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OpenVX 1.3 Released


OpenVX LogoThe OpenVX 1.3 specification, along with code samples and a prototype conformance test suite has been released. OpenVX is a royalty-free open standard for portable, optimized, and power-efficient vision and machine learning inferencing acceleration, vital to embedded and real-time use cases, such as face-, body-, and gesture-tracking, smart video surveillance, advanced driver assistance systems, object and scene reconstruction, augmented reality, visual inspection, robotics, and more. Also available is an open source implementation of OpenVX 1.3 for Raspberry Pi to make OpenVX widely accessible to developers. The new specification can be found on the OpenVX Registry.

Read the Press Release
Access the OpenVX Registry

Analytical Rendering Exploratory Group Seeks Feedback


Analytical RenderingKhronos® has formed an Exploratory Group to discuss the standardization of an Analytic Rendering API for data visualization. An open, higher-level Analytic Rendering API standard could significantly reduce software development costs while making advanced rendering techniques more accessible and widely used by visualization applications for which rendering is just a necessary technique to be utilized, while providing portability to multiple platforms that support the common API.

All interested parties are invited to participate, with no cost or IP obligations, to share perspectives, requirements and use cases to help determine whether there is an industry need for such an API and to help set the direction for any standardization activities.

Explore the Analytic Rendering Exploratory Group web page

Vulkan® Releases Unified Samples Repository


Vulkan SamplesThe Khronos Group and its members, in collaboration with external contributors, have created the Vulkan® Unified Samples Project in response to user demand for more accessible resources and best practices for developing with Vulkan. Within Khronos, the Vulkan Working Group discovered that there were many useful and high-quality samples available already (both from members and external contributors), but they were not all in one central location. Additionally, there was no top-level review of all the samples for interoperability or compatibility. This new repository project was created to solve this challenge by putting resources in one place, ensuring samples are reviewed and maintained by Khronos. They are then organized into a central library available for developers of all abilities to use, learn from, and gain ideas.

Read more about it on the Khronos Blog
Access the Unified Samples Repository

General Gervais Calls Out Khronos and glTF for Geospatial Data Models


Association of the United States ArmyAt the Association of the US Army’s ILW Contemporary Military Forum, General Maria Gervais and officials met to discuss the Army’s geospatial enterprise architecture with the aim to align operational geospatial requirements and the synthetic training environment. The Army’s terrain dataset, One World Terrain (OWT), aims to provide a set of 3D global terrain capabilities and services that can replicate the coverage and complexities of the operational environment. The Army does not have a standard for 3D maps today. Previously comprising 57 formats, OWT is now in the midst of a major upgrade, and the Army is seeking a format that can accommodate the large size of the terrain dataset and efficiently store and disseminate it. The Army is looking to The Khronos Group's glTF as the ideal open format to suit these needs.

In this video from the Contemporary Military Forum #5, skip to 1:24:00 to hear the general's thoughts on Khronos and glTF.

Congratulations to Our New Vulkan Video TSG Chair


Ahmed AbdelkhalekAhmed Abdelkhalek, AMD has been elected Chair of the Vulkan Video TSG.  Congratulations Ahmed, and we look forward to your stewardship. A special thank you goes out to the previous Vulkan Video TSG Chair, Gabor Sines. 

OpenCL Working Group Releases OpenCL C Language Extensions and C++ for OpenCL Programming Language Documentation


OpenCL LogoThe OpenCL Working Group updated the OpenCL-Docs repository adding two documents describing community-driven OpenCL initiatives: An initial draft of the C++ for OpenCL programming language documentation (PDF), and OpenCL C Language Extensions documentation (PDF), which includes the first language extension for variadic macros. Both documents are released under a CC-BY license. Many more resources for OpenCL are available on the OpenCL Resources page

UPCOMING EVENTS         

Khronos Participation at SC19


November 17-21, 2019
Colorado Convention Center
Denver, CO


Supercomputing LogoSYCL has a huge presence at SC this year. To learn more about what’s happening at SC, check out this blog post.  Plus, check out our SC19 event page where over a dozen other Khronos-related presentations are listed and described.

Khronos at SIGGRAPH Asia


November 17-20, 2019
Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre (BCEC)
Brisbane, AU


SIGGRAPH Asia LogoKhronos presentations include:
  • An Interactive Introduction to WebGL
  • Using open standards to take 3D Commerce to Industrial Scale
  • Khronos Fast Forward: Rapid-fire overview of all things Khronos including Vulkan, WebGL, OpenXR, OpenCL, glTF and 3D Commerce
  • Introduction to the Vulkan Computer Graphics API
  • Dataflow Programming and Processing for Artists and Beyond
Read more...

