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This guide provides configuration, optimization, and tuning information and recommendations for AMD Opteron™ 
6200 Series processors (formerly code-named “Interlagos” and built on AMD’s new core architecture) running   
in a Linux environment. This guide is designed to help users through initial bios and system setup to ensure that   
a base level of performance is achieved. Once a system is configured to this level, users can reference AMD’s   
Software Optimization Guide for AMD Family 15h Processors to help further optimize workload performance.

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3D-Tech News Around The Web / AMD APP KernelAnalyzer 1.12
« on: April 24, 2012, 04:40:45 PM »
AMD APP KernelAnalyzer is a static analysis tool for OpenCL(TM) kernels

No 1.12 changelog yet, probably OpenCL 1.2 support?

What's New in Version 1.11

    Support for Catalyst™ driver 11.12.
    Support for AMD APP SDK 2.6.

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EGL_KHR_config_attribs EGL_KHR_image EGL_KHR_image_base EGL_KHR_image_pixmap EGL_KHR_gl_texture_2D_image EGL_KHR_gl_texture_cubemap_image EGL_KHR_gl_renderbuffer_image EGL_ANDROID_blob_cache EGL_KHR_vg_parent_image EGL_NV_perfmon EGL_NV_system_time EGL_KHR_lock_surface EGL_KHR_fence_sync EGL_NV_sync EGL_NV_depth_nonlinear EGL_NV_post_sub_buffer EGL_NV_post_convert_rounding EGL_NV_native_query EGL_KHR_stream EGL_KHR_stream_fifo EGL_NV_stream_producer_eglsurface EGL_NV_stream_consumer_gltexture EGL_NV_stream_cross_process_fd EGL_NV_multiview_window EGL_EXT_create_context_robustness EGL_IMG_context_priority EGL_NV_3dvision_surface     EGL_NV_coverage_sample  EGL_NV_coverage_sample_resolve NVIDIA

GL_OES_rgb8_rgba8 GL_OES_EGL_sync GL_OES_fbo_render_mipmap GL_NV_depth_nonlinear GL_NV_draw_path GL_NV_texture_npot_2D_mipmap GL_OES_EGL_image GL_OES_EGL_image_external GL_OES_vertex_half_float GL_OES_mapbuffer GL_NV_draw_buffers GL_NV_multiview_draw_buffers GL_EXT_Cg_shader GL_EXT_packed_float GL_OES_texture_half_float GL_EXT_texture_array GL_OES_compressed_ETC1_RGB8_texture GL_EXT_texture_compression_latc GL_NV_texture_compression_latc GL_EXT_texture_compression_dxt1 GL_EXT_texture_compression_s3tc GL_NV_texture_compression_s3tc GL_EXT_texture_filter_anisotropic GL_NV_get_tex_image GL_NV_read_buffer GL_NV_shader_framebuffer_fetch GL_NV_copy_image GL_NV_fbo_color_attachments GL_EXT_bgra GL_EXT_texture_format_BGRA8888 GL_EXT_unpack_subimage GL_NV_pack_subimage GL_NV_texture_compression_s3tc_update GL_NV_read_depth GL_NV_read_stencil GL_NV_uniform_buffer_object GL_EXT_robustness GL_OES_standard_derivatives GL_NV_EGL_stream_consumer_external GL_NV_3dvision_settings GL_EXT_debug_marker GL_EXT_debug_label    GL_NV_coverage_sample   GL_EXT_occlusion_query_boolean  GL_NV_timer_query


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3D-Tech News Around The Web / AMD gDEBugger 6.2 standalone
« on: April 21, 2012, 02:08:18 AM »
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What's new in gDEBugger 6.2?

    Introducing Linux® Support
    New standalone user interface for both Linux® and Windows®, with enhancements for better navigation and ease of use
    Supports OpenCL™ kernel and API level debugging on AMD Radeon HD 7000 series graphics cards
    Supports OpenCL™ 1.2 beta drivers
    Automatic updater to notify and download new product updates
    Feature enhancements including support for static arrays, union variables and Find feature
    Stability improvements


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If what’s past is prologue, then the future of mobile graphics technology is bright, according to NVIDIA’s Mike Rayfield.

