SIGGRAPH 2016 Kicks Off Today: What Exciting News Awaits?

Written by Michael Larabel in Standards on 24 July 2016 at 08:58 AM EDT. 10 Comments
SIGGRAPH 2016 kicks off today in Anaheim, California! It will hopefully be an interesting week with news excepted from the likes of The Khronos Group and others.

This is now the 43rd conference/expo for computer graphics. SIGGRAPH 2016 runs from 24 to 28 July. Unfortunately, I am not able to attend in person due to the extremely tight budget due to ad-blockers and the like that have prevented me from doing any conferences in person the past few years, but will be providing my coverage remotely.

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Of course, from the Phoronix perspective what I'm most excited for as usual are the Khronos Group updates... Generally it's at SIGGRAPH where Khronos traditionally has released new updates to the OpenGL specification. It will be interesting to see this week what happens if they put out OpenGL 4.6 (or OpenGL 5.0?) or if it ends up being like last year where it's just the "2016" extension updates.

Since the February launch of Vulkan 1.0, it will be interesting to see if Vulkan 1.1 or any significant updates are out on that front as since then they've just continued with the minor Vulkan 1.0.x weekly specification updates/corrections. Already this weekend has been the Vulkan-Hpp C++ API announcement.

Let's not forget there is also OpenCL, OpenVX, SPIR-V, WebGL, and other industry standards they champion could potentially update this week too. You can see the Khronos at SIGGRAPH 2016 schedule here.

From looking at the schedule page, it does sound like OpenCL 2.2 may be made official. "Neil Trevett, NVIDIA: OpenCL Ecosystem Update and OpenCL 2.2." Back in April is when they put out the OpenCL 2.2 provisional specification so by now it's quite possible OpenCL 2.2 is ready to be firmed up. SYCL 2.2 would also go in step with OpenCL 2.2.

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