Feeds

OpenCL ratchets up to version 1.2

Open source heterogeneous standard adds new capabilities

Internet Security Threat Report 2014

OpenCL, the open-source standard for programming heterogeneous computing systems – aka CPU/GPU mashups – has reached version 1.2 with the ratification and public release of its latest specification documentation.

"The OpenCL working group is listening carefully to feedback from the developer and middleware community to provide significant and timely functionality for heterogeneous computing in this cross vendor open standard," said OpenCL working group chair Neil Trevett in a statement accompanying Tuesday's anouncement.

Trevett – who is also the president of OpenCL's caretaker, the Khronos Group and Nvidia's VP of mobile content – went on to say that "The OpenCL working group is also broadening its membership and has growing representation from the mobile and embedded industries and is enabling innovative devices such as FPGAs to be driven through OpenCL."

Version 1.2 adds a number of upgrades to OpenCL 1.1, which was released in June of last year, including device partitioning, new compilation and library-linking capabilities, enhanced image support, DirectX 9 media surface and DirectX 11 surface sharing, and more. The new version is backwards-compatible with OpenCL 1.1, Khronos says.

If you or someone on your development team happen to be at the SC11 supercomputing confab underway this week in Seattle, you might want to check out the Khronos Group's "Birds of a Feather" (BOF) session on Wednesday at 5:30pm – be there or be square.

More information about the new release can be found in the 377-page OpenCL Specification Version 1.2 document. If that's a bit weighty for you, an eight-page Quick Reference Card is also available. ®

Security for virtualized datacentres

More from The Register

next story
Microsoft WINDOWS 10: Seven ATE Nine. Or Eight did really
Windows NEIN skipped, tech preview due out on Wednesday
Business is back, baby! Hasta la VISTA, Win 8... Oh, yeah, Windows 9
Forget touchscreen millennials, Microsoft goes for mouse crowd
Apple: SO sorry for the iOS 8.0.1 UPDATE BUNGLE HORROR
Apple kills 'upgrade'. Hey, Microsoft. You sure you want to be like these guys?
ARM gives Internet of Things a piece of its mind – the Cortex-M7
32-bit core packs some DSP for VIP IoT CPU LOL
Microsoft on the Threshold of a new name for Windows next week
Rebranded OS reportedly set to be flung open by Redmond
Lotus Notes inventor Ozzie invents app to talk to people on your phone
Imagine that. Startup floats with voice collab app for Win iPhone
'Google is NOT the gatekeeper to the web, as some claim'
Plus: 'Pretty sure iOS 8.0.2 will just turn the iPhone into a fax machine'
prev story

Whitepapers

Forging a new future with identity relationship management
Learn about ForgeRock's next generation IRM platform and how it is designed to empower CEOS's and enterprises to engage with consumers.
Storage capacity and performance optimization at Mizuno USA
Mizuno USA turn to Tegile storage technology to solve both their SAN and backup issues.
The next step in data security
With recent increased privacy concerns and computers becoming more powerful, the chance of hackers being able to crack smaller-sized RSA keys increases.
Security for virtualized datacentres
Legacy security solutions are inefficient due to the architectural differences between physical and virtual environments.
A strategic approach to identity relationship management
ForgeRock commissioned Forrester to evaluate companies’ IAM practices and requirements when it comes to customer-facing scenarios versus employee-facing ones.