Two Weeks Until Likely Updates To OpenGL, Vulkan
Written by Michael Larabel in Standards on 13 July 2016 at 11:59 AM EDT. 60 Comments
There is less than two weeks to go until SIGGRAPH 2016 kicks off in Anaheim, California.

The Khronos Group is today promoting their firmed up schedule for SIGGRAPH 2016. This consortium behind OpenGL, OpenCL, Vulkan, and other industry standard APIs traditionally releases updates to OpenGL at this annual event.

Khronos hasn't yet officially confirmed they will be pushing out a new OpenGL revision, but it's quite likely we will see OpenGL 4.6 unless it ends up being called OpenGL 2016, OpenGL 5.0, or something else... It will also be interesting to see if they end up releasing a major update to Vulkan or plan on continuing their (weekly) 1.0.x point releases for a while longer.

The only hint so far of their announcements on the SIGGRAPH 2016 schedule is "The very latest on the Khronos family of 3D APIs, including Vulkan, OpenGL, and OpenGL ES... Vulkan and OpenGL/OpenGL ES Updates." That 30 minute briefing on their graphics API updates is the 27th from 2:30 to 3:00 PM. The working group chairs of Vulkan, OpenGL, and OpenGL ES will all be present.

It will certainly be interesting what comes of Khronos at SIGGRAPH 2016. What do you hope to see added to OpenGL and/or Vulkan? Will OpenGL ES and OpenGL finally converge in full? Stay tuned to find out in just two weeks. Other details on this ACM graphics conference at
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