Mike, who helps run our mobile business, discussed the evolution of the PC at an industry event yesterday in Seattle hosted by HTC. He also explained how mobile graphics technology is gaining on the performance level of console graphics.

read more...

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3D-Tech News Around The Web / (Android) Droid@Screen
« on: April 20, 2012, 05:41:01 PM »
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Droid@Screen is a stand-alone Java Swing GUI application that shows the screen of an Android device on a computer. Typical usage is showing an app demo or during training.

This allows you to grab screens and use the Dalvik debug monitor at the same time.


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Tegra Android Development Pack

Development Tools Included:

    NVIDIA Debug Manager for Eclipse 12.0.1
    Android SDK r18
    Android NDK r7c
    JDK 6u24
    Cygwin 1.7
    Eclipse 3.7.1
    CDT 8.0.0
    ADT 15.0.0
    Apache Ant 1.8.2


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3D-Tech News Around The Web / NVIDIA CUDA 4.2 final
« on: April 19, 2012, 04:53:54 PM »

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Android Development Kit for Sitara Microprocessors
This release package provides Android IceCream Sandwich (ICS) 4.0.3 distribution for TI's Sitara(TM) AM3715 ARM Cortex(TM) A8 Processor. The DevKit provides Android sources with pre-integrated SGX (3D graphics accelerator) drivers, TI hardware abstraction for Audio, WLAN & Bluetooth for TI WL1271 chipset, USB mass storage, etc.

The RowboPerf APK seems to work with any Android device.



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3D-Tech News Around The Web / NVIDIA CUDA 4.2 RC1 with GTX680 support
« on: April 18, 2012, 05:15:00 PM »
A bit late this news, but NVIDA announced it nowhere except from the thread in their new unreadable forum  ::)

Actually i was puzzled the other day about the Macintosh driver.

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Where do I get CUDA toolkits for GeForce GTX 680?

The recommended CUDA Toolkit can be downloaded from:

http://developer.download.nvidia.com/compute/cuda/4_2/rc/toolkit/cudatoolkit_4.2.6_linux_32_rhel5.5.run
http://developer.download.nvidia.com/compute/cuda/4_2/rc/toolkit/cudatoolkit_4.2.6_linux_32_sles11.0.run
http://developer.download.nvidia.com/compute/cuda/4_2/rc/toolkit/cudatoolkit_4.2.6_linux_32_suse11.2.run
http://developer.download.nvidia.com/compute/cuda/4_2/rc/toolkit/cudatoolkit_4.2.6_linux_32_ubuntu10.04.run
http://developer.download.nvidia.com/compute/cuda/4_2/rc/toolkit/cudatoolkit_4.2.6_linux_32_ubuntu11.04.run
http://developer.download.nvidia.com/compute/cuda/4_2/rc/toolkit/cudatoolkit_4.2.6_linux_64_fedora14.run
http://developer.download.nvidia.com/compute/cuda/4_2/rc/toolkit/cudatoolkit_4.2.6_linux_64_rhel5.5.run
http://developer.download.nvidia.com/compute/cuda/4_2/rc/toolkit/cudatoolkit_4.2.6_linux_64_rhel6.0.run
http://developer.download.nvidia.com/compute/cuda/4_2/rc/toolkit/cudatoolkit_4.2.6_linux_64_sles11.0.run
http://developer.download.nvidia.com/compute/cuda/4_2/rc/toolkit/cudatoolkit_4.2.6_linux_64_suse11.2.run
http://developer.download.nvidia.com/compute/cuda/4_2/rc/toolkit/cudatoolkit_4.2.6_linux_64_ubuntu10.04.run
http://developer.download.nvidia.com/compute/cuda/4_2/rc/toolkit/cudatoolkit_4.2.6_linux_64_ubuntu11.04.run

Windows Users (GTX 680 only at this time):

The recommended NVIDIA Driver for GTX 680 is 301.10, which can be downloaded from http://www.geforce.com/Drivers.

