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The Khronos Group has a pavilion at SIGGRAPH Vancouver this year. With 7 booths to accommodate a few of the Khronos Members like AMD, Codeplay, DMP, Fixstars and HUONE, lots of demos and five Birds of a Feather events this year, there is lots happening with Khronos. There will be lots of prizes at the BOFs including Quadro 5000 and FirePro graphics cards, an SSD Drive books and t-shirts. Most importantly there will be some significant news announcements this year.

The computing power of GPUs is now accessible to improve the interactivity of 3D graphics. Leveraging this capability requires optimum interoperability between compute (OpenCL) and graphics APIs (OpenGL/DirectX). This talk from AMD demonstrates how to compute and update geometry with OpenCL on APUs, how to update VBO on discrete GPUs, and how to compute physics data on OpenCL and transfer those data to discrete GPUs. Wednesday, 10 August 11:15 AM - 12:15 PM | West Building, Hall C, Booth 801, SIGGRAPH 2011

AMD’s new Radeon HD 6990M is based on the TeraScale 2 unified processor architecture and the Barts GPU core. This is a mobile equivalent to the company’s high-end Radeon HD 6990 PCI Express graphics card design and features 1,120 stream processing units, 56 texture units, 128 Z/stencil ROP units, and 32 colour ROP units. AMD has included support for OpenGL 4.1, OpenCL 1.1 and MicroSoft’s DirectX 11 and DirectCompute 11. There was no mention of the Thermal Design Point, so it is unclear how much power will be required to run this new chip.

Hardware acceleration is all the rage right now among browser makers: it can speed up everything from animating graphics to laying out all the elements of a Web page. Tapping directly into the hardware at a low level not only speeds things up, it saves precious battery power, too. If you aren’t sure what WebCL is all about yet, hop over to cnet where they have written up a well rounded review of this latest Khronos Group API.

Dr. Jon Peddie from Jon Peddie Research has tried to make sense of the recent WebGL security issues raised by various companies. He writes “If we can never expose any graphics drivers to the web - we can never have ANY GPU graphics in the browser - and that’s not going to happen.” Jon Peddie was recently named one of the most influential industry analysts, who is frequently quoted in trade and business publications, and contributes articles to numerous publications as well as appearing on CNN and TechTV.

SIGGRAPH Asia’s inaugural symposium on Apps is in answer to the demand for innovation, sophistication, portability, and ubiquitous connectivity in the world of smart phones and tablets. The program aims to educate and explore how visual and animation techniques are applied on mobile devices to enhance the experience for end users and drive the use of advanced graphics capabilities on the multitude of new devices available today. Submitters to SIGGRAPH Asia’s Symposium on Apps can consider participating in presentations, panel discussions, workshops, and exhibits. Complete details are available on the SIGGRAPH Asia Symposium for Apps page. Submission deadline is September 15 2011.

Engineered for the high-resolution tablet computing markets, the ZMS-20 delivers stunning 1080p high profile video playback, immersive OpenGL ES 2.0 3D graphics, HD video calling and a rich desktop browsing experience. ZMS-20 combines ZiiLABS’ 48 Stemcell media processing cores with dual 1.5GHz ARM Cortex-A9 MPCore processors plus a host of new features such as DDR3 and LPDDR2 support, HDMI 1.4 and OpenCL. Product is based on a published Khronos Specification, and is expected to pass the Khronos Conformance Testing Process. Current conformance status can be found at www.khronos.org/conformance.

AMD and Mentor Graphics Corp. were named by winners consulting firm VDC Research Group Inc. of the firm’s “Embeddy” awards for best in show at the 2011 Embedded Systems Conference. AMD took home the hardware Embeddy for its embedded G-Series application processor unit (APU) product. AMD’s Radeon E6760 is the first graphics chip for embedded systems to support Microsoft’s DirectX 11, the OpenCL standard and up to six simultaneous displays, according to AMD. Mentor Graphics was awarded a software Embeddy for its Embedded Sourcery System Analyzer technology.

Learning graphics programming in the era of shaders can seem daunting. This website’s tutorials provide a firm foundation for understanding how to use modern shader-based hardware for graphics development. No prior graphics programming experience is expected. OpenGL v3.3 is used to demonstrate rendering techniques. Topics covered include: * Vertex transformations * Lighting, diffuse and specular, per-vertex and per-fragment. * HDR lighting and gamma correction.

AMD announced the Radeon™ E6760 embedded discrete graphics processor. The AMD Radeon E6760 GPU is the first of its kind to offer embedded system designers the combination of OpenCL™ support along with support for six independent displays. The Radeon™ E6760 is based on a published Khronos Specification, and is expected to pass the Khronos ConformanceTestingProcess. Current conformance status can be found at http://www.khronos.org/conformance.

OpenGL ES Programming provides programmers with interactive and hands-on sessions about graphics hardware, shading, data management, all through the modern OpenGL ES API. The course covers OpenGL ES 2.0 and the OpenGL ES Shading Language as well as the similarities and differences between OpenGL ES and desktop OpenGL 3.x/4.x. Topics include both the core languages and extensions such as those for double precision and interfacing with OpenGL 3D graphics buffers. This course is being offered in Fremont California, May 3-6 2011.

The first jME3 release of 2011 is also our last alpha. The beta release of jME3 will finally be in “API freeze”, although most planned API changes have been incorporated already in alpha-4. Several major graphical enhancements on both the low and high ends made it in before the freeze. Post processing water combined with lighted terrain sets the scene for our most impressive display of GLSL graphics yet. Meanwhile, an initial implementation for OpenGL 1 is now available for testing on legacy hardware.

Joe Davis and Gordon MacLachlan both from Imagination Technologies, will present their session “Understanding POWERVR SGX Graphics Technology and Optimizing for Great Graphics Performance” on Monday february 28th at 4:15 Room 120 in the North Hall. The aim of this session is to give an expert insight into the POWERVR SGX and SGX MP Tile Based Deferred Rendering architecture and explain to developers how they can use the PVRTune analysis utility, and best programming practice, to optimize their applications for todays mobile devices.