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English forum / OpenGL 4 Subroutines + OSX Yosemite + GTX 780
« Last post by JeGX on October 22, 2014, 08:10:47 AM »
OS X 10.10 Yosemite + NVIDIA R343.01: not better!

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October 20th, 2014, – The Khronos™ Group today announced the ratification and public release of the finalized OpenVX™ 1.0 specification, an open, royalty-free standard for cross platform acceleration of computer vision applications. OpenVX enables performance and power-optimized computer vision processing, especially important in embedded and real-time uses cases such as face, body and gesture tracking, smart video surveillance, advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS), object and scene reconstruction, augmented reality, visual inspection, robotics and more. In addition to the OpenVX specification, Khronos has developed a full set of conformance tests and an Adopters Program, that enables implementers to test their implementations and use the OpenVX trademark if conformant. Khronos plans to ship an open source, fully-conformant CPU-based implementation of OpenVX 1.0 before the end of 2014. The full OpenVX 1.0 specification and details about the OpenVX Adopters Program are available at www.khronos.org/openvx.

OpenVX defines a higher level of abstraction for execution and memory models than compute frameworks such as OpenCL™, enabling significant implementation innovation and efficient execution on a wide range of architectures while maintaining a consistent vision acceleration API for application portability. An OpenVX developer expresses a connected graph of vision nodes that an implementer can execute and optimize through a wide variety of techniques such as: acceleration on CPUs, GPUs, DSPs or dedicated hardware, compiler optimizations, node coalescing, and tiled execution to keep sections of processed images in local memories. This architectural agility enables OpenVX applications on a diversity of systems optimized for different levels of power and performance, including very battery-sensitive, vision-enabled, wearable displays.

“Increasingly powerful and efficient processors and image sensors are enabling engineers to incorporate visual intelligence into a wide range of systems and applications,” said Jeff Bier, founder of the Embedded Vision Alliance. “A key challenge for engineers is efficiently mapping complex algorithms onto the processor best suited to the application. OpenVX is an important step towards easing this challenge.”

The precisely defined specification and conformance tests for OpenVX make it ideal for deployment in production systems, where cross-vendor consistency and reliability are essential. OpenVX is complementary to the popular OpenCV open source vision library that is also used for application prototyping but is not so tightly defined and lacks OpenVX graph optimizations. Khronos has defined the VXU™ utility library to enable developers to call individual OpenVX nodes as standalone functions for efficient code migration from traditional vision libraries such as OpenCV. Finally, as any Khronos specification, OpenVX is extensible to enable nodes to be defined and deployed to meet customer needs, ahead of being integrated into the core specification.
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Press release:  https://www.khronos.org/news/press/khronos-finalizes-and-releases-openvx-1.0-specification-for-computer-vision
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English forum / Very Simple OpenGL Extensions Viewer
« Last post by JeGX on October 19, 2014, 05:58:29 PM »
Here is a small demo (in Lua) that shows how to list the OpenGL extensions exposed by the driver.

You can browse the extensions list using the following keys:
- PAGE_DOWN / PAGE_UP: to move up and down in the list.
- HOME: to jump to the start of the list
- END: to jump to the end of the list

The demo is available in the code sample pack in the host_api/OpenGL_Extensions/ folder



I haven't tested the demo on OSX and Linux but it should work. Otherwise, let me know in this thread.
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English forum / GPU PhysX on Linux
« Last post by JeGX on October 18, 2014, 04:07:32 PM »
The new PhysX SDK version 3.3.2 adds the GPU PhysX acceleration on Linux (see THIS NEWS).  I updated GLSL Hacker with this new SDK (GLSL Hacker v0.7.2.0) and I added a new particle demo in the code sample pack:

host_api/PhysX3/Pool/demo_gl2_v1.xml

This is a simple particle/fluids demo that fills a pool with particles:



On Linux, you can start the demo with the command line:
Code: [Select]
$ ./GLSLHacker /demofile=\"path_to_code_sample_pack/host_api/PhysX/Pool/demo_gl2_v1.xml\"


Currently, I didn't manage to get the GPU acceleration on Linux (Mint 17 64-bit). I tested with latest R331.104 and with R340.xx. There is a cuInit failure (I installed the latest CUDA toolkit v6.5.14). The cuInit failure is also present with PhysX SDK samples.

Here are some benchmark numbers with GPU PhysX (currently only under Windows) and CPU PhysX (Windows and Linux).

To force CPU PhysX, just edit the demo file (demo_gl2_v1.xml) and update the line 182:
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gpu_physx = 0


Benchmark settings: 6000 particles, 1280x720 windowed.

On Windows with a GeForce GTX 660 (R337.50) + Intel Core i5 2320 @ 3GHz:
- GPU PhysX: around 420 FPS
- CPU PhysX: around 150 FPS


On Linux Mint 17 64-bit, with a GeForce GTX 680 (R331.104) + AMD FX 6100 @ 3.3GHz:
- GPU PhysX: not available (cuInit failed)
- CPU PhysX: around 60 FPS (this CPU sucks!)

