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A Unified Graphics Future—How The Khronos Group Intends To Get Us There (Part 2)

Neil Trevett, President of The Khronos Group, talks to Architosh in this two-part series about OpenGL and the future of graphics standards.

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SIGGRAPH 2017—The Year of the Game Engine & Low-Level Graphics API

Associate Editor Akiko Ashley was at SIGGRAPH 2017 this year and covered the top-level events, sessions, and presentations. This first report focuses on the “theme” elements apparent at this year’s computer graphics conference and exhibition.

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SIG: SIGGRAPH 2017 Shaping Up to be Big Show—Preview Talk

Why are VR and AR companies taking root in the LA area? What is the state of the union in portability with graphics APIs so that the most apps can be written to the most platforms? These are some of the core questions Architosh is asking as it heads into the exciting week ahead with SIGGRAPH 2017.

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Apple’s WebGPU Standard Proposal—Aiming at Common Access to Explicit Graphics

Apple’s Webkit team is proposing a new industry group to discuss the future of 3D graphics on the web—one that can develop a standard API that leverages modern GPU features.

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Unity Technologies Releases Unity 5.5 for Gaming and AR/VR Industries

New Unity 5.5 release adds support for AR in Microsoft’s popular Hololens platform, as well as new GPU optimizations for Android and iOS app.

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Nvidia Job Posting for Mac Software Engineer Points To GPU Return and OpenCL Push for Apple

Nvidia looks to be playing a key role in future Macs—new Nvidia Mac OS X centric job posts indicate Apple may be moving away from AMD in favor of what Nvidia is doing with AI with GPU compute.

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SIG: Apple Graphics News—MoltenVK brings Vulkan to Apple iOS and macOS

New MoltenVK can help developers take advantage of Apple’s Metal graphics framework while utilizing the open-industry standard Vulkan API. This means Apple’s developers on iOS or especially macOS are no longer left out of the benefits of utilizing the next-generation, high-performance graphics API.

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SIG: Apple looks to be going the path of ‘Metal’ for graphics—seems out on Vulkan standard

Khronos Group makes further positive momentum with Vulkan API, but Apple is missing from the roster of industry supporters. This is an early signal that Apple may be pushing for Metal for Mac’s graphic future as aging OpenGL lingers as available cross-platform API.

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Metal for OS X Good, But Developers Need Flexibility and Options

Architosh speaks with Neil Trevett, President of Khronos Group, on matters of Vulkan in the tailwind of the Metal for OS X announcement made earlier this month.

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Apple’s Number One CAD Vendor Optimistic about Metal for OS X

Longtime Mac CAD stalwart developer, Nemetschek Vectorworks, has told Architosh they are optimistic about Apple’s new low-level graphics API—Metal.

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Mac 3D News: Apple bringing Metal API to Mac OS X—Confirmed

Apple said that its new proprietary Metal graphics API will move from iOS to Mac OS X. This move comes as expected and matches Microsoft’s efforts to allow programmers to program “to the metal” with less abstraction and driver overhead, freeing the GPU to unwind its true hardware powers. The net result is super-charged graphics performance. This move bodes well for OS X but will force developers to choose between an array of new and closed graphics standards.

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