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Intel Haswell GPUs Now Support OpenGL 4.5 in Ubuntu

OpenGL - Thu, 01/19/2017 - 16:11

Paulo Miguel Dias updated his Padoka PPA (Personal Package Archive) for Ubuntu 16.04 LTS and Ubuntu 16.10 operating systems to the latest Mesa 17.0.0-git, bringing us OpenGL 4.5 support for Intel Haswell GPUs.

Categories: 3D Graphics

Imagination’s new PowerVR GPUs support OpenGL ES, OpenCL, OpenVX and Vulkan

OpenGL - Thu, 01/19/2017 - 15:22

Imagination Technologies announced PowerVR ‘Series8XE Plus’ GPUs this week. The Series8XE Plus GPUs include support for the latest APIs including OpenGL ES 3.2, OpenCL 1.2, Vulkan 1.0 and OpenVX 1.1.

Categories: 3D Graphics

NVIDIA 378.09 beta driver released adding OpenGL threaded optimizations by default

OpenGL - Wed, 01/18/2017 - 19:36

NVIDIA 378.09 beta driver has enabled OpenGL threaded optimizations by default in the driver. As well the driver has added support for the ARB_parallel_shader_compile extension to allow multi-threaded compilation of GLSL shaders. Support for the Vulkan extensions VK_KHR_display and VK_KHR_display_swapchain was also added.

Categories: 3D Graphics

Join Khronos at GDC and VRDC

OpenGL - Tue, 01/17/2017 - 19:03

As you make your plans for GDC, plan to visit Khronos! Find Khronos at Booth #2419 at the GDC expo March 1-3 2017.  If you use Vulkan, glTF or WebGL, then don’t miss our Developer Day Sessions on Feb 28 at GDC! Also be sure to check out our table at VRDC where we look forward to talking with you about the Khronos VR Initiative.

Categories: 3D Graphics

All-Day Vulkan Workshop in Vancouver on January 30

OpenGL - Fri, 01/06/2017 - 17:18
Join the Khronos Group at the Marriott Pinnacle Downtown in Vancouver, BC for a full-day workshop on Vulkan. We will briefly cover the basics, then dive into the details you need. Planned topics include:

• Vulkan tools and resources: SDK, Validation Layers, and Vulkan Loader
• vktrace for desktop and Android
• C/C++ with Vulkan-Hpp
• SPIR-V Tools (GLSLang, SPIR2CROSS, and others)
• Keeping your GPU fed without getting bitten
• Vulkan Tutorial - We'll get into some code!
• Vulkan game development on Android - a case study from Samsung
• SV porting story from Oculus
• Panel/Q&A with ISVs, IHVs, and Presenters: Performance recommendations, practical advice, and answers to your questions

The early-registration price is CAD$149 (about US$112) through January 16. Starting on January 17 the price is CAD$199.
Categories: 3D Graphics

Quick GPU Benchmark: Shadertoy Rainforest

Geeks3D - Wed, 12/28/2016 - 17:41
Here is a quick graphics benchmark of a recent Shadertoy demo: Rainforest. This multipass demo has been ported to GeeXLab by Stefan and is available in the code sample pack in the...
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MSI GeForce GTX 1050 Ti Gaming 4GB Review

Geeks3D - Fri, 12/23/2016 - 10:02
In a recent review, I tested the PNY GTX 1050. Today, let’s compare it with the titanium version materialized by the MSI GTX 1050 Ti Gaming 4GB. Article index: 1 – Overview 2 –...
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WGL_EXT_colorspace specification is now available

OpenGL - Tue, 12/20/2016 - 14:55

WGL_EXT_colorspace specification is available and implemented in GeForce 376.09 drivers. This extension enables faster support of linear rendering on Windows with OpenGL ES for physically based shading. WGL_EXT_colorspace allows rendering directly to the default framebuffer without requiring an intermediate framebuffer and extra blit to perform the linear to sRGB conversion on the default framebuffer. This extension is used in Unity 5.5 editor for OpenGL ES native emulation enabling faster iterations while developing high quality graphics on mobile.

Categories: 3D Graphics

Discovering the Raspberry Pi Sense HAT

Geeks3D - Mon, 12/19/2016 - 12:26
The Raspberry Pi Sense HAT is a really cool piece of hardware: it’s an all-in-one board that comes with several sensors and even a LED matrix. Let’s discover it. 1 – Meet the Sense...
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AMD Crimson ReLive Edition 16.12.1 WHQL (Vulkan API 1.0.30)

Geeks3D - Tue, 12/13/2016 - 17:07
It’s a kind of tradition for AMD to release a special edition of their graphics drivers during the Xmas month. Two years ago, AMD released the Omega Edition, last year, Crimson driver was...
Categories: 3D Graphics

OpenGL-powered watercolor paired with tiltable and rotatable surface

OpenGL - Tue, 12/13/2016 - 01:34

In last week’s SIGGRAPH ASIA, Expresii showed a clever setup with a 28” 4K monitor mounted on a flexible arm that allows users to tilt and rotate the surface while watercolor paint flows down according to the inclination. The life-like flows and the ability to output at 12K resolution are all powered by OpenGL.

