Khronos Chapter Munich Vulkan Slides ?>

Khronos Chapter Munich Vulkan Slides

I’ve been speaking about my Vulkan launch day contributions and my experiences moving from OpenGL to Vulkan at the Khronos Munich Chapter Grand Opening last friday at the AMD offices. This was a great event, and finally getting to know some of the people in real was an awesome personal experience. So at this point I’d like to thank all the people that helped make this event happen and all these that attended, had a real blast talking and discussing…

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Vulkan Examples update

The last few weeks since the Vulkan launch (one month ago) have been pretty busy. I’ve been adding new examples to to my github repository (almost at 30), fixed some bugs (thanks to everyone that has contributed!) and finally added Android support to all examples (removing the few separate Vulkan Android samples). I also provide pre-built binaries for Windows, Linux and Android (only ARM right now) if you just want to try out the examples at vulkan.gpuinfo.org :  Windows Note : The…

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Vulkan is here! ?>

Vulkan is here!

Khronos finally launched Vulkan 1.0! After 18 months of hard works and a huge industry-wide collaboration, this is a huge success. And this is not only an API-launch, but a hard launch with drivers for Vulkan from NVidia, AMD, Intel, etc. on mulitple platforms. My launch contributions Some time ago I was invited to be a part of the Vulkan Advisory Panel board. So I actually got a head-start and also released some Vulkan related stuff to the public on…

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Vulkan specification complete, release imminent ?>

Vulkan specification complete, release imminent

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Great news! The Khronos Vulkan Working Group just announced that the specification is complete (and has entered the legal review process) and the release is imminent.

Though the initial time frame of 2015 was missed (by a bit), this should mean that Vulkan will be ready for launch in early 2016. This will include SDKs for all supported platforms, production ready drivers from several IHV, resources, tools, demos, examples and much more.

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Vulkan related works ?>

Vulkan related works

  In case you don’t follow me on twitter or aren’t watching my github repositories, I’ve been working on Vulkan related stuff over the last few months. And with Vulkan’s release approaching it’s time for a short summary on what I plan on release upon or shortly after launch of the new graphics and compute API. Vulkan Hardware Capability Viewer As with OpenGL and OpenGL ES I’ll also do a Vulkan Hardware Capability viewer (github). It looks (and works) pretty…

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Introducing gpuinfo.org ?>

Introducing gpuinfo.org

Aside from playing around with a certain new API, I’ve also been working on the web front end OpenGL and OpenGL ES hardware database. Though I redid the visual side of both some time ago they differed too much for my taste and especially the OpenGL ES database was lacking lots compared to the OpenGL one. No live search, bad visuals (especially for the reports), lacking compare features and much more. So I did put lots of work in getting…

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Vulkan from the POV of a hobby 3D developer ?>

Vulkan from the POV of a hobby 3D developer

  As there have been lots of new information on Vulkan, Khronos‘ new graphics and compute API I decided to do a little write up of the new API from a hobby 3D developer’s point of view. Although I’ve been writing games, demos and applications with OpenGL for roughly 15 years now I still consider myself a hobby developer in terms of 3D graphics. My job is not depending on pushing pixels, maxing out draw calls or swizzling shader commands,…

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Status update ?>

Status update

Just as the last blog post is starting to collect dust (time flies by oO) : I’m still doing lots of 3D development during the late hours in my spare time, still with C++ (Visual Studio rocks 🙂 ), but most of that development is done under an NDA so that’s the main reason I haven’t been updating this blog lately. Other than that I’ve also been working on a dungeon crawler prototype using modern C++ (C++11/14) and modern OpenGL…

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Parallax offset mapping with WebGL ?>

Parallax offset mapping with WebGL

Years ago I wrote a demo showcasing different normal mapping techniques with Delphi, but never got around cleaning up the source and releasing it. While working on my WebGL dungeon crawler prototype I dug out the old code, cleaned it up and ported it over to WebGL, so you don’t need a compiler to see it in action and play around with it. Parallax mapping uses an additional heightmap (together with a normal map) to add more depth to flat…

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Geometry instancing with WebGL 2 ?>

Geometry instancing with WebGL 2

WebGL, based on OpenGL ES, brings hardware accelerated OpenGL to your browser, and version 2.0 is around the corner (specs). I’ve been playing around with WebGL (via JavaScript) for some time now (see my GitHub WebGL repo) and recently Google’s chrome (canary) got WebGL 2 support. WebGL 2.0 adds some interesting new features, with geometry instancing being one of them, so I sat down and wrote a small demo that shows how to render the same instance of a single…

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