An open source two-day lecture course for teaching and learning OpenCL has now been downloaded over 3000 times. This KITE initiative carried out by Simon McIntosh-Smith and Tom Deakin from the University of Bristol in the UK is expecting a small update in the new year, when some more advanced material on code optimisation will be added. Simon said "I would have expected hundreds, and anything over 1,000 would have been awesome. But 3,000!!! I am stunned."
Altera Corporation released its Quartus II software v14.1 featuring expanded support for Arria 10 FPGAs and SoCs, the FPGA industry's only devices with hardened floating point DSP blocks and the industry's only 20 nm SoC FPGAs that integrate ARM processors. Altera's latest software release provides immediate support for the hardened floating point DSP blocks integrated in Arria 10 FPGAs and SoCs. Users can choose between three unique DSP design entry flows and achieve up to an industry-leading 1.5 TFLOPS of DSP performance. These design flows include OpenCL for software programmers, DSP Builder for model-based designers and hardware description language (HDL) flows for traditional FPGA designers.
Offering OpenCL 2.0 support, and engineered to unlock new capabilities in AMD APUs and AMD Radeon GPUs based on GCN architecture, AMD Catalyst Omega special edition driver delivers enhanced capabilities, additional performance, and greater reliability. AMD has also made available a beta version of their APP SDK 3.0 which contains a complete set of sample code illustrating how to utilize each of the major new features of OpenCL 2.0.
Altera Corporation announced Electronics Weekly magazine selected the Altera SDK for OpenCL as its design tool of the year at the annual Elektra European Electronics Industry Awards gala in London. These accolades represent the latest in a series of awards and recognitions the Altera SDK for OpenCL has received since its release in 2012. Today, Altera offers the industry's only OpenCL-conformant solution that allows software programmers to easily implement OpenCL applications on FPGA accelerators.
The Khronos Group will be at SIGGRAPH Asia this coming weekend. Neil Trevett, Khronos Group President and VP of Mobile Content at NVIDIA will be speaking. There will be a panel session "Next Frontiers For Interactive Applications" on Saturday followed by a tech-talk "What's Next In Graphics APIs?" on Saturday December 6th which will cover the rapidly changing landscape of acceleration APIs for mobile devices and the Next Generation OpenGL Initiative first revealed at SIGGRAPH 2014.
There were a few significant news announcements made at SC14 this week around OpenCL. Here are a few of the more significant ones:
- Xilinx Announces SDAccel Dev Environment for C, C++ & OpenCL
- CL2QCD – Lattice QCD based on OpenCL
- AMD got first on the Green500. 2 TFLOPS DGEMM. FirePro S9150, ofcourse powered by OpenCL
- OpenCL at Seoul National University: SnuCL cluster manager.
- SNUCL - An OpenCL Framework for Heterogeneous Clusters
OpenCL was featured in the 2014 HPCwire 5 Editors' choice awards for new products or technologies to watch. The awards were announced at this year’s Supercomputing 2014 held in New Orleans.
Xilinx, Inc. announced the SDAccel development environment for OpenCL, C, and C++, enabling up to 25X better performance/watt for data center application acceleration leveraging FPGAs. SDAccel, the newest member of the SDx family, combines the industry's first architecturally optimizing compiler supporting any combination of OpenCL, C, and C++ kernels, along with libraries, development boards, and the first complete CPU/GPU-like development and run-time experience for FPGAs.
The Khronos Group today announced the ratification and public release of updated OpenCL 2.0 and Provisional SYCL 1.2 specifications. The new specifications integrate feedback from the developer community, align with the latest C++ developments, and increase implementation consistency for improved portability of heterogeneous parallel applications. The latest OpenCL and SYCL specifications are open, royalty-free and available today.
AMD FirePro S9150 GPUs are delivering more than 3 petaFLOPS of AMD FirePro S9150 server GPU performance for the GSI Helmholtzzentrum für Schwerionenforschung GmbH in support of physics research related to heavy ion studies. Each of the 160 ASUS ESC4000 G2S nodes of the new L-CSC cluster include four AMD FirePro S9150 server GPUs, for a total GPU peak of 3.25 petaFLOPS single precision and 1.62 petaFLOPS double precision performance. The cluster is enabling Lattice Quantum Chromo Dynamics (Lattice QCD) computational research using one of the fastest OpenCL implementations for research applications in the world.