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SilverLining 5.0 SDK Simulates Storm Clouds in OpenGLSundog Software released version 5.0 of the SilverLining Sky, 3D Cloud, and Weather SDK, featuring support for OpenGL 2.0 through 4.5. SilverLining is a C++ library that simulates real-time skies for any given time, location, and weather conditions. It implements a variety of volumetric rendering techniques to represent many different 3D cloud types in a physically realistic manner from any angle, while maintaining high frame-rates. SilverLining 5 introduces new hand-modeled storm clouds suitable for use in flight simulators. Large, natural-looking cumulonimbus thunderheads and towering cumulus clouds in various stages of development are included. SilverLining integrates into any OpenGL application easily with simple calls to initialize, update, and draw its skies, clouds, and precipitation effects. Integration code for OpenSceneGraph is included. SilverLining is widely used in the training and simulation industry, and powers the popular "SkyMaxx Pro" add-on for the X-Plane flight simulator.

Pro Tip: Linking OpenGL for Server-Side RenderingVisualization is a great tool for understanding large amounts of data, but transferring the data from an HPC system or from the cloud to a local workstation for analysis can be a painful experience. Analyzing and visualizing data right where it is generated and using server-side rendering lets you deliver high quality visual content to any client hardware. Whether it’s a DGX station or a smartphone. With the arrival of EGL, taking advantage of OpenGL on a headless server has become even simpler, making it unnecessary to run an X server or any other tools. Slight modifications to your OpenGL context management code using EGL functions is required as described in this post. Using EGL also requires you to link your application to different libraries. This post from NVIDIA is about how to correctly link a modern OpenGL application.

Google has merged Earth Pro with the free Google Earth, now offering only Goole Earth Pro. Another notable change: In the past you had the option to switch between DirectX or OpenGL when running Google Earth on Windows, now the application defaults to OpenGL mode. Learn about the other improvements.

Khronos member MAXON announced the next generation of its professional 3D application, Cinema 4D Release 19 (R19), which offers both tools and enhancements artists can put to use immediately, and provides a peek at the future. MAXON will debut Cinema 4D R19 during SIGGRAPH 2017 in LA, where the developer can be found at booth #701. MAXON has introduced OpenGL capabilities in BodyPaint 3D, MAXON’s professional paint and texturing toolset.

Only a few days after the 1.35.x release, GPU Caps Viewer 1.36.x has been released with support for OpenGL 4.6. OpenGL 4.6 introduces the support of SPIR-V modules in OpenGL and the set of SPIR-V extensions is listed exposed in the OpenGL panel. There are a few Vulkan improvements as well in this version. GPU Caps Viewer is a graphics card information utility focused on the OpenGL, Vulkan, OpenCL and CUDA API level support of the main (primary) graphics card.

To coincide with the release of OpenGL 4.6, NVIDIA is pleased to announce the immediate availability of our OpenGL 4.6 beta drivers for Windows and Linux. These drivers provide full OpenGL 4.6 and GLSL 4.60 functionality and also add support for the GL_KHR_parallel_shader_compile extension released today. This beta release is based on the published OpenGL 4.6 Khronos Specification, and is expected to pass the OpenGL 4.6 Khronos Conformance Testing Process when available. Current conformance status can be found online. Further details and driver downloads are available at the NVIDIA OpenGL driver website.

The Khronos Group announces from the SIGGRAPH 2017 Conference the immediate public availability of the OpenGL 4.6 specification. OpenGL 4.6 integrates the functionality of numerous ARB and EXT extensions created by Khronos members AMD, Intel, and NVIDIA into core, including the capability to ingest SPIR-V shaders. Learn more about this release. Khronos encourages and welcomes all feedback on the new specification.

Amazon AppStream 2.0 is introducing Graphics Desktop and Graphics Pro instance families to deliver high performance graphics applications from AWS. The Graphics Desktop instance family offers a single instance type with an NVIDIA GPU based on K520 with 1,536 CUDA cores, 8 vCPUs, 15 GiB system memory, and 4 GiB graphics memory. This instance type is ideal for running desktop graphics applications such as Siemens NX, SolidWorks, ESRI ArcGIS, and other applications that use DirectX, OpenGL, OpenCL, and CUDA.

Researchers at CMU and NVIDIA have developed an open source shading language and compiler framework named Spire enhanced to support shader components for high-performance rendering.  The Spire compiler can generate either GLSL or SPIR-V output for use with OpenGL and Vulkan based engines.  The work interfaces with a modernmini 3D engine that supports equivalent back-ends for both OpenGL and Vulkan.  The researchers will present this year’s work at SIGGRAPH next week which builds on a paper from last year’s SIGGRAPH.

Attending SIGGRAPH 2017 next week?  OpenGL developers should attend this free NVIDIA session on Monday, July 31 to get the most out of OpenGL on Quadro, GeForce, and Tegra GPUs. Hear from an OpenGL expert at NVIDIA how the OpenGL continues to evolve. See how NVIDIA's Nsight developer tools make OpenGL development easier for you. Learn how your application can benefit from NVIDIA advancing OpenGL as a cross-platform, open industry standard.  See this schedule for a complete list of NVIDIA content at SIGGRAPH.