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Vulkan 1.0.53 does have a number of document clarifications and fixes, but most exciting is a handful of new extensions. The new ones to Vulkan 1.0.53 are VK_AMD_gpu_shader_int16, VK_EXT_blend_operation_advanced, VK_EXT_sampler_filter_minmax, and VK_NV_framebuffer_mixed_samples. Read more about this update from Phoronix, or hop on over to the Vulkan Change Log for more details on this update.

As mentioned on Phoronix, Google just announced GSoC 2017 Projects. Included in the list are several Khronos related projects:

• Software Renderer for Vulkan (Vulkan, SPIR-V)

• 3D Hardware Acceleration in Haiku (OpenGL)

• Cross Platform GUI for CCExtractor (OpenGL

• libosmscout: Implementation of an opengl renderer (OpenGL)

• OpenGL-accelerated Renderer for Cytoscape 3 (OpenGL)

• Improvement to WebGL core for p5.js (WebGL)

• Project Proposal-Javascript/WebGL Library For Interactive Visualization Of Large-Scale Network Graphs. (WebGL)

• WebGL improvements for p5.js (WebGL)

• Creating the fastest math libraries for Ruby by using the GPU through OpenCL and ArrayFire. (OpenCL)

• GPU Boolean Evaluation for CSG Ray-Tracing (OpenCL)

• HPXCL – Asynchronous Integration of CUDA and OpenCL to HPX (OpenCL)

• libxcam Enable a debluring feature with OpenCL Design (OpenCL)

• Speeding up functional network analysis on fMRI data with distributed, in-memory computation using Apache Spark (OpenCL)

At Linaro Connect 17 this past week in Budapest, Vulkan was talked about at the ARM’s Mali graphics drivers session, as well as the lack of current open-source drivers due to lack of customer demand.

Phoronix has published benchmarks of 13 Kepler/Maxwell/Pascal NVIDIA GeForce graphics cards when testing Blender 2.78’s OpenCL renderer. Unfortunately, no AMD OpenCL benchmarks for Blender yet—the current open-source stack doesn’t work until ROCm OpenCL support comes into play and the AMDGPU-PRO stack wasn’t working for Blender OpenCL but was falling back to CPU rendering. Read the complete article.

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