Standards organisation the Khronos Group has ratified an update to the OpenCL parallel processing standard.
The OpenCL 1.1 update will expand the functionality of the platform and improve interoperability with the OpenGL graphics format.
The release expands on the initial 1.0 version of OpenCL in 2008. The format aims to function as a royalty-free platform which allows developers to better exploit parallel processing capabilities in CPU and GPU chips.
Among the companies backing the project are hardware vendors AMD, Intel and Nvidia, enterprise vendors such as IBM and game developers Blizzard and Electronic Arts.
The companies hope that the standard can help hardware and software developers further parallel processing and general processing over GPU methods.
"The clear commercial opportunity to unleash the power of heterogeneous parallel processing that drove multiple OpenCL 1.0 implementations has also fuelled the ongoing industry co-operation to create OpenCL 1.1," said Khronos Group president and OpenCL working group chairman Neil Trevett.
"The OpenCL 1.1 specification is being released 18 months after OpenCL 1.0 to enable programmers to take even more effective advantage of parallel computing resources while protecting their existing investment in OpenCL code."
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