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KDAB Introduction to Modern OpenGL - March 20-22, 2018This three-day training provides a comprehensive introduction to modern OpenGL development. The course begins with basic concepts and includes all the fundamental topics needed to develop flexible, high performance OpenGL code that can run on the desktop and embedded / mobile devices. Key techniques including lighting, texturing, framebuffer objects and transformations are introduced, in a format suitable for any developer working in C or C++. For more information including how to register, or to discuss other OpenGL and related trainings offered by KDAB, please get in touch via the web page.

Recently Khronos posted a guest blog 'Art Pipeline for glTF' by Patrick Ryan from Microsoft. This covered getting started with authoring content to glTF. A little more in-depth is a post by Don McCurdy on 'Creating animated glTF Characters with Mixamo and Blender'. The post walks the reader through their workflow using Blender, Mixamo to rig, animate, and export a character to glTF.

There is a new optimized OpenGL/Graphics Math for C. The original glm library is for C++ only (templates, namespaces, classes...). This new library is targeted to C99 but currently you can use it for C89 safely by language extensions. Almost all functions (inline versions) and parameters are documented inside related headers. Complete documentation is in progress. Feedback is welcome on the OpenGL forums.

Archintosh article covering the new Khronos NNEF 1.0 standard: "The Khronos Group is more than just about graphics standards like OpenGL and OpenCL. The consortium group has established Neural Network Exchange Format (NNEF) to help data scientists and engineers easily transfer trained networks." Khronos recently issued a press release for the release of the NNEF 1.0 Provisional Specification.

Codeplay joins MISRA to move C++ safety standards forwardCodeplay is pleased to announce it has joined the MISRA working group for C++ to help move the standards forward to support C++ '11 and beyond, enabling software developers to build safety critical systems for automotive. "The goal for us is ultimately to have a Safety Critical Heterogeneous C++ language that is compatible with ISO standards and Khronos open standards." Illya Rudkin from Codeplay is chair of the Khronos Safety Critical Advisory Panel.

Authoring content for a new file format can be exciting, liberating, and at the same time scary. To be the most efficient and avoid frustration, it helps to understand the format's requirements. To help achieve this, Patrick Ryan from Microsoft has created a walk through following several paths for authoring content in the glTF format as well as outlining specific settings to maximize your success. Patrick touches on both free and commercial software packages to ensure everyone has a path into glTF. Let's get going... check out this glTF how-to.

Electronic Design has posted an overview around the latest NNEF 1.0 release and comparing ONNX and NNEF. "Khronos began talking about the possibility of a standard to reduce the threat of fragmentation about three months before it was officially announced in October 2016. The concept came from Khronos member AImotive, an automotive start-up trying to sell an entire software stack for autonomous driving as well as the custom chips to run it."

The Khronos Group is proud to announce that Pico Technology has joined as a Contributor Member. With operations in the China, United States, Europe, and Japan, Pico develops innovative VR solutions which enable our users to experience the best in VR entertainment, including Games, Videos and Interactive CGI experiences.Founded in 2015, Pico has over 300 team members around the world.

Plumeria Smart Creator 3.3 has been released. It features an error free visual programming experience with an infinite loop AI, a crash preventer, and a syntax error blocker. New to version 3.3 is a full 3D Physics motion engine with oriented bounding boxes and spheres. It also includes the Apple Attack Pack with three free games all made entirely in PlumeriaSC 3.3. Apple Attack, which has just been released, presents Grandma Smith who is trying to vacuum her apples from her apple trees before aliens destroy them.

Call for Participation: glTF Creating a Compressed Texture ExtensionAs part of the ongoing work to ensure glTF meets the needs of the developer community the Khronos 3D Formats working group is working on a new glTF compression extension. The goal is to greatly improve transmission efficiency of texture assets while providing efficient, cross-platform transcoding into a wide range of GPU hardware-accelerated texture formats. There are many ways to get involved in helping glTF evolve to meet your needs. If your company wants a seat at the 3D Formats Working group, you are welcome to join Khronos. Also, anyone is welcome to follow, and contribute to, technical discussions on the public glTF GitHub repo. Learn more about this call for participation.

Codeplay has a very good write-up today on machine alternatives that don't use Neural Networks. The included code, SYCL-ML was developed as a proof of concept to show what a machine learning application using heterogeneous computing can look like and has been published as an open source project. The project was developed using SYCL and ComputeCpp, which is an implementation of SYCL developed by Codeplay.