Apple wants to bring the full potential of graphics cards to the web

Apple wants to bring the full potential of graphics cards to the web


The body that regulates web standards is the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C), which are the ones that allow the same page to look the same in different browsers. Something that did not happen ten years ago because Microsoft used its standards, but over time realized that it was counterproductive. Now Apple has proposed creating a working group at the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) to make it accessible from browsers to the potential of current graphics cards.

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With this proposal what the company wants is to create a series of libraries or APIs that expose browsers to the low-level management of graphics cards. In other words, you can use modern graphic libraries such as Metal, DirectX 12 or Vulkan in browsers, both for graphics generation and for computer tasks.

It would open the door to a better graphics performance than current library based on OpenGL and WebGL allow viable as a platform for a larger number of sets of the advanced browser. This API could be called WebGPU, and further, accelerate the creation of graphics to be able to store states of objects created instead of having to set the state before each printing operation on the screen. The interaction would be through the element canvas of HTML5.

This proposal, open to the entire community, follow the steps of WebKit -used in Safari and a version of it Chrome- and other public initiatives of the company.

Official website:  World Wide Web Consortium (W3C)

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