OpenGL News Archives
Around 2 years in development experimental real-time ray tracing, with polygons and OpenGL 4.6. Used mostly compute shaders. However, the project is very actively changing and developing. At moment in refactoring stage.
Looking for a C ++ wrapper for OpenGL? This new young wrapper is currently under heavy development. A similar library is also being developed for WebGL (tygl). Includes: STD library support, GLM library support, Support for “C ++ 14” and Visual Studio.
Sundog Software released version 5.0 of the SilverLining Sky, 3D Cloud, and Weather SDK, featuring support for OpenGL 2.0 through 4.5. SilverLining is a C++ library that simulates real-time skies for any given time, location, and weather conditions. It implements a variety of volumetric rendering techniques to represent many different 3D cloud types in a physically realistic manner from any angle, while maintaining high frame-rates. SilverLining 5 introduces new hand-modeled storm clouds suitable for use in flight simulators. Large, natural-looking cumulonimbus thunderheads and towering cumulus clouds in various stages of development are included. SilverLining integrates into any OpenGL application easily with simple calls to initialize, update, and draw its skies, clouds, and precipitation effects. Integration code for OpenSceneGraph is included. SilverLining is widely used in the training and simulation industry, and powers the popular “SkyMaxx Pro” add-on for the X-Plane flight simulator.
In early August the Khronos team was at SIGGRAPH in Los Angeles, where we celebrated OpenGL’s 25th anniversary at the BOF Blitz Party. We also announced a new website, as well as OpenGL 4.6, a growing glTF ecosystem, and the Vulkan Portability Initiative. Learn more about BOF Blitz.
Visualization is a great tool for understanding large amounts of data, but transferring the data from an HPC system or from the cloud to a local workstation for analysis can be a painful experience. Analyzing and visualizing data right where it is generated and using server-side rendering lets you deliver high quality visual content to any client hardware. Whether it’s a DGX station or a smartphone. With the arrival of EGL, taking advantage of OpenGL on a headless server has become even simpler, making it unnecessary to run an X server or any other tools. Slight modifications to your OpenGL context management code using EGL functions is required as described in this post. Using EGL also requires you to link your application to different libraries. This post from NVIDIA is about how to correctly link a modern OpenGL application.
Looking for complete set of C++11 classes to wrap OpenGL 4.6 that relies on modern Direct State Access (DSA) usage? Try Ali Can Demiralp’s wrapper on github.com based on GLEW 2.1. Also supports CUDA interoperation and GLM for OpenGL Mathematics.
If you decide to install Google Earth today, you will be interacting with the Pro version. In the past you had the option to switch between DirectX or OpenGL when running Google Earth on Windows, now the application defaults to OpenGL mode. Learn about the other improvements.
With SIGGRAPH 2017 almost behind us, we wanted to ensure you could find everything Khronos related one place:
- Khronos SIGGRAPH 2017 Event page
- Press Release: Khronos Releases OpenGL 4.6 with SPIR-V Support
- OpenGL 4.6 Feedback forum
- Press Release: Khronos Releases Graphics API Updates and Demonstrates Ecosystem Advancement at SIGGRAPH 2017
- Blog: Strong glTF Ecosystem Momentum at SIGGRAPH 2017
- Blog: Khronos Announces the Vulkan Portability Initiative
- Presentation Slides
- Video: Playlist from Khronos BOFs
- Photos from SIGGRAPH
OpenGL 4.6 adds support for SPIR-V extensions (GL_ARB_spirv_extensions) so you can tell what OpenGL extensions have corresponding SPIR-V support. The GPU Caps Viewer has been updated to report the SPIR-V extensions of OpenGL 4.6 drivers.
Excited about NVIDIA’s latest driver with OpenGL 4.6 support? But you missed getting the details at SIGGRAPH 2017? Watch Jeff Kiel and Mark Kilgard explain OpenGL 4.6, a live demo of Nsight analyzing GFXBench’s OpenGL path, multi-vendor interop, NVIDIA’s open source contributions for graphics, and more. Alternatively flip through theslides.