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Implementing FPGA Design with the OpenCL Standard

Altera has released a white paper on implementing FPGA design with OpenCL. Utilizing the Khronos Group’s OpenCL standard on an FPGA may offer significantly higher performance and at much lower power than is available today from hardware architectures such as CPUs, graphics processing units (GPUs), and digital signal processing (DSP) units. In addition, an FPGA-based heterogeneous system (CPU + FPGA) using the OpenCL standard has a significant time-to-market advantage compared to traditional FPGA development using lower level hardware description languages (HDLs) such as Verilog or VHDL.
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AMD Announces Fusion12 Developer Summit

AMD announced that the AMD Fusion Developer Summit 2012 (Fusion12) will be held on June 11-14, 2012 in Bellevue, Washington. The company's annual developer summit will return to the Meydenbauer Center and the Hyatt Regency in Bellevue. The summit offers an engaging opportunity to learn more about next-generation software development and Accelerated Processing Unit (APU) technology, central processing unit (CPU) and graphics processing unit (GPU) processor technologies, and programming methods using industry-standard application programming interfaces (APIs) such as OpenCL, OpenGL, Microsoft DirectCompute and C++ AMP.
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Astrophysical Supercomputing with GPUs: Critical Decisions for Early Adopters

A paper recently published by the Astronomical Society of Australia on how GPGPUs are dramatically changing the landscape of high performance computing in astronomy.This paper identifies and investigates several key decision areas, with a goal of simplifying the early adoption of GPGPU in astronomy. The merits of OpenCL are considered as an open standard in order to reduce risks associated with coding in a native, vendor-specific programming environment, and present a GPU programming philosophy based on using brute force solutions.
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AMD APP 2.6 OpenCL SDK now available: Includes OpenCL 1.2 and Static C++ Kernel preview

AMD APP SDK v2.6 is officially released. Notable features are enhanced performance, multi-GPU support on Linux, inclusion of the Khronos C++ wrapper, use of OpenCL kernels in data-driven applications and a preview of OpenCL 1.2 and the static C++ kernel language.
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MaximumPC publishes OpenCL and WebCL article

MaximumPC has published a brief history and review of OpenCL and WebCL in their January 2012 print magazine. A brief excerpt from the article "Support for OpenCL has been quite strong. AMD is so enamored of OpenCL that it dropped its ATI Stream SDK in favor of a new Accelerated Parallel Processing SDK, which exclusively supports OpenCL. OpenCL has also come to the web. A variant of OpenCL, called WebCL, is in the prototype stage for web browsers, which allows JavaScript to call OpenCL code. This means you may one day run GPU compute code inside your browser."
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55 video cards benchmarked with Luxrender OpenCL

HT4U staff have benchmarked 55 GPUs using three tests with three applications compatible with OpenCL. Especially interesting are the results with the 3D rendering application LuxRender. The article is written in Portuguese, but the results are easy to understand for all.
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AMD Radeon HD 7970 - worlds first 28nm GPU - OpenCL and OpenGL 4.2

AMD is using the Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Companies new 28nm manufacturing process to build the new high-end Radeon HD 7970 GPU. The HD 7970 sports 4.3 billion transistors in a 365mm2 die. The 7970 supports OpenCL and OpenGL 4.2. It is assembled from 32 GCN compute units, which translates to 2,048 stream processors, each based on AMD’s new SIMD-plus-scalar architecture. As well, the 7970 includes 768KB of L2 cache and eight render back-ends, features a 384-bit interface to 3GB GDDR5 memory and a PCIe 3.0 interface. The GPU is capable of peak throughput of 264GB/s.
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Wanted: Supercomputer Programmers

"Despite the last few years of dismal news on the employment front, software engineers with backgrounds in high performance computing are in high demand. This is mainly due to the fact that HPC systems require engineers trained in the intricacies of parallel programming -- OpenCL, MPI, OpenMP, CUDA, and such. While these software frameworks are well known in the HPC realm, most computer science programs do not offer classes in them at the undergrad level. And there are only a handful of specialized HPC curriculums in the country, most of which are associated with DOE or NSF supercomputing centers." The Khronos Group is hoping that their Khronos Institute of Training and Education (KITE) initiative will help to ease the void in this field.
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Call for Papers: Parallel and Distributed Computing Challenges in Bioinformatics

Hindawi Publishing Corporation has issued a call for papers on Parallel and Distributed Computing Challenges in Bioinformatics for the Advances in Bioinformatics peer-reviewed, open access journal. Hindawi Publishing Corporation is a commercial publisher of peer-reviewed journals covering a wide range of academic disciplines. Complete guidelines are available here.
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AMD to rebrand Fusion to Heterogeneous Systems Architecture

AMD supports languages including C++ AMP and OpenCL for GPGPU offload and as such, the company clearly feels it's time to bring the technology to a new audience under a more professional brand identity. Fusion System Architecture (FSA) will now be known as Heterogeneous Systems Architecture (HSA). The HSA platform will continue to be rooted in industry standards and will include some of the best innovations that the technology community has to offer.
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