OpenGL stands for Open Graphics Library. It is a cross-language, cross-platform application programming interface (API) for rendering 2D and 3D vector graphics. The application developers typically use the API to interact with a graphics processing unit (GPU), to achieve hardware-accelerated rendering.
At Geek Square, we provide computer repair service to customers who are software developers. If you are a developer, OpenGL can offer you many services. Our computer technicians often do get asked what the benefits of OpenGL are.
Here we are going to discuss some of them in OpenGL.
7 Advantages In OpenGL
1. OpenGL is an industry-standard guided by an independent consortium, the OpenGL Architecture Review Board oversees the OpenGL specification. It makes OpenGL the only truly open, vendor-neutral, and multi-platform graphics standard.
2. OpenGL has been stable for more than seven years across a wide variety of platforms. Additions to the specification are well controlled, and proposed updates get announced in time for developers to adopt changes. Backward compatibility requirements ensure that existing applications do not become obsolete.
3. OpenGL applications offer reliability and provide consistent visual display results on any OpenGL API-compliant hardware, regardless of operating system or windowing system. Supported platforms and operating system include:
- All Unix workstations
- Mac OS
- Python (especially for data science and machine learning development)
- Windows 95/98/NT/2000
4. Supported windowing systems include:
- Presentation Manager
- X/Window System
5. The developers can access OpenGL applications and services from a variety of languages, including:
6. OpenGL offers complete independence from network protocols and typologies.
7. OpenGL offers scalability with applications that can execute on systems running the gamut from consumer electronics to PCs, workstations, and supercomputers. Consequently, applications can scale to any class of machine that the developer chooses to target.