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.
Petapath is actively using OpenCL for internal development purposes. "With only a single public Beta of a GPU OpenCL driver available it’s certainly early days for using OpenCL in earnest. Even the OpenCL forum at the Khronos Goup has a limited amount of traffic from users (but people who are working hard on OpenCL are definitely there to help)." says the Petapath website. Petapath is going to start posting comments and experiences they've had with OpenCL. Petapath has also created an OpenCL Twitter Twibe on which they will post interesting news, links and related information. The Khronos Group is also on twitter.
Jon Peddie has issued a press release stating that 2010 will show the graphics industry making a spectacular comeback, after the dismal 2009 year. "Architectural changes like Intel's Nehalem and new product introductions from AMD, ATI, Intel, and Nvidia are going to be disruptive to the status quo" says Jon Peddie. Snow Leopard and Windows 7 will also act as a catalyst to spur on the continuing expansion of GPGPU, otherwise known as GPU compute. OpenCL along with DirectX and NVIDIA's CUDA will go even further in making the GPU a "serious, economical, and powerful coprocessor in all level of PCs."
The Khronos Group will be attending Siggraph again this year, and have announced 3 BOF's. This year Khronos will be hosting another OpenGL BOF, an OpenCL and a COLLADA BOF. Complete details are on Khronos' Siggraph events page. Although the discount registration period is over, Siggraph is offering to those who are unemployed, a special discount in order to help offset the current economic conditions. Complete details are on this page. The Khronos Group looks forward to seeing all of you this year at Siggraph.
Fixstars Corporation is proud to host the OpenCL programming seminar for software developers in Tokyo, July 23. Fixstars will contribute to the penetration of the OpenCL in various industries by teaching at seminars with its expertise in multi-core programming. "Khronos warmly welcomes Fixstars hosting the first OpenCL programming seminar in Japan," said Neil Trevett, chair of the OpenCL working group, president of the Khronos Group and vice president at NVIDIA. "Providing developers the skills and insights to use a state-of-the-art technology such as OpenCL is a vital part of the growing parallel programming ecosystem, and Fixstars is uniquely qualified to provide the quality training that will result in stunning parallel applications." Fixstars recently joined the Khronos Group as a contributing member.
The Open Toolkit is a set of advanced, cross-platform bindings to OpenGL, OpenCL and OpenAL for Mono/.Net. The latest release adds support for the OpenCL 'flat' API and improves platform integration and speed.
The GPU Developers Summit will be a 3-day series of technical presentations, tutorials and panels aimed at developers of consumer, professional and high performance computing applications looking to exploit more of the GPU’s parallel processing power using industry-standard languages such as C/C++ and Fortran as well as APIs such as Direct3D, DirectX Compute, OpenCL™ and OpenGL.
On the Apple OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard Enhancements and Refinements page, under System Wide Digital Asset Exchange support there is a easily overlooked mention of COLLADA. Users of COLLADA and the file format .dae will be please to see that Preview, OS X's lightway graphic viewer application, will display .dae files with OpenGL-powered 3D graphics. You will be able to zoom and rotate around a 3D scene and play viewpoint animations. There is a good discussion about this over at idevgames.com
Apple announced at the Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) today, they would be releasing the next generation of operating system 'Snow Leopard' this coming September. Included in this major upgrade is the new OpenCL API.
NVIDIA Corporation announced that its inaugural GPU Technology Conference will take place September 30 to October 2, 2009. The event will focus on how developers, engineers, and researchers are using the GPU to solve the world’s most important computing challenges. The conference will encompass three simultaneous events -- the Emerging Companies Summit, the GPU Developer Summit, and the NVIDIA Research Summit. The GPU Developer Summit will be a 3-day series of technical presentations, tutorials and panels aimed at developers of consumer, professional and high performance computing applications looking to exploit more of the GPU’s parallel processing power using industry-standard languages such as C/C++ and Fortran as well as APIs such as Direct3D, DirectX Compute, OpenCL™ and OpenGL.
Khronos has posted their speaking schedule for the Multicore EXPO on March 16th. Speakers from NVIDIA, Codeplay, Nokia, ARM and Imagination Technologies will be present, with a question and answer period and demo's. Khronos will cover two areas of our standards development: OpenCL and the Khronos "Handheld API Ecosystem".
The Khronos Group has announced that it will hold a DevU tutorial at this years Game Developers Conference in San Francisco. The Khronos DevU will cover four major topics: OpenCL, OpenGL, COLLADA, and the Khronos “Mobile API Ecosystem. This will be an all day event held on Tuesday March 24 2009 in partnership with the GDC 2009. Admittance to the session is available to all registered Mobile GDC and regular GDC conference attendees.
Khronos Group will be offering a Developers University session at Multicore Expo on March 16th in Santa Clara. The Khronos Group DevU will be focused on OpenCL and the handheld API ecosystem for accelerating 2D and 3D graphics. For complete details please visit the Khronos Group DevU event page.