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Khronos at SIGGRAPH - News, BOFs and lots of prizes this year

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.
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Khronos Enriches Cross-Platform 3D Graphics with release of OpenGL 4.2 Specification

The Khronos™ Group today announced the immediate release of the OpenGL® 4.2 specification, bringing the very latest graphics functionality to the most advanced and widely adopted cross-platform 2D and 3D graphics API. OpenGL 4.2 integrates developer feedback and continues the rapid evolution of this royalty-free specification while maintaining full backwards compatibility - enabling applications to incrementally use new features, while portably accessing state-of-the-art graphics processing unit (GPU) functionality across diverse operating systems and platforms. The OpenGL 4.2 specification has been defined by the OpenGL ARB (Architecture Review Board) working group at Khronos, and includes the GLSL 4.20 update to the OpenGL Shading Language. The OpenGL 4.2 specification contains new features that extend functionality available to developers and enables increased application performance. The full specification is available for immediate download.
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AMD FirePro certified for OpenCL enabled Abacus finite element analysis (FEA) software

AMD announced that the latest FirePro professional graphics cards have been certifed for the OpenCL enabled Abaqus 6.11 finite element analysis (FEA) software. Abaqus, which takes advantage of the OpenCL™ industry standard, is a leading structural and multiphysics analysis solution which is used by a wide range of industries for simulating the lifelike performance of products throughout the design and manufacturing process.
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Intel Sandy Bridge driver updates bring OpenGL and WebGL fixes

Intel updated their Sandy Bridge drivers at IDF. Intel has refreshed its generic Sandy Bridge graphics driver to version 15.22.50.2509 for 32-bit Windows Vista and 7 and version 15.22.50.64.2209 for 64-bit Windows Vista and 7. some of the fixes include are WebGL rendering problems in Firefox and Chrome, and various OpenGL enhancements. Details are available on the online Intel PDF.
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Opera 12 goes into Alpha with WebGL

Opera Software took the hardware acceleration plunge today with the release of its first alpha version of Opera 12, code-named Wahoo. Opera uses hardware for everything its Vega display engine handles--font display, CSS (Cascading Style Sheets) effects, Canvas 2D graphics, and WebGL 3D graphics.
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3D Web hits the big time with Google Maps on WebGL - MapsGL

Google has enabled "MapsGL" allowing you to view 3D buildings on the site through the use of WebGL, a 3D graphics technology for the Web that four of the five top browsers have embraced.
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Graphics And Physics Framework - OpenCL Physics Update

Four new OpenCL Physics Tutorials are available online for our OpenGL Graphics And Physics Framework (LGPL Licence). The new tutorials cover the following topics: OpenCL particle simulation, OpenCL particle simulation with terrain interaction, OpenCL rigid body Simulation, OpenCL rigid body Simulation with terrain interaction.
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NFB Builds One Millionth Tower Interactive Web Doc on New Mozilla Platform

A new interactive Web documentary from the National Film Board of Canada (NFB) lets users see online video in a whole new way. Touted as one of the world's first interactive documentaries to utilize WebGL technology to generate realistic, interactive videogame-like graphics, and also incorporate Mozilla's new Popcorn.js interactive web video technology. Mark Surman, Executive Director of the Mozilla Foundation, said it is "a prime example of the work we are doing together to empower makers and build tools that anyone can use to make awesome things happen-on the Web and in the world. It's a testament to how we are building a better Web together."
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ARM announces Mali-T658 to support OpenCL, OpenGLES and OpenVG

ARM announced the ARM Mali-T658 GPU, the latest member of the Midgard architecture-based GPU family targeting high performance devices, such as superphones, tablets and smart-TVs. The ARM Mali-T658 GPU supports a wide range of graphics and compute APIs, including OpenGL ES, OpenVG, OpenCL, Google Renderscript, Microsoft DirectX11 and Microsoft DirectCompute.
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Triton Ocean SDK 1.2 Adds Shoreline and Spray Effects

Sundog Software has released a new revision of the Triton Ocean SDK, featuring support for sloping shorelines and particle-based spray effects. Using OpenCL and OpenGL together, tens of thousands of waves with tens of thousands of particles are rendered at hundreds of frames per second. Triton supports flat and geocentric coordinate systems, rendering open ocean and shallow water scenes with ship wakes as well. Triton is compatible with OpenGL 2.x - 4.x, as well as with other technologies. A free demo, evaluation SDK, videos, and images are available on the Sundog Software website.
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