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Happy Mother's Day!

Why a Chromebook is the best Mother’s Day gift

Mother’s Day is Sunday, and most of you are about to run out and buy flowers and chocolates. However, I believe that there is a gift that your mother will be more grateful for: a Chromebook. Your mom has probably been using the same Windows computer for years, so it is outdated and extremely slow. She has needed a new computer for years, but is stubborn and will not go purchase a new one. That leaves your mother’s computing happiness and comfortability up to you.

The easy, yet thoughtful, Mother’s Day Gift

You first option would be to go over and install Linux on the computer for free, but then you would have the headache of her calling you every time she gets on the computer. Your other option is to purchase a new Windows computer for her, but that could get very pricey, with most good Windows PCs coming in at $400 to $500 (unless you go bargain hunting, which could take even more time and effort than necessary). Instead, give her a mothers day gift that will simplify her life and requires little to no technical support from you.

Chromebooks are an easy switch for Moms

If your mother has already been using the Google Chrome browser, then the switch will be simple and painless. If your mother is not using the Chrome browser, then there has never been a better time to have her switch. Many mothers day gifts are thoughtless and common: flowers, chocolates, gift cards. These are gifts every mom gets. Giving your mom a Chromebook will not only single her out of the crowd as important enough to have thought put into her gift, but also it will give her something to brag about when she gets with her friends on what their children got them. When she explains what you got her, compared to every other mom that got flowers, she will feel like a queen.

Now, after going over the common sense reasons why your mom would want a Chromebook for her day, here are the technical reasons why she would love a Chromebook. Many of you probably found this article looking for ‘mothers day ideas’ or ‘gifts for mom.’ The reason why a Chromebook is the best of all mothers day gift ideas is because they are the perfect combination of a tablet and a PC. Currently, the tablet market is booming, and everyone is buying one. However, past generations do not like the idea of touchscreens and using tablets as their PC, like the current generation does. These people, like your mom, prefer using traditional PCs because they are familiar, and there is no touch screen that will confuse them and perform the wrong function.

Android and iOS can be disorienting to a person who is used to the point and click set-up of Windows. Chromebooks meet in the middle, being fast and simple like a tablet, but in the familiar setup of a laptop. Since Chrome OS is a browser, your mom already knows how to use it. She probably already has used online applications that would work on a Chromebook, especially if she is already using the Chrome browser.

Some of the Chromebook Family
Some of the Chromebook Family

Simple and Speedy

Chrome OS was built around a Linux kernel, meaning that it is a Linux based OS (operating system). This makes the system lightweight and speeding, only needing Intel’s Celeron chip. Majority of the Chromebooks available now run on an Intel processor, the most popular one being a dual-core Celeron processor. Although these processors have created bad names for themselves on Windows machines, they are great for Chromebooks. I use an HP Chromebook 14 as my personal computer, and I find it to be faster than my Intel Core i3 Windows desktop.

In addition, Chromebooks only need 2GB of memory, though many would agree that 4GB leads to a smoother experience. However, I believe that your mother probably would not need more than 2GB of memory, since she will only be using the computer to get on Facebook and look up recipes. However, if you want to future proof the Chromebook, and just get your mom the extra 2GB of memory, manufacturers do offer Chromebooks with 4GB of memory.

Another reason why a Chromebook would be the best gift for your mother is that everything is saved in the cloud. If she takes her Chromebook to the beach, and drops in the water some how, all of her data and settings are saved in the cloud, ready for her when she signs into her replacement Chromebook. With a Windows computer, if they get destroyed, then everything is gone, unless your mother does regular backups (which I doubt). In addition, she can access all of her data on any computer with internet access, since most of her files are saved to Google Drive. All she has to do is log in to her Google Drive through a web browser, and she instantly has access to all of her files.

Acer's $200 Chromebook
Acer’s $200 Chromebook

Since Chrome OS is Linux based, the possibility of your mother getting a virus, malware, or any thing else that destroys computers, is almost nonexistent. In addition, Google has built an anti-virus into the OS, and Google updates it every time they find new bugs or security holes. Lastly, Google designed Chrome OS to only install programs that are downloaded from the Chrome Web Store. These include all of the apps, extensions and themes available for the Chrome browser. This prevents your mom from being able to download something that is actually a virus or anything else that could damage her computer. Although she may not be able to use her favorite print shop program, the Chrome Web Store will more than likely offer an alternative that has everything she needs.

