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

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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. You can read more on the SPIR homepage, registry and whitepaper, and give us valuable community feedback in our SPIR forum.
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Khronos Releases OpenCL 2.1 Provisional Specification for Public Review

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The Khronos Group today announced the ratification and public release of the OpenCL 2.1 provisional specification. OpenCL 2.1 is a significant evolution of the open, royalty-free standard for heterogeneous parallel programming that defines a new kernel language based on a subset of C++ for significantly enhanced programmer productivity, and support for the new Khronos SPIR-V cross-API shader program intermediate language now used by both OpenCL and the new Vulkan graphics API.
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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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Apple to release Snow Leopard with OpenCL in September 2009

Apple announced at the Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) today, they would be releasing the next generation of operating system 'Snow Leopard' this coming September. Included in this major upgrade is the new OpenCL API.
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Apples Snow Leopard promises System Wide support for COLLADA

On the Apple OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard Enhancements and Refinements page, under System Wide Digital Asset Exchange support there is a easily overlooked mention of COLLADA. Users of COLLADA and the file format .dae will be please to see that Preview, OS X's lightway graphic viewer application, will display .dae files with OpenGL-powered 3D graphics. You will be able to zoom and rotate around a 3D scene and play viewpoint animations. There is a good discussion about this over at idevgames.com
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GPU Developers Summit—tutorials, presentations on OpenCL and OpenGL

The GPU Developers 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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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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The Open Toolkit 0.9.9 brings OpenCL to .Net

The Open Toolkit is a set of advanced, cross-platform bindings to OpenGL, OpenCL and OpenAL for Mono/.Net. The latest release adds support for the OpenCL 'flat' API and improves platform integration and speed.
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Fixstars to hold the first OpenCL™ programming seminar in Tokyo, Japan

Fixstars Corporation is proud to host the OpenCL programming seminar for software developers in Tokyo, July 23. Fixstars will contribute to the penetration of the OpenCL in various industries by teaching at seminars with its expertise in multi-core programming. "Khronos warmly welcomes Fixstars hosting the first OpenCL programming seminar in Japan," said Neil Trevett, chair of the OpenCL working group, president of the Khronos Group and vice president at NVIDIA. "Providing developers the skills and insights to use a state-of-the-art technology such as OpenCL is a vital part of the growing parallel programming ecosystem, and Fixstars is uniquely qualified to provide the quality training that will result in stunning parallel applications." Fixstars recently joined the Khronos Group as a contributing member.
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Khronos attending Siggraph 2009 - event page updates, BOFs announced

The Khronos Group will be attending Siggraph again this year, and have announced 3 BOF's. This year Khronos will be hosting another OpenGL BOF, an OpenCL and a COLLADA BOF. Complete details are on Khronos' Siggraph events page. Although the discount registration period is over, Siggraph is offering to those who are unemployed, a special discount in order to help offset the current economic conditions. Complete details are on this page. The Khronos Group looks forward to seeing all of you this year at Siggraph.
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