AMD is announcing the release of V-EZ, a middleware layer that significantly reduces the house-keeping overhead of Vulkan making it easier to use and more accessible to a broader base of developers. V-EZ will still retain the most powerful capabilities of Vulkan but with a simplified API that can be mixed with standard Vulkan where needed. Read on to learn more about some of V-EZ’s key technical features.
Stephanie Hurlburt, one founder of Khronos member Binomial recently put out a call for beginner-friendly ways to learn Vulkan. The result is a nicely curated list of Vulkan Tutorials that one can call beginner level. Read more about Stephanie’s thoughts on learning Vulkan, and then dive in yourself.
Five years ago The International Workshop on OpenCL (IWOCL – “eye-wok-ul”) started as a small OpenCL-focused conference. In 2017 it has grown to three full days filled with tutorials, talks, posters and many technical discussions. You’ll hear attendees (and yourself) saying, “I did not know this was going on and I should have known it before.” It is a great place to learn the latest on OpenCL. Learn more about the history of IWOCL and the upcoming IWOCL event May 16-18, 2017 in Toronto, Canada.
The ARM team has updated the Vulkan SDK with new sample code and tutorials. All sample code is released in github, under an MIT license. This latest SDK update includes two new Vulkan features, Vulkan Multipass and Adaptative Scalable Texture Compression, with ARM Mali sample code and tutorials.
Join the Khronos Group at the Marriott Pinnacle Downtown in Vancouver, BC for a full-day workshop on Vulkan. We will briefly cover the basics, then dive into the details you need. Planned topics include:
• Vulkan tools and resources: SDK, Validation Layers, and Vulkan Loader
• vktrace for desktop and Android
• C/C++ with Vulkan-Hpp
• SPIR-V Tools (GLSLang, SPIR2CROSS, and others)
• Keeping your GPU fed without getting bitten
• Vulkan Tutorial - We’ll get into some code!
• Vulkan game development on Android - a case study from Samsung
• SV porting story from Oculus
• Panel/Q&A with ISVs, IHVs, and Presenters: Performance recommendations, practical advice, and answers to your questions
The early-registration price is CAD$149 (about US$112) through January 16. Starting on January 17 the price is CAD$199.
GPUOpen has posted a new entry “Leveraging asynchronous queues for concurrent execution.” Understanding concurrency (and what breaks it) is extremely important when optimizing for modern GPUs. Modern APIs like Vulkan provide the ability to schedule tasks asynchronously, which can enable higher GPU utilization with relatively little effort.
Khronos has posted the videos from the 2016 Khronos DevU in Seoul to YouTube. There are six videos covering: Vulkan HPP, Making SPIR-V Modules, OpenGL/Vulkan Performance Test, Vulkan Multi Threading (Korean), Vulkan Tutorial from Samsung (Korean) and a Vulkan Case Study (Korean).
Khronos is pleased to present a full-day workshop on Vulkan in the upcoming DevU in Seoul, Korea. This session will go in depth into Vulkan, providing you with an important overview, then quickly diving deep beyond the basics into its use and structure, followed by a few case studies with code walkthroughs. There will be ample opportunity to speak with the instructors both during, and after the event in a social get together. This DevU session will be taught by Khronos working group members who specialize in Vulkan and who participated in its creation. Beginners are welcome, but the session is intended for experienced developers with knowledge of 3D graphics and rendering. In addition to a full day of Vulkan training, the session will include all course materials, a Vulkan Quick Reference Guide, a Vulkan t-shirt, and a buffet lunch. For more information and to register your spot, please visit the DevU session page.
The Khronos Group today issued a request for quotes to create a series of Vulkan tutorials that will demonstrate efficient use of the core Vulkan API across a range of GPU architectures. The tutorials must consist of example code and associated documentation. It should be possible to guide an audience of experienced 3D graphics developers through a given tutorial in a classroom environment within an hour. Details online here.
The Khronos London Chapter has launched their official WebGL Workshop website. The site has a great and growing collection of tutorials and examples. If you are interested in learning WebGL and are in the London UK area, be sure to join the Meetup group and check out their website.
LunarG has launched a Vulkan Samples Tutorial on LunarXChange. The tutorial is organized into sections that walk you through the steps to create a simple Vulkan program. Each tutorial section corresponds directly to a sample program in the LunarG samples progression and is designed to be read as you look at and experiment with real code from the progression.