Great Value

The last reason why you should get your mom a Chromebook is their value. Currently, the most expensive Chromebook available for purchase is the HP Chromebook 14 at $299 or $349, depending on which version you get. This is the one I purchased, since it has the largest screen for a Chromebook, and has Intel’s new Haswell Celeron processors. (For more on my thoughts of the HP Chromebook 14, click here). Most other Chromebooks only cost $199 to $299, and that is if you purchase it new. Chromebooks can be purchased used, and still seem like a brand new laptop, as long as they look new cosmetically.

This may seem expensive as a mother’s day gift, but do not think about it as a one time gift, but as a long term investment. Your mother will never have to purchase a new computer again, since Chromebooks are built to last forever and come with free updates. She will never have to purchase antivirus again, nor any other software, since most of the apps on the Chrome Web Store are free. (For a guide on the Chrome Web Store, click here). By purchasing your mom a Chromebook, you save her from ever having to worry about her computer again. This saves both your mom and you time and money.

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ASUS launches Intel powerd Android tablet MeMO Pad 8

ASUS has launched the new MeMO Pad 8 version in Japan, which features the new Intel Atom Processor Z3580 (“Moorefield”). The MeMO Pad 8 is the first Moorefield-based device to be announced. ASUS is one of Intel’s biggest customers, when we talk about use of Atom Processor SoCs (System-On Chips) in Smartphones and tablets.

The ASUS MeMO Pad 8 has abandoned the ARM platform  and has taken up one of Intel’s latest chips.Initially  the side frames enclosing the display have been made thinner, as their thickness has been decreased from 9.9 mm / 0.38 inches to 7.45 mm / 0.29 inches. The weight has also been slightly reduced, shrinking from 350 g / 0.77 lbs to 305 g / 0.6 lbs. The tablet’s battery capacity has been increased to 4350 mAh. The display still uses an IPS panel type, but with full HD (1920 x 1200 pixel) resolution.

The Moorefield CPU series is based on the same architecture as the Intel Merrifield chips, except it arrives with higher clock speeds, better graphics performance and is quad-core. The Intel Atom Processor Z3580 provides an ideal combination of fast, smart performance and long battery life for Android devices. Based on Intel’s 22nm Silvermont microarchitecture, the 64-bit-ready processor features four Intel architecture cores for up to 2.3 GHz of compute performance.

The new Android tablet features a sleek and lightweight 8” design and will be offered in three colors: pearl white, powder pink and metallic blue. The ASUS MeMO Pad 8 is part of an expanding portfolio of Intel-based devices from ASUS.

The new slate will arrive with 2GB of RAM and 16GB of internal storage, (Expandable via microSD), 1.2MP frontal camera, a rear 5MP rear camera, Bluetooth 4.0, Wi-Fi.  The ASUS MeMO Pad 8 runs Android 4.4 KitKat out of the box and has the proprietary interface UI Zen.

Japanese wireless carrier KDDI unveiled the MeMO Pad 8, and plans to start selling the tablet in August, 2014. We don’t have a clue right now when this will be available for rest of the world and for what price.

Source:newsroom.intel.com

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Chromebooks to go offline as Intel moves inside

Intel has finally joined the Chrome OS bandwagon ensuring it won’t become obsolete in the post PC (Windows) era. The two companies hosted a joint press event on May 6 where they announced quite a lot of Chromebooks powered by Intel chips. Intel enjoyed a monopolistic position during the Windows era and the partnership between Intel and Windows was known as Wintel, which unfortunately was bad for the industry as it led to some anti-competitive business practices that heavily damaged (and almost destroyed) AMD.

While Microsoft is trying to figure out how to survive in the post-PC era, Google is quietly taking over the PC market. More and more Microsoft partners are adopting Google’s Linux-powered Chrome OS as the Windows maker is failing to deliver what the market needs. Today almost all Microsoft hardware partners – from HP to Lenovo – are offering Chromebooks.

Bye bye Wintel, here comes Gootel

Intel obviously doesn’t want to be in the same boat with Microsoft; the company has already lost the mobile space to ARM and is working hard to somehow get some share of the market. Intel would certainly won’t want to lose the fast-growing Chrome OS market.

