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Khronos live at SIGGRAPH with 7 BOFs

Going to SIGGRAPH? Be sure to drop into one of our seven Birds of a Feather events, all followed up by our famous BOF Blitz™ After Party. We've got some great news and amazing presentations waiting for you.
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Khronos Group releases the SPIR 2.0 provisional specification

The Khronos Group today announced the ratification and public release of the SPIR 2.0 provisional specification that provides a non-source encoding, and binary level portability, for OpenCL 2.0 device programs. SPIR (Standard Portable Intermediate Representation) is the industry's first open, cross-platform Intermediate Representation standard for portable heterogeneous parallel computing and is based on LLVM IR. SPIR enables developers to avoid exposing sensitive kernel source and enables a diversity of language front-ends to easily target OpenCL platforms and devices in addition to OpenCL C. Visit the SPIR specification in the OpenCL registry.
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Khronos BOF slides from SIGGRAPH 2014 now online

The Khronos Group has posted some of the slide sets from the 2014 SIGGRAPH BOF presentations online.
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WebGL Insights: Call for Authors

The call for authors for the upcoming WebGL Insights book is now out. We invite proposals for articles on intermediate and advanced WebGL techniques. We invite hardware vendors, browser developers, WebGL-engine developers, application developers, researchers, educators, and others with WebGL experiences they want to share. WebGL Insights will be published by CRC Press for SIGGRAPH 2015.
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WebGL Paris event in October

WebGL Paris is an open free event targeting developers, researchers, artists or students interested directly or indirectly to the WebGL technology. It is French spoken and framework agnostic. Long and short WebGL lectures and workshops will take place throughout the afternoon and evening. Registration to the event is available on the event website.
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Calling all WebGL developers… Contest time again!

Calling all WebGL developers: It’s time to put on your WebGL design hat again – announcing the launch of the second WebGL Widget Contest. Who will win? Whoever submits the coolest-looking widget! The winning entry will be posted on the Khronos website with a link back to the developer’s site, and the winner will receive three WebGL books. You can do so much with WebGL... show us your stuff! Learn more about the contest and upload your entries. The contest ends on November 25, the winner will be notified and publicly announced on December 2 (in time for SIGGRAPH Asia).
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Altera to demonstrate OpenCL at the Intel Developers Forum (IDF14) today

Altera is demonstrating several advanced reconfigurable logic technologies at the Intel Developers Forum (IDF) 2014 that showcase how its FPGA-based solutions are advancing the capabilities of software-defined data centers and high-performance computing applications. The Financial Model Acceleration with FPGAs demonstration uses OpenCL to efficiently implement multiple kernels on an FPGA performing a Monte Carlo simulation to price options. Utilizing the OpenCL standard on a massively parallel FPGA architecture provides an effective solution for system acceleration, offering significantly higher performance at much lower power versus GPUs.
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Neil Trevett to speak at InsideAR 2014

The annual Augmented Reality Conference hosted by Metaio - InsideAR - will be held in Munich, Germany on October 29-30th. Neil Trevett will be presenting on Bringing Spatial Awareness to Mobile AR including Google Project Tango and Advances in Mobile Sensing – and will provide insights on how Khronos APIs can be used to accelerate advanced AR applications. Metaio hosts InsideAR in Munich, Tokyo and Beijing, and had great success last year with more than 800 participants from industry, research, OEMs and developers.
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World’s Leading Immersive Products, Experts, and Industry Join Forces at Immersed

Organized by The Immersive Technology Alliance, the Immersed conference features two days of sessions by worldwide virtual reality (VR), augmented reality (AR), and 3D experts. Some of the international speakers include John Gaeta (The Matrix Trilogy Academy Award winner, Lucasfilm), Mary Spio (Next Galaxy), Neil Trevett (The Khronos Group, Nvidia), Scott Broock (Jaunt), Shannon Blake Gans (New Deal Studios), Karl Krantz (Silicon Valley Virtual Reality), and more. Canada’s Habib Zargarpour (Creative Director, Microsoft Studios), Gord Harris (Christie Digital), David Nalasco (AMD), James Milward (Secret Location), Ana Serrano (Canadian Film Centre Media Lab), Ray Sharma (XMG Studio), James Stewart (Geneva Film Company), and more will also be speaking. Temporary code “ImmerseMe” reduces registration by $75. Deeply discounted exhibition options available for qualified early start-ups requiring media and investment group attention. Free exhibition opens to the general public on the Sunday afternoon. Limited space! Register for free online and in advance.
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Browser game demonstrates the power of WebGL

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Urban Galaxy Online is a MMORPG built entirely on HTML5 technologies. Its graphics are powered by the WebGL renderer of the popular three.js engine. The game was built by a small team of 3 developers during the last 5 years, betting on WebGL while the standard was still shaping up and browser support was partial. Now the game is fully supported on all major desktop browsers, with experimental support for WebGL enabled mobile Chrome and mobile Safari.
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