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Join us to help drive the evolution of Machine Learning acceleration standards. ML developers lament the growing fragmentation in the ML ecosystem. Khronos knows that open and royalty-free standards can play an essential role in reducing fragmentation, reducing costs, and providing the industry participants the opportunity to grow. Based on feedback from previous summit and discussions, Khronos is creating a coalition of interested parties to meet the needs of the ML community for hardware acceleration.

AUTOSAR and The Khronos Group have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) and entered into a collaboration liaison to foster synergy between the two organizations to encourage standardization in the field of Automotive and Future Intelligent Mobility. This joint technical collaboration between AUTOSAR and Khronos is intended to coordinate common requirements and developments with a focus on accelerated graphics and computing in safety critical markets.

Today, The Khronos Group has announced a call for participation in a new exploratory forum to examine the need for an API that leverages the widely adopted SYCL standard for safety-critical industries such as automotive, avionics, medical, and industrial markets. The new SYCL SC Exploratory Forum is open to all at no cost, including non-Khronos members, and has been created to gather requirements for a high-level abstraction API for safety-critical heterogeneous computing.

Participation is free and open to all safety-critical markets. All participants will be able to discuss use cases and requirements for a unified parallel programming interface for C++ to accelerate market growth. This API would be designed to reduce development and certification costs in safety-critical markets where using the SYCL higher-level programming model could improve programming productivity. If the Exploratory Forum reaches a significant consensus then Khronos will work to initiate a formal Working Group to develop SYCL SC specifications.

Michael Wong, Chair of the SYCL Working Group, and Intel’s James Reinders offer their perspectives on these key questions about SYCL:

  • Elephant 1: Aren’t GPUs enough? Do other accelerators really matter?
  • Elephant 2: Why not just use Nvidia CUDA?
  • Elephant 3: Why not just use AMD HIP?
  • Elephant 4: Why not just use OpenCL?
  • Elephant 5: Can’t we just use C++ ?
  • Elephant 6: Can SYCL queues can make it into ISO C++?
  • Elephant 7: Who is behind SYCL? Is it really Open in the true sense of the word?
  • Elephant 8: I see a herd of elephants – why should I believe in SYCL?

Intel recently released the oneAPI 2022 toolkits with new capabilities including the world’s first unified compiler implementing C++, SYCL and Fortran, data parallel Python for CPUs and GPUs, advanced accelerator performance modeling and tuning, and performance acceleration for AI and ray tracing visualization workloads.

The Khronos Group will be hosting a SYCL Webinar on December 7, 2021. The webinar will be technical in nature and is aimed at both existing SYCL users and HPC developers looking to hear about the very latest updates on the SYCL standard and it’s supporting ecosystem. The agenda is packed full with leading experts in the field. It is free to attend, and there will be a Q&A session at the end to answer any questions you may have.

oneAPI’s open, unified, cross-architecture programming model lets users run a single software abstraction on heterogeneous hardware platforms that contain CPUs, GPUs, and other accelerators across multiple vendors. Central to oneAPI is the Data Parallel C++ (DPC++) project that brings Khronos SYCL to LLVM to support data parallelism and heterogeneous programming within a single source code application. SYCL is a royalty-free, cross-platform abstraction layer built entirely on top of ISO C++, which eliminates concerns about applications being locked in to proprietary systems and software.

The Khronos Group and VeriSilicon are holding a joint Technical Tutorial and Workshop in Shanghai on April 22 & 23rd. The first day will be a virtual event and will include an overview of the Khronos Group and then deep dive into Vulkan and Vulkan Ray Tracing. On day 2, which will be onsite in Shanghai, the workshop will focus on OpenXR and parallel processing, vision acceleration and inferencing. Be sure to check out the event’s page for more information and register.

Join us online at the 9th International Workshop on OpenCL, including SYCLcon 2021, for four days of talks April 26-29,2021. There will be workshops and community networking aimed at furthering the collaboration and knowledge sharing amongst the international community of high-performance computing specialist working with OpenCL, SYCL, SPIR and Vulkan Compute. The event provides a rich mix of hands-on tutorials, technical presentations, research papers, posters, panel discussions, networking and vendor discussions. It also provides a formal channel for community feedback to the Khronos Group, the industry body responsible for the standards.

The collaboration between The National Energy Research Scientific Computing Center (NERSC) at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, the Argonne Leadership Computing Facility (ALCF) at Argonne National Laboratory and Codeplay Software seeks to enhance the LLVM SYCL GPU compiler capabilities for NVIDIA A100 GPUs. The collaboration will help NERSC and ALCF users produce portable, high-performance applications.