The fact remains Chrome OS market always was Intel’s. Even if Intel never officially committed or invested in Chrome OS, it has been powering these devices from the very first day – since CR 48. Every Chromebook sold was an Intel chip sold, until Samsung came out with ARM-powered Chromebooks. HP followed and launched its own ARM-powered Chromebook. These Chromebooks had obvious advantage over Intel-powered devices as they offered longer battery life and less heat.

I think Intel was waiting and watching whether Chromebooks will succeed or not before investing in the platform. The way Chromebooks remained the #1 best selling devices on Amazon.com for the last two years was enough reason for the industry to take note of it.

Intel made the move to secure its position in the Chrome OS space before more ARM devices started floating around. But does it change anything? Intel made similar ‘partnership’ for Android, but we still don’t see any presence of Intel in the Android space.

Going Offline

Since the two companies also announced that more and more Chrome OS features will go offline including movies and games, these devices will become the #1 threat to Windows PC. That would mean people will start doing a lot of resource-hungry stuff such as image and video editing which would need more powerful and power-efficient processors.

“As users do more with Chrome, they’ll expect more from the hardware that surrounds it,” said Google VP Caesar Sengupta.

There are a lot of GNU/Linux users who are buying these devices to wipe Chrome OS and install their favourite operating system on them. There OSes are not as conservative as Chrome OS.

Intel needs to create powerful, energy-efficient chips

There are two pressing issues with Intel-powered Chromebooks, same issue that’s there with mobile devices – balance between power and battery life. Ironically while Android devices are getting more and more powerful CPU, GPU, longer battery life and crisper screen the trend in Chromebooks is opposite. Most Chromebooks are using low-end processors, don’t have a decent battery life and displays are reminiscent of Windows era.

If Intel really wants to capture the Chromebook space, it should tweak its tick-tick cycle and create chips which are faster and eat less battery so we can have higher resolution displays; Intel is doing exactly that. The company recently announced Braswell chips targeted at Chromebooks which use 14mm process technologies.

Who do you think will dominate the Chrome OS space – Intel or ARM?

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New Intel powered Chromebooks to feature Bay Trail chipset

A plethora of new Intel-powered Chrome OS devices were announces at a press conference hosted Wednesday by tech giant Google and chip manufacturer Intel. The event, which featured Caesar Sengupta from Google, and Navin Shenoy, vice president and general manager of mobile computing at Intel, announced, among other things, Chromebooks powered by Intel’s low-energy Bay Trail chipset, which will enable the lightweight computers running the Linux-based, web-centric operating system from Google to reportedly have 11 hours of battery life. Other devices announced include Intel’s Haswell and Core i3 chips.

The Chrome OS devices powered by the Celeron Bay Trail-M chipset include computers from manufacturers Acer Asus, Hewlett-Packard, Lenovo, LG, and Toshiba. ASUS will be producing an 11-inch C200 Chromebook and 13-inch ASUS C300 Chromebook. The upcoming refresh of the existing Acer Chromebook and Toshiba Chromebook will feature the Bay Trail chip, and Lenovo’s recently announced Chromebooks, including the new 11e YOGA will utilize this chip as well.

Other devices will run the chipmaker’s Core i3 processors, including the Dell Chromebook 11 for a yet-unknown cost, and the Acer C720 Chromebook, coming for $349 late this summer.

The newest addition to the Chrome OS family is the LG Chromebase had new details released as well, it is now known that the all-in-one Chrome OS desktop will be available on May 26 for $349 and will run on the Intel Haswell processor. The upcoming HP Chromebox use this processor, and will be available in June, it was announced.

This event marks a monumental shift in manufacturers attitudes towards Google’s Chrome OS, with more and more PC makers previously devoted to making Windows-powered units now producing Chromebooks, Chromeboxes, and Chromebases. Intel’s cooperation with Google will make these devices more powerful than ever, and surely more alluring to consumers looking for an inexpensive, lightweight laptop or desktop.

Source: Google Chrome Blog, CNET

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LG Chromebase will be available May 26th

The LG Chromebase, the first all-in-one Chrome OS PC, has been announced to be made available to US customers on May 26. With 2 GB of memory, a 16GB SSD (solid state drive), and a dual-core Intel Haswell CPU, LG has followed the usual specifications found on most Chromebooks. For those unfamiliar with Chromebooks, these specifications would probably be seem insufficient. However, what makes Chromebooks and the Chromebase stand out, is that they run Google’s Chrome OS. Chrome OS is based upon Linux, so is very light and does not need many resources. In addition, since it only runs internet applications, it does not need many resources.

