State of 3-D Graphical Programming

>> Monday, September 22, 2014

Tom Dalling wrote an insightful post about the current set of 3-D graphical programming APIs: OpenGL, Mantle, Metal, and Direct3D. I can still remember how excited I was when AMD announced Mantle. But it's been a year since the announcement and AMD still hasn't released the API to the public.

The post also mentions the Next Generation OpenGL Initiative. According to the SIGGRAPH 2014 presentation (PDF), this entails a "ground up redesign" of the specification. The OpenGL API definitely needs an overhaul, but if they rewrite OpenGL from scratch, what will happen to OpenCL-OpenGL interoperability? We'll see.

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