AMD has released an interesting white paper on OpenCL and the Future of Accelerated Application Performance, as seen through the eyes of their FirePro product lineup. Whether you are a beginner OpenCL developer or an advanced developer, AMD has done a good job of making this a worthwhile read.
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.
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.
MulticoreWare has announced the beta availability of key OpenCL tools and libraries for download from its website. The company has worked with AMD to provide support for OpenCL in multicore design incorporating graphics procesors (GPUs) and CPUs. The latest set of tools provide capabilities such as global memory, global task management and path analysis to ensure developers can achieve maximum benefit from their OpenCL investment.
Presentation slides from the Khronos Asian Tour have been posted on the Khronos Group website. Slides include those from the Khronos Games Conference DevU and the OpenCL 1.2 press conference. Khronos Members will have access to additional slides from the Korean and Japanese member meetings.
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The OpenCL module in CPAN has been updated. "This is an early release which might be useful, but hasn't seen much testing" wrote author Mark Lehmann in the included read me file. The module is based on OpenCL 1.1.
V3 has a clean and concise roundup from this years SC11. In a nut shell, SC11 brought questions and answers to the looming exascale supercomputing promise. Intel presented Knight's Corner chips clocking in at 1TB in benchmarks; NVIDIA brought OpenACC which is backed by partners such as Cray and Oak Ridge National Laboratory; AMD and Cray pick up where IBM dropped out with an announced a deal to provide a petaflop-scale scientific analysis cluster for the University of Illinois; and the Khronos Group announced another milestone for OpenCL, bringing the version up to 1.2. Lots of details and links at V3.