The Khronos Group is pleased to announce the new Vulkan Guide on GitHub. Providing a high-level overview and a wealth of useful links, it’s the perfect place to get started with the API. The Vulkan Guide is designed to help developers get up and going with the world of Vulkan. It is aimed to be a light read that leads to many other useful links depending on what a developer is looking for. All information is intended to help better fill the gaps about the many nuances of Vulkan. The Vulkan Guide is a joint effort by the Khronos Membership.


Ogre:  Vulkan Progress Report

Ogre developer Matias Goldberg announced that, yes, they are working on support for Vulkan. Currently very little running with Vulkan, however, Matias’ blog post does a good job of outlining some of the learning experiences he’s had to go through, and he gives a shout out to the new Vulkan Samples repository.


Khronos BOF, OpenCL, SPIR-V & SYCL at SC19

?The Khronos Group will hold a Birds of a Feather (BOF) at this years SuperComputing ‘19 (SC9). Several of Khronos’ standards will also be included in presentations at SC19, including OpenCL, SPIR-V and SYCL. For a complete and up-to-date list of Khronos BOF and related sessions, visit the SC19 event page.


SYCL Strongly Supported by Codeplay Software at SuperComputing 2019

Codeplay will be joining experts in Denver to provide a keynote talk and be part of panel sessions discussing the strengths of SYCL for HPC. While traditionally high performance computing has seen use of interfaces such as FORTRAN, in the past few years there has been a rapidly growing interest in using C++ for HPC applications. In fact, this year at SC19 there are many sessions talking about C++, and more specifically SYCL, with a range of sessions presenting research projects using SYCL, providing a forum for discussion and explaining how to develop using SYCL. Andrew Richards (CEO), Michael Wong (VP R&D and SYCL WG Chair) and John Lawson (AI Software Expert) from Codeplay will be at SuperComputing 2019 (SC19) in Denver, Colorado and are ready for a packed agenda that includes more SYCL talks than ever before. Learn more about what Codeplay will be doing at SC19 and see what other Khronos related sessions will be at SC19.


AMD latest release of Radeon Software Adrenalin Edition driver – 19.11.1 – was released on 4th November 2019. It comes packed with several useful Vulkan? extensions: VK_KHR_timeline_semaphore, VK_KHR_shader_clock, VK_KHR_pipeline_executable_properties, VK_KHR_shader_subgroup_extended_types, VK_EXT_subgroup_size_control, enabled Clustered Subgroup Operations and VK_KHR_spirv_1_4. Learn more about this update.


LunarG releases new RelaxedPrecision white paper for SPIR-V developers. This functionality is available along with the Vulkan SDK release. Read the details in the Automatic Relaxed Precision Decoration and Conversion in Spirv-opt white paper.

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