LuaJIT to Khronos

I’ve been sitting on some code for quite some time.   Hording it as it were, for my own devices.  As my current desktop machine seems to be failing more frequently, I thought it would be a good time to do some spring cleaning and put up some more code.

The current round has to do with things related to the Khronos Group of APIs.  The Khronos Group is one of those industry bodies setup for collaboration across multiple companies.  Probably the most famous of the APIs they’ve dealt with to date is the OpenGL API.  The followon to that was the OpenGL ES API.  Then along came one of their own the OpenVG, which deals with Vector graphics.  Rounding out the set, you have OpenCL for distributed computing, and OpenMAX for Audio/Video stuff.

Since the group was originally founded by companies interested in GPUs, those are the APIs that are the most mature.  Well, recently, playing with the Raspberry Pi, I found that OpenGL ES/EGL and OpenVG, OpenMAX are the only way to get at hardware acceleration on the device.  There are already a couple of examples of OpenVG running on the Pi.  One Example of using OpenVG on the Pi was done by Anthony Starks.  If for no other reason, you’ve got to check out the code because of the author’s name…

Anthony Starks has several examples of how to use OpenVG, and how to bind and use the Go language to do some really nice stuff.  Well, no reason for those Go programmers to have all the fun, so I decided to make a really convenient binding to LuaJIT for OpenVG.  But, why stop there.  Why not all the APIs?  Well, I already had the OpenCL, and OpenGL laying about, so I’ve put them all together into a single repository, the LJIT2Khronos project.

One of the first things that I realized way back, was that these things can only be useful if they can be demonstrated.  Well, one of the first things you need to do to use any of these APIs is establish a connection to the windowing system.  In this case, I had to include some bindings to Windows APIs as well.  There is a Win32 directory, which contains some basic bindings for User32, GDI, Kernel32, Windows types and the like.  More than enough to get a basic window up on the screen, and certainly enough to get a window handle and device context that is required for the various APIs.

What do you get for your troubles?

Let’s say you want to create a window, which has a ‘frame rate’ of 3 frames per second, and a routine you specify will be called, and rendering will occur…

local NativeWindow = require "User32Window"
ocal EGL = require "egl_utils"

local OpenVG = require "OpenVG"
local OpenVGUtils = require "OpenVG_Utils"
local ogm = require "OglMan"
local RenderClass = require"Drawing"

-- Setup the "display" object
local dpy =, EGL.EGL_OPENVG_API);

local screenWidth = 640;
local screenHeight = 480;

-- Create the renderer class which
-- will handle drawing tasks
local Renderer =, screenWidth, screenHeight);

local tick = function(ticker, tickCount)
	print("Tick: ", tickCount);


	Renderer:Background(0, 0, 0);	  -- Black background



-- Create a window
local winParams = {
	ClassName = "EGLWindow",
	Title = "EGL Window",
	Origin = {10,10},
	Extent = {screenWidth, screenHeight},
	FrameRate = 3,

	OnTickDelegate = tick;

-- create an EGL window surface
local win =
assert(win, "Window not created");

local surf = dpy:CreateWindowSurface(win:GetHandle())

-- Make the context current


local ratio = screenWidth/screenHeight;
glFrustum(-ratio, ratio, -1, 1, 1, 10);

-- Now, finally do some drawing

-- free up the display

I’ll be the first to admit, this is still quite a lot to type to do some very basic rendering, but this is way less typing that you’d have to type on your own. I’ll write up a separate article that goes into more depth of how to use this OpenVG stuff, for now, suffice to say, it will work on whatever environment has the OpenVG and EGL libraries available (at least Windows, Raspberry Pi, Linux in general).

But of course, there’s more. This repository also include the OpenGL bindings, and the OpenCL stuff as well. Those bindings are fairly mature, at least I’ve written a couple of apps using them.

So, there you have it. Some fairly complete bindings to these various Khronos Group APIs. Getting them off my machine, and into the interwebs gives me some relief. As well, I expect to make full use of them across the multiple environments in which they are available.


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