The Chromebase, though, stands out from the crowd of Chromebooks, because it is the first all-in-one PC running Chrome OS. With a 21.5 inch screen that has an IPS full HD display, it is a great all-in-one, and it only costs $349.

Side view of LG Chromebase with keyboard and mouse
Side view of LG Chromebase with keyboard and mouse

The device will be available for preorder on May 12, and will begin shipping on May 26. It will be available for preorder on Amazon, Newegg, and Tiger Direct, and includes a wired keyboard and mouse that have been customized for Chrome OS.

Back of the LG Chromebase
Back of the LG Chromebase

The device has 3 USB 2.0 ports on the back, and 1 USB 3.0 and headphone jack on the side. The bottom is lined with a MENU button for the display, the SD card reader, and power button. In addition, the back has an HDMI in port, so the PC can also be used as a second display. The PC also has built in speakers, and the usual 100 GB of Google Drive storage for two years is also included.

Source: OMG Chrome

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Google, Intel to make Chromebook announcement on May 6

Tech giant Google and chip-maker company Intel are set to make an announcement regarding Chrome OS at a press conference on May 6. Intel-made Haswell processors are already in many of Google’s Chromebooks, and recently manufacturer Acer added a Intel Core i3 powered Chromebook to the growing lineup of laptops. It is unclear what will be announced, but after the press invite was sent out on Wednesday, rumors abound.

One theory is that a new Chromebook Pixel will be announced, as the current model utilizes a Intel Core i5, the most powerful of any Chromebook. The Pixel hasn’t been changed since its release last February, and it could be time for Google to refresh its crown jewel, high-end Chromebook. Another collaboration with Intel could bring more power to the Chromebook line and make Chromebooks more appealing for resource-hungry users.

Another possible announcement is a special chipset from the manufacturer to power the long-rumored Chrome OS tablet. Many people were expecting a Chrome OS tablet announcement at the Acer event yesterday, but the biggest news remains the Acer Chromebook powered by the Intel Core i5, and the tablet hopes remain unfulfilled by Google’s manufacturer partners. Intel offers some higher powered chips for Windows tablets, and perhaps this may be the long-awaited coming of the Chrome OS tablet.

No one yet know what the event, which will feature Caesar Sengupta from Google, and Navin Shenoy, vice president and general manager of mobile computing at Intel, has in store for the future of Chrome OS and the Chromebook hardware.

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Core Infrastructure Initiative, a collective response to the Heartbleed

In an effort to stop the next Heartbleed, a group of tech giants have joined forces to fund critical open source projects known as Core Infrastructure Initiative. The Heartbleed bug was a serious vulnerability in the popular OpenSSL cryptographic software library. This weakness allowed stealing of the information protected, under normal conditions, by the SSL/TLS encryption used to secure the Internet. SSL/TLS provides communication security and privacy over the Internet for applications such as Web, e-mail, instant messaging (IM) and some virtual private networks (VPNs).

The Core Infrastructure Initiative is a multi-million dollar project organized by The Linux Foundation to fund open source projects that are in the critical path for core computing and Internet functions. The Core Infrastructure Initiative’s first task will be OpenSSL, which fell prey to Heartbleed and caused panic across the Web.

The Core Infrastructure group will work with an advisory board of esteemed open source developers to identify and fund open source projects in need. Support from the initiative can include funding for fellowships for key developers to work full time on the open source project, security audits, computing and test infrastructure, travel, face-to-face meeting coordination and other support.

Essentially, organization members – which include Amazon Web Services, Cisco, Dell, Facebook, Fujitsu, Google, IBM, Intel, Microsoft, NetApp, Rackspace, VMware and The Linux Foundation – will invest in open-source projects to make sure they get off the ground and are as secure as possible.

“We are expanding the work we already do for the Linux kernel to other projects that may need support, our global economy is built on top of many open source projects. Just as The Linux Foundation has funded Linus Torvalds to be able to focus 100% on Linux development, we will now be able to support additional developers and maintainers to work full-time supporting other essential open source projects. We are thankful for these industry leaders’ commitment to ensuring the continued growth and reliability of critical open source projects such as OpenSSL,” said Jim Zemlin, executive director of The Linux Foundation.

