Tools enable developers to create high-performance GPU compute applications
Imagination Technologies announces it has implemented a set of image and video handling extensions to the EGL Native Platform Interface which will enable developers to create high-performance GPU compute applications on the new low-cost Hardkernel ODROID-XU development system.
Imagination has been one of the early pioneers of mobile GPU compute, being the first mobile IP vendor to achieve OpenCL conformance. To encourage wider adoption of GPU compute in mobile, Imagination has delivered to its silicon partners a number of OpenCL extensions related to advanced camera interoperability. These extensions can be used with the Samsung Exynos 5410 SoC (System on Chip), the application processor found in both the Samsung Galaxy S4 smartphone and the Hardkernel ODROID-XU development board.
The new OpenCL applications programming interface (API) extensions enable developers to implement Instagram-like functionality on real-time camera data, including computational photography and video processing, while offloading the main CPU by providing resource sharing and interoperability between the camera pipeline, OpenGL ES graphics and OpenCL compute APIs.
To accelerate development time for developers who wish to use these extensions, together with the many other features of OpenCL, Imagination will be releasing the PowerVR GPU compute SDK and programming guidelines for PowerVR Series5XT GPUs. Furthermore, developers can look forward to the upcoming release of the popular PowerVR Graphics SDK v3.2 featuring OpenCL support in PVRTrace for PowerVR Series6 GPUs, through which GPU compute and graphics workloads can be tracked concurrently.