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MUNICH, Germany. Officials at the Khronos Group consortium announced the availability of the OpenGL SC 2.0 specification for bringing programmable graphics to systems that require system safety certification such as commercial and military avionics systems as well as automotive safety systems. Khronos officials made the announcement at the Aviation Electronics Europe show held last week in Munich.

OpenGL SC 2.0 is a subset of OpenGL ES 2.0 that includes GLSL-based programmable shaders to enable enhanced graphics functionality, with increased performance and reduced power. It removes all debug functionality from OpenGL ES 2.0, but integrates the OpenGL robustness extension into the core specification for scheduling and memory access integrity. OpenGL SC 2.0 is designed to be both deterministic and testable while keeping compatibility with existing OpenGL ES 2.0-capable silicon, enabling the immediate deployment of high-volume desktop, mobile, and embedded silicon solutions.

Complete story: http://mil-embedded.com/news/opengl-sc-2-0-for-shader-programmable-safety-critical-graphics-released-by-khronos/

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3D-Tech News Around The Web / NVIDIA R364.19 for Linux
« on: April 22, 2016, 05:27:33 PM »
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Release highlights since 364.15:
Added support for the following GPU:
Tesla M40 24GB

Fixed some locking issues in libnvidia-egl-wayland.so.
Fixed several libnvidia-egl-wayland.so interaction problems with buffer management Wayland protocols.

Downloads:
- Linux 64-bit
- Linux 32-bit
- Linux ARM
- Solaris
- FreeBSD 32-bit
- FreeBSD 64-bit


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English forum / GeeXLab 0.10.1.1 released
« on: April 21, 2016, 04:39:50 PM »
GeeXLab 0.10.1.1 is available for Windows 64-bit only. This is a bugfix release. More information can be found here:

http://www.geeks3d.com/hacklab/20160421/geexlab-0-10-1-1-released-for-windows/


The changelog is available here:
http://www.geeks3d.com/geexlab/changelog/

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English forum / GeeXLab 0.10.0.0 released
« on: April 14, 2016, 05:20:49 PM »

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NVIDIA Pascal GP100 GPU architecture announced today at the GPU Technology Conference 2016:

http://www.geeks3d.com/20160405/gtc-2016-nvidia-pascal-gp100-gpu-and-tesla-p100-computing-platform-announced/

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A list of the "world's 15 greatest living programmers" was published by IT World last year, based on names which came up again and again in coder discussion forums. Alongside the woman who programmed Nasa's Apollo flight control software, the creator of the Linux operating system and the man who created the game Doom, was Jon Skeet, a programmer from Reading.

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Although he has written 32,599 answers to questions about programming since joining Stack Overflow he says he just "fits it in when he can" around working for Google, looking after his three children and caring for his three Bengal cats - Milly, Starshine and Poppy.

Complete story: http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-34596634

Jon Skeet user profile on stackoverflow: http://stackoverflow.com/users/22656/jon-skeet

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Designing a big city that players can explore by day and by night while improving on the unique visual from the first Mirror’s Edge game isn’t an easy task.

In this talk, the tools and technology used to render Mirror’s Edge: Catalyst will be discussed. From the physical sky to the reflection tech, the speakers will show how they tamed the new Frostbite 3 PBR engine to deliver realistic images with stylized visuals.
They will talk about the artistic and technical challenges they faced and how they tried to overcome them, from the simple light settings and Enlighten workflow to character shading and color grading.

Link: http://www.frostbite.com/2016/04/lighting-the-city-of-glass/

Powerpoint: http://frostbite-wp-prd.s3.amazonaws.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/04/02121430/Christin_Fabien_RenderingMirrorsEdge_GDC2016b.pptx

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3D-Tech News Around The Web / Unreal Engine 4.11 Released
« on: April 02, 2016, 11:32:46 AM »
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This release is packed with many new features and numerous performance optimizations. Performance has been a big focus for us as we prepare to ship our next game, Paragon. Several new rendering and animation features focused on rendering realistic characters are in 4.11, as are new audio features and tools improvements. UE4 continues to push VR forward with improvements to VR rendering and support for the latest SDKs so that you can ship your games as VR hardware becomes available to consumers.

