released by SiSoftware, the OpenCL GPGPU benchmark suite is part of SiSoftware Sandra 2010. The benchmark suite includes remote analysis, benchmarking and diagnostic features for PCs, servers, mobile devices and networks, and can be used to test OpenCL performance on ATI Stream technology.

The Khronos Groups OpenCL API was awarded Editor’s Choice Award this week, by HPCwire, at SC09. Every year at the Supercomputing Conference, HPCwire announces their Annual Readers and Editors Choice Awards. Hosted in Portland, Oregon in its 21st year, SC is recognized as the premier international conference on High Performance Computing (HPC), networking, storage and analysis.

NVIDIA launched the GeForce GT 240. The chipset uses the newer 40 nanometer manufacturing process, is low energy occupying only one slot without the need of a separate power connector. The NVIDIA GTX 240 card has 96 processing cores, 32 texture units, a 550MHz primary clock speed and can handle up to 1GB of GDDR5 memory running at 1.7GHz. The card supports OpenGL and DirectX 10-level graphics, CUDA, PhysX and OpenCL for general-purpose computing.