Shader Conductor is one of several open-source projects for going from one shading language to another. With Microsoft's Shader Conductor the focus is on converting HLSL to GLSL or SPIR-V (OpenGL/Vulkan), ESSL (OpenGL ES), MSL (Apple Metal), and older HLSL shader models. Shader Conductor can handle all shader stages, including geometry and compute shaders. Learn more about this new Open Source project from Microsoft.
In Adobe Dimension 2.0, a new feature has been introduced that lets users export their 3D scenes to be viewed in a web browser by anyone with a link. This is achieved using glTF. "Behind the Scenes with Adobe Dimension Engineers: How We Built the 3D Publish Feature" covers in detail some of the hurdles Adobe engineers had to get over. From Lighting, Transparency and Cameras to the web viewer, learn what was involved in bringing glTF to Adobe Dimension 2.0.
Planning on attending SC'18 in Dallas this week? Be sure to attend the BOF by Michael Wong of CodePlay on Tuesday at 5:15pm. He will be discussising C++ frameworks for parallel programming, including SYCL. More details on his talk are on the Khronos event page.
Magic Leap has made the session on Seedling from Insomniac Games available to the public. Featuring Joel Bartley, lead gameplay programmer for Insomniac Games, and Michael Liebenow, lead software engineer for Magic Leap, the session examines how to integrate a 3D engine into an app using the Vulkan API. "We support two low-level rendering APIs, both Vulkan and OpenGL, but we feel that Vulkan provides more opportunities for optimization, which is especially important when you're trying to get all the performance you can out of a mobile system, and that is one of the main reasons why we recommend Vulkan for your development," said Liebenow during the session.
Samsung has announced an enhanced iteration of the Vulkan API, which offers a 10% performance improvement as compared to the OpenGL ES. Samsung has also announced new features for GPUWatch, a tool that aids developers monitor and measure performance between Vulkan and OpenGL ES.
The AMDVLK Vulkan Radeon driver updates include support for the VK_EXT_inline_uniform_block extension, which lets uniform blocks be directly backed by descriptor sets. Code clean up and other updates can be viewed on Phoronix and directly from the source on Github GPUOpen-Drivers/AMDVLK.
Unreal Engine 4.21 continues their pursuit of greater efficiency, performance, and stability for every project on any platform. With the help of Samsung, Unreal Engine 4.21 includes all of the Vulkan engineering and optimization work that was done to help ship Fortnite on the Samsung Galaxy Note 9 and is 100% feature compatible with OpenGL ES 3.1. Projects that utilize Vulkan can run up to 20% faster than the same project that uses OpenGL ES.
The reference cards for OpenCL 1.1, 1.2, 2.0 and 2.1 have been updated. What changed: Most Preprocessor directives & macros in OpenCL begin with a double-underscore (__), however the “CL_VERSION_X” ones do not. These revised reference cards remove the double underscore from those. The reference cards on Lulu for purchase are also updated.
Zink is an OpenGL implementation on top of Vulkan. Or to be a bit more specific, Zink is a Mesa Gallium driver that leverages the existing OpenGL implementation in Mesa to provide hardware accelerated OpenGL when only a Vulkan driver is available.
AImotive, the global provider of full stack, vision-first self-driving technology, today announced the release of aiWare3, the company's 3rd generation, scalable, low-power, hardware Neural Network (NN) acceleration core. The scalable aiWare3 architecture facilitates low-power continuous operation for autonomous vehicles (AVs) with up to 12 or more high-resolution cameras, LiDARs and/or radar. aiWare3 delivers up to 50 TMAC/s (> 100 TOPS) per chip at more than 2 TMAC/s (4 TOPS) per W1. aiWare3's IP core is supported by a comprehensive software development kit (SDK) that uses The Khronos Group's NNEF standard. It will ship to lead customers in Q1 2019.
Percepio Tracealyzer for OpenVX allows you to visualize the execution of OpenVX applications and identify bottlenecks where optimization can make a big difference. Tracealyzer for OpenVX is initially available for Synopsys EV6x embedded vision processors, leveraging the built-in trace support in Synopsys ARC MetaWare EV Development Toolkit. Percepio Application Note PA-025 describes how to get started with Tracealyzer for OpenVX, using Synopsys EV6x processors and Synopsys MetaWare EV Development Toolkit.
Qualcomm has introduced the new Qualcomm Snapdragon 675 Mobile Platform. The Snapdragon 675 offers outstanding gaming, a leap in artificial intelligence (AI) capability and a cutting-edge camera. Premium features in the Snapdragon 675 are enabled by the Qualcomm AI Engine, Qualcomm Spectra ISP, Qualcomm Kryo CPU and Qualcomm Adreno GPU. A number of specific games and game engines have been optimized including Unity, Unreal, Messiah, and NeoX. Qualcomm Technologies also supports popular tools and APIs, including Vulkan, OpenGL 3.2, OpenCL, and Snapdragon profiler.
Neil Trevett, President of the Khronos Group, delivers the presentation "Update on Khronos Standards for Vision and Machine Learning" at the Embedded Vision Alliance's September 2018 Vision Industry and Technology Forum. Neil Trevett shares updates on recent, current and planned Khronos standardization activities aimed at streamlining the deployment of embedded vision and AI. For the full version of this video, along with hundreds of others on various embedded vision topics, please visit the Embedded Vision website.
The next WebGL/WebVR Meetup to be held at the SVVR HQ in Mountain View on November 1st. Lots of great talks and speakers including: Browser Implementor Update - representatives from Google Chrome, Mozilla and Safari will be on-hand and giving us an update on recent browser improvements; Brandel Zachernuk, Gregor Lakner (Axum Graphics); Romain Guy and Philip Rideout (Filament); Xiaohan Zhang, interactive works and Yağız Mungan.
Mozilla is committed to the next wave of creativity in the open Web, in which people can access, create and share immersive VR and AR experiences across platforms and devices. Together with the Khronos Group and developers of existing open source Blender tools, we are providing a complete GL Transmission Format (glTF) import and export add-on for Blender, offering a powerful and free round-trip workflow for WebXR creators. This effort builds on the work of existing open source tools, and adds support for the newest Blender and glTF features. The tool itself along with further technical details will be available in the coming weeks. The blueprint for the collaboration model that allowed us to get there already exists. This article will explain how we got there, how this model works, and why it can accelerate the ecosystem.