Feeds

New WebCL toolkit hooks browser apps into GPUs – and that's not good news for Apple

Hey mum, what was an 'App Store'?

Boost IT visibility and business value

Vid Web browsers apps on PCs and smartphones will be able to hook directly into the system's graphics chip and boost performance, thanks to the first WebCL release.

WebCL 1.0 is a set of JavaScript bindings to the OpenCL graphics programming standard, its developers the Khronos Group announced today: the software interface lets in-browser apps use hardware acceleration built into the GPU, as well as the multiple cores of a CPU, to drive on-screen output. The release follows other OpenGL-compatible developments the group revealed on Monday.

"This a big deal because now you'll be able to access everything on the web, and stuff that hadn't even shown up yet, and get it to execute fast and smooth,” said Jon Peddie, president of analysts JPR Tiburon. "That's what's going to compel consumers to get behind this thing."

The Khronos Group has produced a video showing how this work translates into a real-world example, by allowing much faster rendering times – up to twenty times faster in testing according to the organization's president, and vice president of mobile ecosystem at Nvidia, Neil Trevett.

But WegGL and CL could also cause trouble for some mobile app marketplaces' cash flow, he warned. After all, if you can get as good performance from an in-browser application or game as you can from native code, then sales of standalone apps could be hit.

"The one mobile platform that hasn't implemented WebGL, and is not exposing it directly to developers, is Apple," Trevett told a press briefing at the Games Development Conference in San Francisco today.

"One might argue that Apple has one of the largest app store revenues. But in the end, the web is the one platform that you can't really fight in the long term." ®

Build a business case: developing custom apps

More from The Register

next story
KDE releases ice-cream coloured Plasma 5 just in time for summer
Melty but refreshing - popular rival to Mint's Cinnamon's still a work in progress
Leaked Windows Phone 8.1 Update specs tease details of Nokia's next mobes
New screen sizes, dual SIMs, voice over LTE, and more
PEAK LANDFILL: Why tablet gloom is good news for Windows users
Sinofsky's hybrid strategy looks dafter than ever
Fiendishly complex password app extension ships for iOS 8
Just slip it in, won't hurt a bit, 1Password makers urge devs
Mozilla keeps its Beard, hopes anti-gay marriage troubles are now over
Plenty on new CEO's todo list – starting with Firefox's slipping grasp
Apple: We'll unleash OS X Yosemite beta on the MASSES on 24 July
Starting today, regular fanbois will be guinea pigs, it tells Reg
Another day, another Firefox: Version 31 is upon us ALREADY
Web devs, Mozilla really wants you to like this one
prev story

Whitepapers

Implementing global e-invoicing with guaranteed legal certainty
Explaining the role local tax compliance plays in successful supply chain management and e-business and how leading global brands are addressing this.
Boost IT visibility and business value
How building a great service catalog relieves pressure points and demonstrates the value of IT service management.
Why and how to choose the right cloud vendor
The benefits of cloud-based storage in your processes. Eliminate onsite, disk-based backup and archiving in favor of cloud-based data protection.
The Essential Guide to IT Transformation
ServiceNow discusses three IT transformations that can help CIO's automate IT services to transform IT and the enterprise.
Maximize storage efficiency across the enterprise
The HP StoreOnce backup solution offers highly flexible, centrally managed, and highly efficient data protection for any enterprise.