The Western Australian Supercomputer Program (WASP) in conjunction with iVEC and the University of Western Australia is currently running an OpenCL course during the 2010 iVEC/WASP summer school programme. The course will concentrate on teaching students the fundamentals of OpenCL with a goal towards helping students gain a fundamental understanding of OpenCL as a technology framework for enabling heterogenous parallel processing. Online slides sets are available as the course unfolds.
AMD Developer Centeral has posted the ATI Stream OpenCL Technical Overview Video Series. The series of 5 videos provides ATI Stream developers an overview of the OpenCL API and OpenCL C programming language.
Here is a summary of the videos by AMD’s Justin Hensley:
- Video 1: What is OpenCL? (7:44)
- Video 2: What is OpenCL? (continued) (6:37)
- Video 3: Resource Setup (11:06)
- Video 4: Kernel Execution (13:00)
- Video 5: Programming with OpenCL C (17:59)
Imagination Technologies announces the POWERVR SGX545. SGX545 will support OpenGL ES 2.x and OpenGL 3.2 to deliver class leading 3D graphics performance as well as support OpenCL 1.0 full profile capability which will enable mobile and embedded applications to take maximum advantage of the capabilities offered by these GPU APIs for both 3D graphics and general purpose applications.
The Khronos Group will be hosting a booth this year at the upcoming Game Developers Conference (GDC) 2010, to be held at the Moscone Center in San Francisco. Khronos will also be feature four sessions on OpenCL, OpenGL, COLLADA and WebGL. Visit the Khronos Group GDC 2010 event page for complete details.
GPU Caps Viewer 1.8.0 is available for download. This new version adds OpenGL 3 as well as OpenCL support with a new panel and several OpenCL demos. GPU Caps Viewer is a graphics card utility for Windows. It quickly describes the essential capabilities of your graphics card including GPU type, amount of VRAM, GPU temperature, OpenGL, OpenCL and CUDA API support. I also offers OpenGL and OpenCL demos to test the latest features of your video card.
AMD announced collaborate with SiSoftware to develope one of the first industry benchmark testing suites for OpenCL. To be released by SiSoftware, the OpenCL GPGPU benchmark suite is part of SiSoftware Sandra 2010. The benchmark suite includes remote analysis, benchmarking and diagnostic features for PCs, servers, mobile devices and networks, and can be used to test OpenCL performance on ATI Stream technology.
Imagination Technologies will start to deliver IP for its POWERVR SGX543MP multi-processor graphics cores in early December. The POWERVR SGX543MP features scalable GP-GPU compute power, which can be fully utilised through all Khronos APIs including OpenGL ES 2.0/1.1, OpenVG™ 1.x and OpenCL™.
The Khronos Groups OpenCL API was awarded Editor’s Choice Award this week, by HPCwire, at SC09. Every year at the Supercomputing Conference, HPCwire announces their Annual Readers and Editors Choice Awards. Hosted in Portland, Oregon in its 21st year, SC is recognized as the premier international conference on High Performance Computing (HPC), networking, storage and analysis.
SiSoftware releases its suite of OpenCL GPGPU (General Purpose Graphics Processor Unit) benchmarks as part of SiSoftware Sandra 2010, the latest version of our award-winning utility, which includes remote analysis, benchmarking and diagnostic features for PCs, servers, and networks.
NVIDIA launched the GeForce GT 240. The chipset uses the newer 40 nanometer manufacturing process, is low energy occupying only one slot without the need of a separate power connector. The NVIDIA GTX 240 card has 96 processing cores, 32 texture units, a 550MHz primary clock speed and can handle up to 1GB of GDDR5 memory running at 1.7GHz. The card supports OpenGL and DirectX 10-level graphics, CUDA, PhysX and OpenCL for general-purpose computing.
NVIDIA and its ecosystem partners will deliver, over the next few months, the industry’s broadest set of software releases to developers using GPU Computing in their work. These updates feature major releases across a broad spectrum of GPU Computing development languages, tools and libraries. NVIDIA is releasing its R195 driver which includes new extensions to its OpenCL 1.0 conformant driver and toolkit. The new extensions include support for double precision, OpenGL interoperability and the new OpenCL Installable Client Device (ICD).
The Khronos™ Group today announced strong industry support and a wide range of shipping products utilizing OpenCL™ at SC09 (an international conference for high-performance computing). A number of demonstrations and tutorials from Khronos Group members highlighting the power and scalability of OpenCL will also be a major part of SC09. Khronos released a conformance suite for the OpenCL 1.0 specification in May 2009 that exhaustively tests both the functionality and numerical accuracy of OpenCL implementations before they are licensed to use the OpenCL trademark. A number of shipping products from working group members have successfully passed OpenCL conformance including products from AMD, Apple and NVIDIA. The current list of conformant products can be found on the Khronos website.
Leading luminaries in high-performance computing (HPC) will be speaking at NVIDIA’s booth (Nasdaq: NVDA) at the SC09 conference, which is taking place in Portland, Ore. As well, NVIDIA’s OpenCL Visual Profiler will be highlighted at the Khronos Group exhibit area.
The Khronos Group will be demoing OpenCL at their booth at SC09 in Portland Oregon. This year, the Khronos Group is pleased to hand out a free, nicely-laminated OpenCL Quick Reference card to SC09 booth visitors. This comprehensive 6 page quick reference covers all important aspects of the OpenCL API. A complete schedule of Khronos events at SC09 is located on the Khronos Group SC09 event page, along with a signup form for guests. Space is limited, so please signup early to reserve your spot.
Top500.org will announce the new list of world’s most powerful supercomputers during this month during Supercomputing 09 conference held in Portland, Oregon between November 14-20. Among those announcements, the Chinese National University of Defense Technology is hoping to have their new system listed in the top ten, running in practice at 563.1 TFLOPS and theoretically at 1.206 PFLOPS using GPUs running Linpack, SOPEoptimized code. Their supercomputer is using 5120 AMD RV770 GPUs.