The Khronos Group today announced the ratification and public release of the OpenVX™ 1.0.1 specification, a maintenance update to the open, royalty-free standard for cross platform acceleration of computer vision applications. OpenVX 1.0.1 integrates bug fixes and clarifications resulting from feedback from working group members and the wider industry implementing and using the specification. OpenVX enables performance and power-optimized computer vision processing, especially important in embedded and real-time uses cases such as face, body and gesture tracking, smart video surveillance, advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS), object and scene reconstruction, augmented reality, visual inspection, robotics and more. In addition to the OpenVX conformance tests and Adopters Program launched in late 2014, Khronos is now shipping an open source, fully-conformant CPU-based implementation of OpenVX 1.0 that runs on Linux, Android or Windows. The full OpenVX 1.0.1 specification and details about the sample implementation are available at www.khronos.org/openvx.
The Intel GPA now includes an expanded Frame Analyzer for OpenGL ES that includes performance optimization functionality. Developers can also run the System Analyzer and Platform Analyzer applications to analyze Android targets (Intel or ARM architecture) running OpenGL ES v1.0-3.1 from Windows 7/ 8.1 hosts as well as from Apple OS X 10.7, 10.8 or Ubuntu 12.04 or 14.04 host systems.
Recent research shows that WebGL is now supported on more devices than Flash. It’s the bigger platform. In fact, WebGL powered HTML5 is now the largest platform on the planet for interactive browser graphics. Now that WebGL is available on IE and Safari as well, we should see WebGL become even bigger. Long live WebGL!
MontageJS has introduced a new WebGL-based component for the MontageJS framework. The 3D view component for MontageJS offers an abstraction layer for WebGL and aims to make the individual elements of a 3D scene just as easy to manipulate as conventional HTML elements in the page DOM. If your browser has WebGL enabled, you can try out a demo here. The MontageJS 3D view component is designed to load and display glTF content. The COLLADA working group provides Mac and Windows open source converters to translate COLLADA files into glTF.
Windows 7 users will enjoy the benefits of Internet Explorer 11, including WebGL, starting on today. IE11 for Windows 7, available for download in 95 countries, includes the same performance, security and stability improvements that Windows 8.1 has enjoyed the past few weeks. WebGL is supported giving developers more flexibility to create highly visual sites. IE11 also supports HTML5 drag-and-drop as well as device awareness — so a web developer can create a site that knows the orientation of the device it's running on.
The Intel SDK for OpenCL Applications 2013 Release 2 now supports Microsoft Windows 8.1, as well as Intel Atom Z3000 Series ( formerly “Bay Trail”) Platforms. Designed for visual computing applications, the SDK continues to support the full OpenCL 1.2 standard on 3rd and 4th generation Intel Core processors, helping developers harness the hardware acceleration capabilities of Intel Iris and Intel HD Graphics. Download a free copy of Intel SDK for OpenCL Applications 2013 R2.
At at IBC this year, AMD demonstrated a 4K CinemaDNG workflow for Blackmagic Design DaVinci Resolve 10 color-grading. Using a Supermicro 7047GR-TRF SuperWorkstation to run four AMD FirePro W-series graphics cards, the GPU-accelerated workflow relied on Blackmagic's OpenCL support for Windows and Mac to enable real-time playback of CinemaDNG.
AMD just announced the immediate availability of the Catalyst 13.6 Windows Driver. Highlights in this release include AMD GPU & AMD APU OpenCL 1.2 acceleration in Adobe Premiere PRO CC, product support for the new AMD A10, A8, A6, and A4 Series APUs on desktop and mobile platforms and AMD Enduro technology enhancements.
AMD CodeXL is a new unified developer tool suite that enables developers to harness the benefits of CPUs, GPUs and APUs. It includes powerful GPU debugging, comprehensive GPU and CPU profiling, and static OpenCL kernel analysis capabilities, enhancing accessibility for software developers to enter the era of heterogeneous computing. AMD CodeXL is available for free, both as a Visual Studio extension and a standalone user interface application for Windows and Linux.
AMD CodeXL increases developer productivity by helping them identify programming errors and performance issues in their application quickly and easily. Now developers can debug, profile and analyze their applications with a full system-wide view on AMD APU, GPU and CPUs.
AMD CodeXL user group (requires registration) allows users to interact with the CodeXL team, provide feedback, get support and participate in the beta surveys.
The Computing Language Utility (CLU) is a lightweight API designed to help programmers explore, learn, and rapidly prototype programs with OpenCL. This API reduces the complexity associated with initializing OpenCL devices, contexts, kernels and parameters, etc. while preserving the ability to drop down to the lower level OpenCL API at will when programmers wants to get their hands dirty. The CLU release includes an open source implementation along with documentation and samples that demonstrate how to use CLU in real applications. It has been tested on Windows 7 with Visual Studio. The original slide presentation from SIGGRAPH is available in the developer section on the Khronos website.
Intel has released Intel SDK for OpenCL Applications 2013 Beta. This Beta SDK allows OpenCL 1.2 API preview support on Intel CPUs mixed with the production OpenCL 1.1 support on the Intel HD Graphics. It also includes new tools such as a new kernel builder and GNU Debugger (GDB) support which ease the creation of OpenCL applications. This new beta SDK now supports Windows 8 and is compatible with the latest Intel HD Graphics driver for Windows 8
Valve Software has updated their Linux blog to report that the OpenGL version of Left 4 Dead 2 is now running fastest on Linux (315 fps). Surprisingly, given all the attention Valve has paid to Direct3D tuning over the years, even on Windows, the OpenGL version of the game now runs faster than Direct3D (304 fps vs. 270 fps) due to "overhead per batch in Direct3D which does not affect OpenGL on Windows".