Interesting Times

>> Tuesday, November 13, 2012

  • I managed to order a Nexus 10 this morning, but I'm concerned. Where is the OpenCL development kit for the Mali T-604? I've searched through ARM's Mali developer site, but none of their tools mention OpenCL. Roberto Mijat gave a presentation on OpenCL programming at the recent ARM TechCon, but there were no announcements related to OpenCL. Strange. Why would ARM go to the trouble of seeking OpenCL-compliance for their GPU if they're not going to let anyone program it?

  • AMD has denied that they're hoping to sell the company, but there's no question that they're in deep financial trouble. It's heartbreaking. I had high hopes for the Fusion, but the performance just wasn't there. Throughout the Fusion Developer Summit, AMD's corporate officers said they were "betting the company" on OpenCL. Perhaps they lost.

  • To pressure gamers to upgrade, Microsoft has stated that their upcoming release of DirectX, version 11.1, will only be available for Windows 8. I hope that this behavior, along with Gabe Newell's efforts, will make game developers choose OpenGL over Direct3D. But Microsoft has always been very persuasive.


prunge,  November 13, 2012 at 8:47 PM  

I don't think ARM will supply OpenCL drivers, this ARM forum posting seems to indicate it is up to licensees.

Matthew Scarpino November 13, 2012 at 9:34 PM  

Sure enough. Well, I hope Samsung releases the OpenCL drivers for the Nexus 10. I'll also be interested to hear if the drivers are made available for the Arndale board.

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