 

RECENT NEWS                                

Wind River announces new release of VxWorks with OpenCL and SYCL integration


Wind River LogoThis new release of VxWorks offers a real-time operating system to support C++17, Boost, Python, and Rust collection of technologies, along with continued support for languages like Ada and SPARK.

An Introduction to the 3D Commerce Working Group


The 3D Commerce Working Group Chair, Shrenik Sadalgi and Khronos Group President, Neil Trevett, discuss why the 3D Commerce Working Group group came together and the problems they are looking to solve to help both the retail industry and consumers. 
 

NVIDIA releases Windows 436.52, Linux 435.27.00 Vulkan Drivers


With this release arrives support for two new extensions: VK_KHR_shader_clock and VK_KHR_timeline_semaphore. Read more...

​Basemark GPU 1.2 Beta offers support for OpenGL® ES, OpenGL and Vulkan

 
Base Mark LogoBasemark GPU 1.2 adds iOS and macOS to our list of already supported operating systems: Android, Windows, and Linux. We include OpenGL® ES 3.1, OpenGL 4.5, Vulkan 1.0, DirectX 12 and Metal. Read more...

RenderDoc v1.5 released with many Vulkan, SPIR-V, OpenGL and OpenGL ES improvements


A complete list of changes and improvements is available in the release notes.

Codeplay Announces SYCL Academy

SYCL Academy
Codeplay announced the availability of a set of open source learning materials for SYCL, called SYCL Academy. These materials have been developed by engineers at Codeplay and have been used extensively in a variety of training sessions. Learn more about the new SYCL Academy on Github.

Clang Adds Support for C++ for OpenCL Programming Language and OpenCL C Language Extensions


The C++ for OpenCL programming language and OpenCL C language extensions are supported by Clang. Refer to the official Clang documentation for details on how to use the new language mode and information on the implementation status.

NVIDIA GeForce 440.97 WHQL Driver Released with Vulkan Improvements

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NVIDIA has released the GeForce 440.97 WHQL driver. According to release notes, the driver adds support for windowed G-SYNC for OpenGL and Vulkan-based applications. You can download the NVIDIA GeForce 440.97 WHQL driver here.

Neural Network Standard Streamlines Machine Learning Tech Development


NNEF LogoSeveral neural network frameworks for deep learning exist, all of which offer distance features and functionality. Transferring neural networks between frameworks, however, creates extra time and work for developers. The Khronos Group has developed NNEF (Neural Network Exchange Format)...Read more...

3D Will Make Retailers A Lot of Money (If They Can Solve These 3 Problems)


Turbosquid LogoAble to depict anything from simple product spinners to immersive AR and VR experiences, 3D can either replace or enhance the brick-and-mortar experience, offering the realism required to hook people on any device.  Read more...

TensorFlow Gets Native Support for PowerVR® GPUs via Optimised Open Source SYCL Libraries


Imagination LogoImagination Technologies announces that developers working with TensorFlow will be able to target PowerVR® GPUs directly thanks to newly optimised open source SYCL neural network libraries. The first release will be available in November 2019. Read more...

Zink: Fall UpdateCollabora Logo


Erik Faye-Lund of Collabora has started working on upstreaming Zink. Click over to his blog to learn what's going on with Zink, an OpenGL implementation on top of Vulkan. Read more...

La-Z-Boy forms partnership with Khronos Member Marxent


MarxentLa-Z-Boy is expanding the Marxent partnership by making virtual reality available to its sales associates and professional designers.  Read more...

Debugging SYCL Applications


Codeplay LogoIn this Codeplay blog, Georgi Mirazchiyski steps us through how to debug your SYCL code.  Read more...

Magnum Engine 2019.10 Released


Magnum is an open source, light­weight and mod­u­lar C++11/C++14 graph­ics mid­dle­ware for games and da­ta vi­su­al­ization. This new release brings Python bindings, Basis Universal texture compression together with glTF support, improved STL interoperability, and much more...

The Importance of 3D Standardization


Furniture Today LogoThe aim is for 3D assets to be experienced realistically and consistently across all platforms such as mobile devices (both Apple and Android), social platforms (such as Facebook and Pinterest), as well as additional AR and virtual reality solutions that exist now and will continue to develop in the future.  Read more...

Godot Engine Announces Vulkan Progress Report #5


Godot LogoThe folks behind Godot, the free and open-source (MIT license) game development engine and toolset, have released Vulkan progress report #5. Read more...


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