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When makers of the ABYSS Engine started working on the Android release of Galaxy on Fire 3 - Manticore, the goal was for everyone to be able to enjoy the same visual fidelity, no matter if playing on Android or iOS. On iOS. They decided to add Vulkan support to their in-house game engine and render 'Galaxy on Fire 3' with Vulkan on Android. Read the entire introduction and fundamentals post on Gamasutra.

Khronos member AImotive discusses their vision-first technology and NNEF. AImotive worked with the Khronos Working Group to create the new Neural Networking Exchange Format standard. NNEF is designed to simplify the process of using a tool to create a network and running that trained network on other toolkits or inference engines. Read more about this AImotive story.

Dell Technologies is excited to join the Khronos Group and contribute to cutting-edge cross-platform development and innovation. We feel it is critical and strategic, given some of our R&D investments, that we start leading as a contributor in many of the cross-platform open standards run by the Khronos Group such as OpenXR, OpenGL, et cetera, so as to further innovation in our lines of business, whether it be content creation tools for XR in the Precision series, or better consumer experiences for VR and AR through next gen headsets and desktops/laptops.

SDL 2.0.6 was released as the latest feature update for this widely-used library that allows for more cross-platform portability of applications and games centered around input, audio, and video helpers. SDL 2.0.6 features QNX7 support, an experimental JACK audio driver, a default Steam Controller mapping for Linux, updated game controller, and cross-platform Vulkan helpers.

Khronos at VRDC Fall 2017 for OpenXR PanelAfter announcing the OpenXR working group this year at GDC, Khronos members are working hard to bring the standard to life, while also educating the industry on the importance of this upcoming technology. This week, VRDC brings together creators and key influencers in the virtual and augmented reality industries for the latest technology demos and discussions on best practices. During the show in San Francisco, some of our members will join a panel to discuss OpenXR and fragmentation in the AR/VR/MR industry.

IWOCL 2018 - The 6th International Workshop on OpenCLAnnouncing that the 6th International Workshop on OpenCL will take place on the 14-16 May, 2018 at St Catherine's College, Oxford, UK and that the Call for Submissions is now open. Submissions related to any aspect of using OpenCL (including SYCL, Vulkan Compute and OpenCL based libraries) are of interest, including (but not limited to): case-studies of their use in applications, software tools, programming methods, debugging, performance analysis, and integration.

The Xilinx software defined development environment, SDAccel, is now available on Amazon Web Services for use with Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud F1 instances. SDAccel automates the acceleration of software application written in C, C++ or OpenCL by building application-specific FPGA kernels for Amazon EC2 F1.

A pan-European project has started this month to bring together the technologies needed for exascale computing, tackling the key challenge of power usage. The project started this month, bringing together three existing exascale projects on FPGA accelerators, interconnect and 3D chip technologies to reach performance of 10^18 operations, 10 times that of today's fasest supercomputers. At the University of Manchester they are working on OpenCL as the programming model to configure modules that can be plugged into a system as an HPC accelerator.

The Khronos Group is holding another Webinar on September 14th at 9:30AM PT. Engineers and managers interested in developing neural network inference engines and portable application that need portability across platforms and hardware should join in this free webinar. Speaking will be Radhakrishna (Radha) Giduthuri, a software architect at Advanced Micro Devices (AMD), Tomer Schwartz from Intel and Frank Brill, OpenVX Working Group Chair.

Renesas Electronics announced their collaboration to deliver ComputeAorta™, Codeplay’s OpenCL open standard-based software framework for Renesas R-Car system-on-chips (SoCs). The new framework is designed to support software development for the R-Car’s latest image recognition IP, the IMP-X5, a multi-threading core optimized for computer vision and cognitive processing. Codeplay will also provide R-Car with ComputeCpp™, an implementation of the SYCL™ open standard, enabling single source C++ software for high level and object-oriented programming. The result of this collaboration provides developers with standard software development tools and support for a wide range of open source computer vision or open source deep learning software, such as TensorFlow™ library.