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Khronos Releases SPIR-V The first open standard intermediate language for parallel compute and graphics

In another significant announcement today, OpenCL 2.1 and Vulkan™, the new open standard API for high-efficiency access to graphics and compute on modern GPUs, are now sharing core intermediate language technologies resulting in SPIR-V; a revolution in the Khronos Standard Portable Intermediate Representation initially used by OpenCL™, now fully defined by Khronos with native support for shader and kernel features. SPIR-V splits the compiler chain, enabling high-level language front-ends to emit programs in a standardized intermediate form to be ingested by Vulkan or OpenCL drivers. Eliminating the need for a built-in high-level language source compiler significantly reduces driver complexity and will enable a diversity of language front-ends. Additionally, a standardized IR provides a measure of kernel IP protection, accelerated kernel load times and enables developers to use a common language front-end, improving kernel reliability and portability across multiple implementations.
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Khronos Reveals Vulkan API for High-efficiency Graphics and Compute on GPUs


The Khronos Group announced the availability of technical previews of the new Vulkan™ open standard API for high-efficiency access to graphics and compute on modern GPUs used in a wide variety of devices. This ground-up design, previously referred to as the Next Generation OpenGL Initiative, provides applications direct control over GPU acceleration for maximized performance and predictability, and uses Khronos’ new SPIR-V™ specification for shading language flexibility. Vulkan initial specifications and implementations are expected later this year and any company may participate in Vulkan’s ongoing development by joining Khronos.

Press Release: Khronos Reveals Vulkan API for High-efficiency Graphics and Compute on GPUs
Vulkan Feedback thread: We look forward to hearing from you.
Overview slide: Powerpoint presentation outlining Vulkan
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NVIDIA to host the first GPU Technology Conference

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.
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ARM Mali GPUs Achieve Industry-Firsts With Khronos OpenGL ES 2.0 Conformance For 1080p and Multicore

ARMs Mali-400 MP GPU is now the first and only multicore GPU to pass the rigorous conformance tests specified by The Khronos Group. The Mali-400 GPU has achieved Khronos conformance for all of the three major graphics APIs required by ARM Partners: OpenVG, OpenGL ES 1.1 and OpenGL ES 2.0. Conformance to the Khronos standards brings accredited Mali GPUs to multiple markets – from cellular handsets and personal navigation devices to digital TV, set-top box and digital picture frames.
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NVIDIA extends call for submissions at GPU developer summit deadline until June 30 2009

NVIDIA has extended the Call for submissions deadline to June 30th 2009. The GPU Developers Summit will be a 3-day series of technical presentations, tutorials and panels. Khronos has an overview of the event here, and the Call for Submissions page is here.
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Jon Peddie shows AMD soars in Q2’09, Intel and Nvidia also show great gains

Jon Peddie Research just released their most recent MarketWatch report. According to the press release available online here, JPR shows AMD had 41.5% growth from Q1 to Q2 of 2009. Intel and NVIDIA also showed respectable gains in this most recent quarter to quarter change. Read the press release online, or purchase the complete Market Watch report at the Jon Peddie Research online store.
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Mentor Graphics Announces Nucleus Graphics and Linux Platform for ARM Mali GPUs

Mentor Graphics announced the integration of its Nucleus® Graphics User Interface (GUI) with the ARM Mali graphics processing unit (GPU) family of acceleration solutions. Integrating the Nucleus Graphics GUI solution with the Mali-200 GPU makes it possible for graphic artists and usability specialists to exploit the potential of this advanced 3D accelerator. The Nucleus Graphics product abstracts the complexity of the OpenGL ES API to enable anyone to incorporate sophisticated 3D effects such as lighting, spinning, fading, twisting and zooming into their GUI designs without any programming knowledge.
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NVIDIA Delivers Comprehensive OpenCL Support under Snow Leopard

All NVIDIA CUDA-Enabled GPUs Shipped by Apple Supported under New Operating System. OpenCL on the NVIDIA® CUDA™ architecture enables applications to use the CPU and the GPU together as co-processors. NVIDIA’s integration of the CUDA architecture across its brands and segments enables it to offer Apple users a broad selection of 10 GPU models officially supported by Snow Leopard.
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NVIDIA Releases First OpenCL Performance Profiler for the GPU

NVIDIA released a new OpenCL Visual Profiler for Windows and Linux for developers. Leveraging the extensive performance instrumentation in NVIDIA's OpenCL drivers and hardware performance signals designed into NVIDIA GPUs, the OpenCL Visual Profiler provides developers with insight into performance bottlenecks and opportunities for optimization. NVIDIA also released a Best Practices guide for OpenCL.
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Palm Pixi specs include OpenGL ES 2.0 graphics

The upcoming Palm Pixi will have the new MSM7627 chipset from Qualcomm giving close to the same performance as the Pre. Featuring two ARM cores integrated as a single chip – a dedicated CPU core and a dedicated modem processor – 320MHz application DSP for multimedia supporting full 30 fps WVGA encode/decode, 200MHz hardware-accelerated 3D graphics core supporting OpenGL ES 2.0, high-resolution camera and integrated GPS.
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