SC15 Announcements

>> Wednesday, November 25, 2015

The Supercomputing 2015 (SC15) conference wrapped up last week. No news on Vulkan, but there were (at least) three noteworthy announcements:

  • The OpenCL 2.1 spec is available and you can download the PDF here. The major change is that SPIR-V is supported as an intermediate language (IL). To use it, call clCreateProgramWithIL with a pointer to the SPIR-V code.
  • Version 1.0 of SPIR-V is also available. The PDF is here.
  • Altera (now owned by Intel) demonstrated the processing power of its OpenCL-programmable FPGAs.

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Fingers Crossed

>> Sunday, November 15, 2015

Imagination Technologies released its second Vulkan webinar on 11/9 (first and second). Valve released its Steam Machine on 11/10. It's probably just wishful thinking, but I hope these are tidings that Vulkan's release is imminent.

There's another reason to be hopeful. We've been told that Vulkan will be released before the end of the year, and the only remaining conference is next week's SC15. Will Vulkan be announced in the next few days? I certainly hope so.

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