Full story: https://www.unrealengine.com/blog/unreal-engine-4-11-released

Realistic Eye Shading:


Performance and Multithreading:


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3D-Tech News Around The Web / DOOM - Fight Like Hell Cinematic Trailer
« on: April 01, 2016, 09:01:30 AM »
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Fight. Like. Hell. Celebrate DOOM's upcoming launch with our all-new live-action cinematic trailer. Directed by Joe Kosinski (Oblivion, Tron: Legacy), the trailer evokes the pillars of DOOM's gameplay: Relentless Combat, Terrifying Demons, and Bad Ass Guns.

DOOM releases on Friday, May 13th on Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC, and can be pre-ordered by heading to DOOM.com

Trailer:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KSZ4tSoumNk

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3D-Tech News Around The Web / Raspberry Pi - MagPi Issue 44 available
« on: April 01, 2016, 08:30:41 AM »
Issue # 44 of the MagPi, the official Raspberry Pi magazine, is available:
https://www.raspberrypi.org/magpi/issues/44/

Direct download of all previous issues from this link:
https://www.raspberrypi.org/magpi-issues/



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Microsoft is reaching out to Linux developers in a way that the company never has before. "The Bash shell is coming to Windows. Yes, the real Bash is coming to Windows," said Microsoft's Kevin Gallo on stage at today's Build 2016 keynote. The announcement received an uproarious applause from the crowd. The new functionality will be enabled as part of this summer's Anniversary Update to Windows 10.

Full story: http://www.theverge.com/2016/3/30/11331014/microsoft-windows-linux-ubuntu-bash

and:

http://www.hanselman.com/blog/DevelopersCanRunBashShellAndUsermodeUbuntuLinuxBinariesOnWindows10.aspx

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At Microsoft’s Build Conference this morning, the company said it will soon deliver on a promise made even before Xbox One’s launch – to allow devs to use any Xbox One as a dev kit.

The ability to develop games using Windows 10 and any retail Xbox One, in theory, significantly lowers the barrier to console game development, which is historically the highest-walled garden in the commercial game industry.

The free upcoming one-year Windows 10 anniversary update this summer will enable the full release for Xbox One dev kit functionality.


Full story: http://www.gamasutra.com/view/news/269286/Any_retail_Xbox_One_can_be_used_as_dev_kit_starting_now.php

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3D-Tech News Around The Web / Visual Studio 2015 Update 2
« on: March 30, 2016, 07:37:46 PM »
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Today, we are happy to announce the release of Visual Studio 2015 Update 2. This release focuses on stability and on responding to the feedback we’ve received on RTM and Update 1.

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C++ Compiler

In this release, we've updated the C++ compiler and standard library with enhanced support for C++11 and C++14 features, as well as preliminary support for certain features expected to be in the C++17 standard. The most notable compiler changes are support for Variable Templates and constexpr improvements.

Visual Studio 2015 Update 2 allows using /SDL with /AWAIT. We also removed /RTC limitation with Coroutines. Coroutines still are experimental, but ready for quality production code now.

Additionally, we've fixed more than 300 compiler bugs, including many submitted by customers through  Microsoft Connect — thank you!

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C++ IDE

The new SQLite-based database engine is now being used by default. This will speed up database operations like Go To Definitions and Find All References, and will significantly improve initial solution parse time. The setting has been moved to Tools -> Options -> Text Editor -> C/C++ -> Advanced (it was formerly under ...C/C++ -> Experimental).   