The recommended CUDA Toolkit can be downloaded from:

http://developer.download.nvidia.com/compute/cuda/4_2/rc/toolkit/cudatoolkit_4.2.6_win_32.msi
http://developer.download.nvidia.com/compute/cuda/4_2/rc/toolkit/cudatoolkit_4.2.6_win_64.msi

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3D-Tech News Around The Web / CryENGINE 3.4.0 - DX11 Now Available
« on: April 13, 2012, 09:58:37 PM »
Crytek Places More Power at Developers' Fingertips with the Arrival of the next free CryENGINE 3 SDK Update


Further increasing the creative power at developers' fingertips, Crytek today announced the arrival of a feature-filled update to its award-winning game development solution, CryENGINE 3. The CryENGINE 3 SDK now presents users with brand new tools to tap into, including revamped DirectX 11 tessellation, advanced character rendering options, improved AI system and much more.

Among the key enhancements free CryENGINE 3 SDK users can look forward to in version 3.4 are:

    Revamped DirectX 11 Tessellation

    Multi-layer Navigation Mesh

    Improved Skin Rendering and Eye Shader

    Advanced/Improved/Extended Glass Shader

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CHANGES IN NVAPI FOR DRIVER RELEASE 300

New Functions

 NvAPI_GPU_QueryIlluminationSupport

 NvAPI_GPU_GetIllumination

 NvAPI_GPU_SetIllumination

New Structures

 isPanAndScanTarget added to
   NV_DISPLAYCONFIG_PATH_ADVANCED_TARGET_INFO_V1

 NV_GPU_QUERY_ILLUMINATION_SUPPORT_PARM_V1

 NV_GPU_GET_ILLUMINATION_PARM_V1

 NV_GPU_SET_ILLUMINATION_PARM_V1

 NV_I2C_INFO_V3

New Enums

 NV_GPU_ILLUMINATION_ATTRIB

NVAPIDriverSettings Changes

New additions:

 OGL_MAX_FRAMES_ALLOWED_STRING

 D3DOGL_GPU_MAX_POWER_STRING

 VSYNC_BEHAVIOR_FLAGS_STRING

 WKS_FEATURE_SUPPORT_CONTROL_STRING

 VSYNCTEARCONTROL_STRING

 OGL_MAX_FRAMES_ALLOWED_ID added to ESetting

 D3DOGL_GPU_MAX_POWER_ID added to ESetting

 VSYNC_BEHAVIOR_FLAGS_ID added to ESetting

 WKS_FEATURE_SUPPORT_CONTROL_ID added to ESetting

 VSYNCTEARCONTROL_ID added to ESetting

 EValues_VSYNC_BEHAVIOR_FLAGS enum added

 EValues_WKS_FEATURE_SUPPORT_CONTROL enum added

 PRERENDERLIMIT_APP_CONTROLLED added to EValues_PRERENDERLIMIT

 EValues_VSYNCTEARCONTROL enum added

 g_valuesD3DOGL_GPU_MAX_POWER array added

 g_valuesVSYNC_BEHAVIOR_FLAGS array added

 g_valuesWKS_FEATURE_SUPPORT_CONTROL added

 PRERENDERLIMIT_APP_CONTROLLED added to g_valuesPRERENDERLIMIT
   array

 g_valuesVSYNCTEARCONTROL array added

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Linderdaum Puzzle released with 3D flow UI

Apr 10, 2012

Linderdaum released next major version of its in-development Android game Linderdaum Puzzle. The game uses Linderdaum Engine to render smooth GUI with 3D images gallery. Linderdaum Puzzle runs on Android 2.1+ smart-phones and tablets via OpenGL ES 2.0 and is available from Google Play. Source code of the game is available within Linderdaum Engine SDK. Linderdaum Engine is an open source purely object-oriented 3D gaming engine for Microsoft Windows and Google Android written in C++. It is designed to be an integrated solution for the development of interactive 3D applications, for game, industrial and scientific visualization.


