OpenGL Headline News
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.
Paulo Miguel Dias updated his Padoka PPA (Personal Package Archive) for Ubuntu 16.04 LTS and Ubuntu 16.10 operating systems to the latest Mesa 17.0.0-git, bringing us OpenGL 4.5 support for Intel Haswell GPUs.
In last week’s SIGGRAPH ASIA, Expresii showed a clever setup with a 28” 4K monitor mounted on a flexible arm that allows users to tilt and rotate the surface while watercolor paint flows down according to the inclination. The life-like flows and the ability to output at 12K resolution are all powered by OpenGL.
Shadron uses GLSL (OpenGL Shading Language) shaders to manipulate images. For programmers, particularly budding game developers, Shadron could be the answer to a number of your asset creation woes.
This post by Peter Messmer on the NVIDIA Parallel Forall blog provides the basic steps to create a (full) OpenGL context using EGL in a headless environment, with code examples. EGL context creation is particularly relevant for accelerated rendering on HPC systems or in a cloud environment, where context management via X11 is often times impractical. Applications include in situ visualization and CUDA/OpenGL interoperation.