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Compute APIs are a new evolution in the mobile and embedded market space, and are subject to quite a range of different conceptual approaches compared to the evolution of 3D graphics API. The mobile-optimised OpenGL ES API for 3D graphics evolved from a market-tested and well-proven OpenGL API for desktop PCs; this allowed a rapid API evolution with fairly little risk. In the mobile space, two offerings are currently competing for developer attention: the Khronos developed OpenCL API (OS agnostic) and the Google Android-specific Renderscript API. While the goal of both APIs is the same in exposing parallel compute functionality, the approach and vision behind both APIs is very different...Read more
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