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June 16th 2008 – San Francisco, CA – The Khronos™ Group announced today the formation of a new Compute Working Group to create royalty-free, open standards for programming heterogeneous data and task parallel computing across GPUs and CPUs. The creation of this open standard is intended to enable and encourage diverse applications to leverage all available platform compute resources on a wide range of platforms. Initial participants in the working group include 3Dlabs, AMD, Apple, ARM, Codeplay, Ericsson, Freescale, Graphic Remedy, IBM, Imagination Technologies, Intel, Nokia, NVIDIA, Motorola, QNX, Qualcomm, Samsung, Seaweed, TI, and UmeÃ¥ University. Any company is welcome to join the Khronos Group to participate in this and the other Khronos working groups that are creating an ecosystem of open standards for graphics and media authoring and acceleration. For more details please visit www.khronos.org.

The Compute Working Group will follow proven Khronos processes and invite member contributions as a basis for standardization efforts. Apple has proposed the Open Computing Language (OpenCL) specification to enable any application to tap into the vast gigaflops of GPU and CPU resources through an approachable C-based language. A widely available open-standard compute programming specification with high-performance, general computation support and robust numerics will complement existing solutions and further liberate GPU-based compute power from the realm of graphics-only applications and provide a multi-vendor, portable interface for coordinating all the many-core GPUs and multi-core CPUs within a system. Such capability will have broad applicability - including a central role in the Khronos API ecosystem by providing a powerful compute front-end to OpenGL and OpenGL ES, and a platform for accelerating tasks such as physics and image processing / recognition.

“The Compute Working Group potentially will be one of the most significant standardization efforts at Khronos. Highly-accelerated parallel computation across GPUs and CPUs is essential to many emerging rich consumer applications that will transform the computing experience of diverse users,” said Neil Trevett, president of the Khronos Group. “Significantly, this initiative is aimed at both desktop and embedded devices – the day when you will be able to hold a supercomputer in the palm of your hand is perhaps not so far away.”

Representatives from Khronos and the Compute Working Group will be available in person for briefings at SIGGRAPH in Los Angeles, 11-15th August 2008. Contact Elizabeth Riegel at the contact information above for appointments.
Just in case the hugeness is lost in the press release speak;

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June 16th 2008 – San Francisco, CA – The Khronos™ Group announced today the formation of a new Compute Working Group to create royalty-free, open standards for programming heterogeneous data and task parallel computing across GPUs and CPUs.
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Initial participants in the working group include 3Dlabs, AMD, Apple, ARM, Codeplay, Ericsson, Freescale, Graphic Remedy, IBM, Imagination Technologies, Intel, Nokia, NVIDIA, Motorola, QNX, Qualcomm, Samsung, Seaweed, TI, and Umeå University.
Intel, Nvidia and AMD are playing together to create the open, free equivalent of CAL/CTM/CUDA that will run on all platforms, GPU and CPU, working together on tasks. No more disjointed 'CUDA applications' and 'CTM applications' that only run on one vendor.
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Brilliant news. Can't wait to see the results.
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Intel, Nvidia and AMD
Its good to those companies in the same sentance for once when they are collaborating.
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This is great news, but from what I've heard there's no plan yet to include this in Windows or Linux; so far I've only heard it being available in Mac OS X, and that's not going to happen for another year.
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This is great news, but from what I've heard there's no plan yet to include this in Windows or Linux; so far I've only heard it being available in Mac OS X, and that's not going to happen for another year.
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It's just a proposal. Unless it's completely open and adaptable across platforms I doubt Khronos is willing to cater for Apple on this one.

At least Intel are really pushing for Linux, with Linux on their 'MID' devices they are pushing, and running all their ray tracing demos on Linux..
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It's just a proposal. Unless it's completely open and adaptable across platforms I doubt Khronos is willing to cater for Apple on this one.
I doubt that Khronos would just be sticking with Apple, too, but Apple is the only company who has specifically mentioned that they're going to include OpenCL in their operating system.
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