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Full changelog, new features and downloads:

https://www.visualstudio.com/news/vs2015-update2-vs



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This is allegedly the cooler shroud of the new GTX 1080 (codename not confirmed):



Links:
- http://hexus.net/tech/news/graphics/91673-pictures-nvidia-geforce-gtx-1080-1070-cooler-shrouds-leak/

- http://videocardz.com/58674/nvidia-geforce-gtx-1080-geforce-gtx-1070-cooler-shrouds-pictured


And better than GeForce GTX 1080 cooler shroud, here are the shroud screws, essential components to tie the shroud to the VGA cooler!



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AMD has published a graphics driver for all Radeon R9 on Linux 64-bit:

AMD Radeon™ Software AMD GPU-PRO Beta Driver – Linux® for Vulkan™ Version 16.15.1013 for Ubuntu 14.04.4​​

Highlights
    ​Supported APIs:
        ​OpenGL 4.5 and GLX 1.4
        OpenCL 1.2
        Vulkan 1.0
        VDPAU
    ​​Basic display features
    Basic power management features
    KMS (Kernel Mode Setting) and ADF (Atomic Display Framework) support
    GPL compliant kernel module
    Install script and Debian packages for Ubuntu 14.04.4

Download and more info: http://support.amd.com/en-us/kb-articles/Pages/AMDGPU-PRO-Beta-Driver-for-Vulkan-Release-Notes.aspx?sf22985566=1

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AMD Radeon Software Crimson Edition 16.3.1 Driver Version 16.15.2111

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- Installed or played games sometimes do not show up in the Radeon™ Settings "Gaming" tab.
- Installing via command line may not work for some users. As a workaround please use the default GUI installer.
- Intermittent hang sometimes experienced on UE4 applications.
- Black screen or possible hang after launching Oculus Video Application.
- DirectX 12 application frame rates are no longer locked to the refresh rate of the display panel.

Download page for win7 / win8 and win10:
http://support.amd.com/en-us/kb-articles/Pages/AMD_Radeon_Software_Crimson_Edition_16.3.1.aspx


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At Game Developers Conference in San Francisco, Microsoft held a panel to illustrate the latest advancements in DirectX 12 technology:
  • The adoption of DirectX 12 is huge among developers, with many more games being worked on.
  • Microsoft is working on improving stability and performance of the API.
  • The team is working on a concept called procedural textures, which is a new hardware feature that lets developers vary dynamically the amount of pixels rendered in a particular screen area, controlling performance by varying the image quality of individual parts of a frame independently of the rest of the screen.
  • Shader Model 6 will be implemented, introducing new features.

Read more: http://www.dualshockers.com/2016/03/17/directx-12-adoption-huge-among-developers-hdr-support-coming-in-2017-as-microsoft-shares-new-info/

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Most importantly though the new flagship would not have HBM2 memory. Card is allegedly equipped with 8GB GDDR5X memory, which basically means HBM2 will have to wait for Pascal GP100. Now does it make sense? Technically yes, because mass production of HBM2 modules is not expected to begin sooner than third quarter. FinFET GPU production is probably doing much better than HBM production, so NVIDIA could have taken a safe route that would protect them from any possible issues with HBM production. So rather than wait for new memory chips, NVIDIA is going to use known technology and focus exclusively on new power efficient 16nm FF node.

Link: http://videocardz.com/58462/rumor-nvidia-geforce-gtx-1080-has-gp104-and-8gb-gddr5x-memory

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3D-Tech News Around The Web / NVIDIA Pascal architecture at Computex 2016
« on: February 26, 2016, 07:05:22 PM »
NVIDIA GP104, GP100 at Computex 2016?

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According to SweClockers’ sources NVIDIA might be ready to unveil its new architecture at Computex 2016 (May 31st –  June 4th). However if any difficulties are met on new TSMC 16nm FinFET process, this launch could transform to paper launch.

Source: http://www.sweclockers.com/nyhet/21783-nvidia-geforce-pascal-till-computex-2016
via: http://videocardz.com/58338/nvidia-pascal-to-be-unveiled-at-computex-2016

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