Categories: 3D Graphics

Rendering Real Time 3D Graphics on a 32×32 RGB LED Matrix Panel with a Raspberry Pi and GeeXLab (**Updated**)

Geeks3D - Mon, 12/12/2016 - 16:52
In the previous article, I explained how to control the color of a particular LED of the RGB LED matrix panel. Thanks to that knowledge, you can draw simple graphics: points, circles, lines and so...
Categories: 3D Graphics

PNY GeForce GTX 1050 Review

Geeks3D - Thu, 12/08/2016 - 12:57
Today, a quick review of the PNY GeForce GTX 1050. Article index: 1 – Overview 2 – Gallery 3 – GPU Data 4 – Benchmarks 5 – Burn-in Test 6 – Conclusion 1 –...
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Khronos Announces VR Standards Initiative

OpenGL - Tue, 12/06/2016 - 15:50

The Khronos Group today announced a call for participation in a new initiative to define a cross-vendor, royalty-free, open standard for access to modern virtual reality (VR) devices.

The rapid growth of the virtual reality market has led to platform fragmentation, forcing VR applications and engines to be ported and customized to run on multiple VR runtimes, and requiring VR sensors and displays to be integrated with multiple driver interfaces. This fragmentation slows the widespread availability of compelling VR experiences, creating added expense for developers wishing to support multiple VR devices, and hindering the adoption of innovative user interface technologies.

Any company interested to participate is strongly encouraged to join Khronos for a voice and a vote in the development process. Design contributions from any member are welcome. Some of the Khronos member companies helping to get this initiative underway include AMD, ARM, Epic Games, Google,  Intel, LunarG, NVIDIA, Oculus, Razer, Tobii, Valve and VeriSilicon. More information on this initiative and and how to join the Khronos Group is available at:


- VR landing page

- Press Release

- Khronos and VR at SIGGRAPH Asia

- VR community chat

Categories: 3D Graphics

ASUS GeForce GTX 1080 TURBO Review

Geeks3D - Mon, 12/05/2016 - 10:50
Today, a quick review of the ASUS GeForce GTX 1080 TURBO. Article index: 1 – Overview 2 – Gallery 3 – GPU Data 4 – Benchmarks 5 – Burn-in Test 6 – Conclusion 1...
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(Burn-in Test) EVGA GeForce GTX 1070 FTW with new VBIOS and Thermal Pads Tortured

Geeks3D - Fri, 12/02/2016 - 17:45
Recently, EVGA has faced with some overheating issues with its GeForce GTX 1080 and GTX 1070. Since the first November 2016, all new GTX 1080 and 1070 are shipped with a new VGA BIOS and an improved...
Categories: 3D Graphics

Amazon EC2 Elastic GPUs support OpenGL

OpenGL - Wed, 11/30/2016 - 18:06

Amazon EC2 users will soon have the ability to add OpenGL acceleration to existing EC2 instance types.  Amazon-optimized OpenGL library will automatically detect and make use of Elastic GPUs. Amazon will start out with Windows support for OpenGL, and plan to add support for the Amazon Linux AMI and other versions of OpenGL after that.  The GPU added to the instance can have 1, 2, 4, or 8 gigabytes of video memory.  It’s becoming much easier to use OpenGL from GPUs in the cloud.

Categories: 3D Graphics

AMD Crimson 16.11.5 Beta Graphics Driver Released

Geeks3D - Tue, 11/29/2016 - 08:59
AMD just released a new beta version (non-WHQL) of the Crimson graphics driver for all Radeon based gaming graphics cards. Crimson 16.11.5 comes with the support of Watch Dogs 2 as well as a new...
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NVIDIA R376.09 WHQL GeForce Graphics Driver Released

Geeks3D - Mon, 11/28/2016 - 17:12
NVIDIA has released a new set of graphics drivers for all available GeForce graphics cards. R376.09 brings optimizations and support for Watch Dogs 2. R376.09 Desktop Downloads win10 64-bit win10...
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Drawing Simple Graphics on a RGB LED Matrix Panel with a Raspberry Pi and GeeXLab

Geeks3D - Mon, 11/28/2016 - 16:46
In previous articles (HERE and HERE), we have talked about the RGB LED matrix panel as well as the RGB Matrix HAT which is the hardware interface between the LED panel and the Raspberry Pi. Today we...
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