The app is now also available at SlideMe.org, good for devices without Gapps  :)

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GIMP 2.8 RC 1 arrives with GPU acceleration

The GIMP developers have announced the first release candidate for the upcoming 2.8 stable release of the open source graphics package. The new version includes updates to the Generic Graphics Library (GEGL) and the beginnings of support for GPU hardware acceleration using OpenCL.

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Security vulnerability CVE-2012-0946 in the NVIDIA UNIX driver was disclosed to NVIDIA on March 20th, 2012. The vulnerability makes it possible for an attacker who has read and write access to the GPU device nodes to reconfigure GPUs to gain access to arbitrary system memory. NVIDIA is not aware of any reports of this vulnerability, outside of the disclosure which was made privately to NVIDIA.

The default file permissions on the GPU device nodes grant read and write access to all users. The permissions are configurable, but even on systems where the device node permissions are restricted, read and write access must be granted to any users who need to run applications that perform GLX direct rendering, or use the GPU to run computations through APIs like CUDA or OpenCL. Because any user with read and write access to the GPU device nodes could potentially exploit this vulnerability to gain access to system memory that would normally be inaccessible to that user, this vulnerability has been classified as high risk by NVIDIA.

NVIDIA has identified the root cause of the vulnerability and has released updated drivers which close it. The 295.40 driver for Linux, Solaris, and FreeBSD contains the fix for this issue, and we encourage all users with Geforce 8 or newer, G80 Quadro or newer, and all Tesla GPUs to update their drivers to one of these versions. Additionally, a patch to the kernel interface layer of the NVIDIA Linux kernel module is available, which can be used to patch older drivers, if necessary. The patch and instructions on how to apply it are available at ftp://download.nvidia.com/XFree86/patches/security/CVE-2012-0946. Driver 295.40 already has the patch applied: if it is installed, then no further action is necessary.

The Linux CUDA debugger will no longer work after applying the security patch. An updated CUDA library is required in order to use the CUDA debugger with a driver which has had this vulnerability closed. The CUDA library distributed with 295.40 contains the changes necessary for proper operation of the CUDA debugger.

NVIDIA provides a technical contact to security firms to inform us of potential security issues. We encourage anyone that has identified what they believe to be a security issue with an NVIDIA driver to directly contact our UNIX Graphics Driver security email alias, unix-security@nvidia.com, to report and evaluate any potential issues prior to publishing a public security advisory.

NVIDIA is committed to providing robust, secure graphics drivers for Linux, Solaris, and FreeBSD. We encourage anyone encountering issues with our driver to work with us through thehttp://www.nvnews.net forums to help us collect the information needed to investigate and resolve issues in our driver.

We look forward to continuing to work with the professional security community to make our driver more robust and secure.


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3D-Tech News Around The Web / Android SDK R18 (OS 4.04) released
« on: April 10, 2012, 08:36:15 PM »
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A Faster Emulator with Better Hardware Support

Added GPU Support

The system image we’re shipping today has built-in GPU support (Android 4.0.3 r2). With Android’s growing reliance on using the GPU to improve performance, the difference is significant. In the video below, the emulator is still interpreting ARM instructions; the performance boost is the effect of putting the GPU to work.

As a bonus, since we’re now supporting OpenGL ES 2.0, your OpenGL games can now run inside the emulator.

Please note that there are a lot of GPUs out there, and we haven’t tested all of them for this beta release, so let us know if you have feedback or encounter issues.

Attention: snapshot and GPU emulation still exclude each other.

If you get it running w/o crash, it looks like this in Android GPU tools:









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Release Notes

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New Features
 
The following new features and optimizations have been added to the 8.911.3.x release:
 
  Support for FirePro V3900
  DirectX 9 and OGL support for FirePro V7900 SDI
  OpenCL runtime support for Linux
  Support for SLED/SLES 10 Service Pack 4
  Pro/E Wildfire performance improvements

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