OpenCL, FirePros and Mandelboxes! Oh my!

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On May 20th, the Toronto ACM SIGGRAPH Chapter had the pleasure of hosting our Expert Series presentation: High Performance Computing in Computer Graphics. We would like to thank the Dynamic Graphics Project and SysNet at the Department of Computer Science of the University of Toronto for sponsoring this event. We would also like to thank our amazing lineup of speakers for sharing with us the ins and outs of OpenCL and high performance parallel computing in computer graphics!

Our first presenter, AJ Guillon, a member of the OpenCL working group at Khronos and contributor to the OpenCL 2.1 provisional specification, gave an audience of 30 people the inside look into some of the latest features of the latest up and coming version of the framework. Our second presenter, German Andryeyev, a Principal Member of the Technical Staff for the Software Team at AMD, delved into the OpenCL-related capabilities of the AMD FirePro GPU (Click here for the slides). Last but not least, our final speaker, Associate Professor Ned Nedialkov, from the Department of Computing and Software at McMaster University, showed us the results of employing parallel computing to create 2D fractals or a 3D equivalent: Mandelboxes.  Some of the incredible videos shown are available on YouTube.

After the invaluable presentations and with all questions answered, we left the formality behind and headed over to the Prenup Pub for good cheer and networking in a more relaxed environment.  It was truly a fun time!

With this event we wrap up the 2014-2015 season of events and take a break for the summer to prepare for SIGGRAPH 2015.  We look forward to seeing you in the Fall season when we launch our new schedule!  Enjoy your summer everyone!

Next stop: SIGGRAPH 2015!

Our Entry to the ACM SIGGRAPH Chapter Pride Sweepstakes!

We are excited to share with you our entry into the ACM SIGGRAPH Chapter Pride Sweepstakes!  We hope you enjoy it as much as we enjoyed putting this video together.  You may recognize some faces… including your own!

Don’t forget to come out to our next event on High-Performace Computing and Graphics!  See you next week!

A Virtual Success!

Toronto ACM SIGGRAPH and TorCHI at AMD with Michael Macedonia

The year 2015 continues with our first event in partnership with TorCHI, Toronto ACM SIGCHI Chapter. We were delighted to bring our guest, ACM Distinguished Speaker Dr. Michael Macedonia, to give his presentation on “Next Generation Virtual Worlds” not once, but twice!

Our day began with a short trip to Markham, where our sponsor AMD hosted the Toronto ACM SIGGRAPH Chapter for the first time.  The short road trip gave us an opportunity to chat with Mike and hear a few stories that he would not have time to cover.  Once we arrived, we were overwhelmed… A whopping 200 eager attendees filled the conference room to listen to Michael’s perspectives on the current state of Virtual Reality!  A fantastic showing and exciting beginning to our day!!

Later that evening we arrived at UofT for our evening session, sponsored by KMDI.  Upon welcoming our attendees, we found that some of them had come from as far away as Montreal!!  Delicious snacks were provided by TorCHI which were quickly gobbled up by our hungry audience.  Their appetite for Virtual Reality was then satiated by Mike’s amazing content and personable presentation style.

After the presentation, the group proceeded to a local pub for some relaxed networking and good cheer.

We invite you to share in the excitement of the evening by browsing through our photo collection on our Facebook page. While you are there, Like our page and follow us on Twitter.

We would like to thank TorCHI for their collaboration on this event.  Thank you also to our sponsors AMD and KMDI for their generous sponsorships. This event would not have been possible without the generous contribution of time and travel from our presenter Dr. Michael Macedonia. Finally we’d like to thank the ACM Distinguished Speaker Program for making all of this possible.

Shhh!! Quiet in the (Electronic) Theater!

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What a great start to an amazing event season here at the Toronto ACM SIGGRAPH Chapter!

We had the pleasure to bring the SIGGRAPH 2014 Computer Animation Festival (CAF) Electronic Theater to the Monarch Tavern on Thursday March 5th. It was fantastic to see everyone who came out to join us from all over Ontario. Due to technical difficulties with the audio system, we were able to inadvertently delight those silent-filmophiles amongst us. In particular, Entracte, a short involving a mime, drew loud cheers from the audience.  Make sure you visit our Facebook page for more photos!

We would like to thank Roy Anthony, Chair of the SIGGRAPH 2014 CAF Production Sessions, for making the event possible. Roy will reprise his role as Chair of the CAF Production Sessions at this year’s upcoming SIGGRAPH Conference in Los Angeles, California, USA and hopes to see us all there.  We congratulate Roy on being selected SIGGRAPH 2018 Conference Chair!

Much like we were, the audio system was left speechless by the unbelievably amazing animations and new technological advances that were shown on the screen.  We cannot wait to see what SIGGRAPH 2015‘s upcoming festival will bring!

Thanks again to everyone who came out and we look forward to seeing you again at our next event.

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Holiday Party, Stereo D Open House and Election Results

Lots of toys!

Season’s greetings to the Computer Graphic community of Toronto! Thank you so much to everyone who braved the rain, sleet and snow to donate a toy to Toronto Fire Services Hall 315. Over 20 toys (2 boxes) will be given to needy children, distributed across our local neighbourhood. Thank you to Stereo D for bringing your team out and inviting our Toronto ACM SIGGRAPH Chapter to your December 10th open house. 
 
See photos on our facebook page https://www.facebook.com/TorontoACMSIGGRAPH
 
And congratulations to Stereo D  for your incredibly successful Open House event at The Shangri-La.  Computer graphics professionals of all backgrounds and specialties were present to meet the newest team in town. Stereo D http://www.stereodllc.com/ is currently hiring Depth Artists, Paint Artists, Tracking Artists, as well as for development, pipeline, animation, production, technical and support roles.  Cheers to your 3D reel presentation, a moving collaboration of pieces, featuring Stereo D “art, science, and work.“ Blockbuster movies such as Pacific Rim, Guardians of the Galaxy, Hercules, Godzilla, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and Titanic were showcased.  If you missed it, you can still submit your resume to jobs@stereodllc.com
 
We are pleased to announce the results for the Toronto ACM SIGGRAPH Chapter Board of Directors elections.  Kristine Oel will continue to be our chapter Vice President.  We’d like to congratulate Sukhmani Kaur on becoming our new Treasurer and Ruzette Tanyag our new Web Master. We also welcome Gillian Chesnais as our new Member-at-Large.  
 
To become a member of the Toronto ACM SIGGRAPH Chapter please check out our easy form https://campus.acm.org/public/qj/chapqj/chapqj_control.cfm?chap=103529
 
Finally we would like to wish everybody happy holidays! Keep your eyes and ears open as the Toronto ACM SIGGRAPH team reconvenes right after the New Year celebration to unveil our first event of 2015. Thank you for your continued chapter support!
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