Heartbleed was one of the worst Internet flaws ever uncovered. The maintenance of the software, which secures around two-thirds of the world’s websites, was done by a group of volunteers with very little funding. The new group set up by the Linux Foundation has a dozen contributors and has so far raised around $3m.

Here are the official statements by Founding Members of The Core Infrastructure,

Amazon Web Services : “Open source software is important to organizations like AWS that deliver secure Internet experiences and services for customers,” said Steve Schmidt, Chief Information Security Officer, Amazon Web Services, Inc. “We are pleased to be part of the Core Infrastructure Initiative and to work with the Linux Foundation to foster continued innovation and security in key open source projects that can benefit us all.”

Cisco : “By creating the Core Infrastructure Initiative, the Linux Foundation has once again stepped up to the challenge of supporting open source projects at the heart of today’s Internet,” said Colin Kincaid, VP Product Management and Architecture, Cisco. “Supporting dedicated open source collaborators and contributors is vital to the success and growth of innovation.”

Dell : “Protecting and supporting the work of open source developers and the projects that provide the underpinning of the world’s technology infrastructure is of the highest priority,” said Don Ferguson, Software CTO and Sr. Fellow, Dell. “The Core Infrastructure Initiative gives the industry a way to do this effectively. We are proud to be involved in this very important work.”

Facebook : “Open source software makes today’s computing infrastructure possible. Facebook is excited to support these projects and the developers who maintain them. This initiative will help ensure that these core components of internet infrastructure get the assistance they need to respond to new threats and to reach new levels of scale,” said Doug Beaver, Engineering Director of Traffic & Edge, Facebook.

Fujitsu : “In the nearly two decades that Fujitsu has actively supported Linux, we have gained an understanding that open source software is an essential element of today’s computing infrastructure,” said Takashi Fujiwara, Head of Platform Software Business Unit, Fujitsu Limited. “We are keen to participate in the Core Infrastructure Initiative as it will enable us to more easily support critical open source projects and key developers of the world’s most important code.”

Google : “Google has been a longtime supporter of the Linux Foundation and open source in general, so we’re proud to join the Core Infrastructure Initiative. We believe that an open-source approach to online security will ensure that code is constantly improving, making the web a safer place for us all,” said Chris DiBona, Director of Engineering for Open Source at Google.

IBM“The Linux Foundation is well positioned to manage this initiative to improve security for the open source community,” said Hira Advani, IBM Software Group Chief Security Compliance Officer. “IBM has a long history of supporting open source standards and thousands of IBM researchers, programmers and engineers around the world are contributing to this community. We look forward to working with the foundation and other founding members of the Core Infrastructure Initiative to better enable the open source community to meet the evolving needs of businesses and governmental organizations.”

Intel : “Intel is committed to support the development of open source technology and Linux,” said Imad Sousou, Intel vice president and general manager of the Intel Open Source Technology Center. “As an active and long term contributor to open source community, Intel believes the Core Infrastructure Initiative can help provide long term, sustainable support to Linux, the world’s most important open source standard.”

Microsoft : “Security is an industry-wide concern requiring industry-wide collaboration. The Core Infrastructure Initiative aligns with our participation in open source and the advancement of secure development across all platforms, devices and services.” – Steve Lipner, partner director of software security, Microsoft.

NetApp : “We are pleased to support the important and timely Core Infrastructure Initiative, along with our industry partners,” said Dan Neault, Senior Vice President, Datacenter Solutions, and NetApp. “Computer security is of paramount importance to our industry, and our participation reflects NetApp’s commitment to the open source community and the software that we each rely on every day in our business and personal lives.”

Rackspace : “We believe the Core Infrastructure Initiative will improve the security of the Internet,” said John Engates, CTO, and Rackspace. “Open source code powers everything we do online. We look forward to working with the Linux Foundation, our other company partners, and the open source community to make sure these projects get the support they need.”

VMware  “The Core Infrastructure Initiative is critical. The new model of computing involves a set of choices for customers – on premise, off premise, hybrid – and we must ensure the safety and security across all of those environments,” commented Ray O’Farrell, senior vice president, Cloud Infrastructure R&D, VMware. “We welcome the opportunity to support and contribute to the success of open source and are eager to participate in the Core Infrastructure Initiative.”