As soon as the GPU PhysX will be enabled, we should see a jump in the FPS on Linux (> 100 FPS on my Linux box).

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English forum / Re: OpenGL 4 Shader Subroutines - NVIDIA/OSX bug?
« Last post by JeGX on October 18, 2014, 03:40:51 PM »
I will try to update the NV driver, but I don't know if the Quadro driver will be ok for the GT650M.

Will try also OSX 10.10 asap...
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English forum / Re: OpenGL 4 Shader Subroutines - NVIDIA/OSX bug?
« Last post by oscarbg on October 17, 2014, 10:50:06 PM »
you know there is new MacOS 10.10 ready and even a big jump in Nvidia Web drivers to 343:
http://us.download.nvidia.com/Mac/Quadro_Certified/343.01.01f01/WebDriver-343.01.01f01.pkg
 can you test if fixes the issues?
 will be good to know..
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qu3e is a compact, light-weight and fast 3D physics engine in C++. It is has been specifically created to be used in games. It is portable with no external dependencies other than various standard c header files (such as cassert and cmath). qu3e is designed to have an extremely simple interface for creating and manipulating rigid bodies.

qu3e is of particular interest to those in need of a fast and simple 3D physics engine, without spending too much time learning about how the whole engine works. In order to keep things very simple and friendly for new users, only box collision is supported. No other shapes are supported (capsules and spheres may be added in the future if requested).

Since qu3e is written in C++ is intended for users familiar with C++. The inner-code of qu3e has quite a few comments and is a great place for users to learn the workings of a 3D physics engine.

qu3e stands for "cube", since the 3 looks slightly like the letter b and boxes (or cubes!) are the primary type of collision object.

link: https://github.com/RandyGaul/qu3e
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English forum / OpenGL 4 Shader Subroutines - NVIDIA/OSX bug?
« Last post by JeGX on October 17, 2014, 06:32:29 PM »
I struggled many hours recently with subroutines and I didn't manage to make them ok under OS X with a GeForce GPU.
I added a new simple demo that shows a pqtorus rendered three times, each time with a different subroutine (texture, phong, phong+texture).

The demo is available in the code sample pack:
host_api/gl-400-arb-shader-subroutine/demo_gl4_v3.xml

The latest GLSL Hacker 0.7.2.0 is recommended.

The demo works fine on Windows. On OS X, the demo works fine for Intel and AMD GPUs but not for NVIDIA GPUs. With the GT650M / OSX, the same subroutine is used to shade all meshes and that's the bug. I suspect a bug on OSX with GeForce GPUs because the demo works fine everywhere else. But since it's a NVIDIA related issue, my code can be also guilty...


OK - NVIDIA GeForce GTX 660 - R337.50 - Win7 64-bit


OK - Intel HD 4000 - OS X 10.9


OK - AMD Radeon HD 6870 - OS X 10.9 (Hackintosh)


ERROR - NVIDIA GeForce GT 650M (Macbook Retina Mid-2012) - OS X 10.9

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English forum / GLSL Hacker 0.7.2.0 released
« Last post by JeGX on October 17, 2014, 03:16:11 PM »
A new version of GLSL Hacker is ready, this time for all OSes (Windows, OSX and Linux) at the same time!

The PhysX plugin has been updated with the latest PhysX SDK v3.3.2

Downloads: http://www.geeks3d.com/glslhacker/download.php

The code sample pack has been updated too: http://www.geeks3d.com/glslhacker/cs/

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Version 0.7.2.0 - 2014.10.17
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! improved the FBX plugin (Windows and OS X) for loading Autodesk FBX files.
! updated the PhysX 3 plugin (Windows, Linux and OS X) with
  latest PhysX SDK v3.3.2.
+ added a new OBJ loader (for testing purposes) and a way to change
  current OBJ loader with gh_model.set_current_3d_obj_loader(name):
  "ObjLoaderV1" or "ObjLoaderV2". Default is "ObjLoaderV1".

Full changelog is available here: http://www.geeks3d.com/glslhacker/changelog.php
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3D-Tech News Around The Web / Qt 5.4 Beta Available
« Last post by JeGX on October 17, 2014, 02:52:46 PM »
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I am extremely happy to announce that Qt 5.4 Beta is now available for download. There are a lot of new and interesting things in Qt 5.4 and I will try to summarize the most important highlights in this blog post.

Qt 5.4 brings capability to dynamically select during the application startup whether to use ANGLE or OpenGL on Windows. It is possible to use either opengl32.dll or ANGLE’s OpenGL ES 2.0 implementation in Qt applications without the need for two separate builds of the binaries. This significantly simplifies the task of creating Qt Quick applications for Windows PCs. Dynamic GL switching is not yet enabled in the prebuilt Qt 5.4 Beta binaries. In addition to these, there is a large number of smaller improvements and bug fixes for the Windows port in Qt 5.4.

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QOpenGLContext is now able to adopt existing native contexts (EGL, GLX, …). This allows interoperability between Qt and other frameworks, such as game engines.

Link: http://blog.qt.digia.com/blog/2014/10/17/qt-5-4-beta-available/
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