Source: eweek.com

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Android is the only hope for Intel while Microsoft’s market declines

Intel is trying desperately to grow its share of the tablet market, but with Windows they think it is not possible. So it’s time to say goodbye Windows. Intel hopes to see its processors used in 40 million tablets this year, and 80 percent to 90 percent of those will be running Google’s Android OS. Most Intel-powered tablets running Android today use the older Medfield  and Clover Trail+  chips. More Android tablets running the latest Atom processor, called Bay Trail, will ship later this quarter.

BayTrail-T processors, such as the Atom Z3740 and the Atom Z3770, are priced at $32 and $37 respectively with a 10 percent subsidy for bulk purchases. With this pricing, however, Intel isn’t being very competitive when compared to ARM-based chips of the same calibre. With the affordable chips, Intel hopes to be in a better position to compete against companies like Qualcomm with its Snapdragon chips and Nvidia with its Tegra chips.

Intel is chasing ARM the U.K. company whose processor designs are used in most tablets today, including those running both Android and Apple’s iOS.

According to report Intel shipped 5 million tablet chips this year, but revenue from its Mobile and Communications Group fell 61 percent year over year. That’s partly because of the subsidies and the need to focus for now on the low-end Android market, but Intel hopes things will look up with its later, more capable chips.

Intel is providing discounts and development funds to tablet makers to reduce the cost of using its chips. It’s looking for growth with the white-box Chinese tablet makers, which are expected to ship up to 130 million tablets this year.

According to PCworld, Krzanich said he expects Windows to “grow and gain traction,” and more Intel-based tablets running both Android and Windows will be shown in June at the massive Computex trade show in Taipei.

Microsoft hasn’t made much difference for Google’s and Apple’s share of the market, but IDC estimated last month that Windows would have 10.2 percent of the tablet market by 2017. Dell, Toshiba, Lenovo and Hewlett-Packard have launched Windows 8 tablets with Bay Trail, and Microsoft’s own Surface Pro 2 uses an Intel Core processor, but the tablets haven’t sold well.

Source: pcworld.com

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Intel’s Linux Driver Installer Updated to 1.0.4

Intel’s GUI utility for graphics and video driver’s installation reached version 1.0.4 last month. The utility was updated a fortnight back.

This tool allows easy installation of drivers for Intel graphics hardware. The newer version is available for Ubuntu 13.10 and Fedora 20 users only. Ubuntu 13.04 /Fedora 19 users can install this utility but they won’t receive upgrades to newer Graphics Stack. This utility doesn’t support versions below Ubuntu 13.04 and Fedora 19. Support for 13.04 will be dropped next month with the release of 14.04.

Intel’s utility seems to support only two versions of Operating systems. Only one version if you want to have the latest stack. This is a turnoff for people who use LTS versions of Ubuntu. You can forcibly install the stack but it is not recommended by Intel. Low latency kernel is not supported by this stack. You need to have generic kernel only.

This utility is available for download here.

SOURCE: omgubuntu

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NVIDIA, AMD, Intel Explains OpenGL’s 15x Performance Gains

The gaming hardware industry’s giants, nVidia, AMD and Intel, in a rare event, shared the same stage at this year’s Game Developers Conference to explain some high level concepts about OpenGL to developers through which they can easily get a boost of nearly 15 times the normal performance.

According to AMD’s Graham Sellers, Intel’s Tim Foley, and nVidia’s Cass Everitt and John McDonald, who appeared on stage and shared the same panel during the discussions, these high level OpenGL implementations can actually reduce the driver overheard by as high as up to 10 times the normal way. In addition, they also mentioned during their presentation that with proper implementations of these high level OpenGL techniques the driver overhead could be reduced to almost zero. What’s more is since OpenGL is multi-platform; it can easily reduce the workload for the developers to support multiple platforms at the same time.

Not only is that, being vendor independent means OpenGL available for any hardware platform without the need of custom software or APIs. They even goes further saying that using OpenGL in itself can result in a performance improvement of 1.3 times by default, but by tuning the API and the implementations a bit further, that performance boost can be pushed to as far as 10 to 15 times the original performance. This is largely due to the fact that OpenGL reduces the driver overhead associated on the desktop system, where the driver overhead results in lower frame rates. This issue just gets worse when it is taken to the mobile platform, where the battery life too takes a hit in addition to the frame rates.

The panel even had demos showing off these improvements to the audience. For those more technologically inclined, they can check out the YouTube video showing the Cass Everitt and John McDonald giving a talk at Steam Dev Days.

Source: nVidia Blog