AMD Makes Heterogeneous Computing Pitch to Developers

By Jeffrey Burt  |  Posted 2013-11-15

SAN JOSE, Calif.—Advanced Micro Devices used its third annual Developer Summit here to push its heterogeneous computing vision and highlight the accomplishments of the Heterogeneous Systems Architecture (HSA) Foundation, which it helped found. The company announced the imminent shipping of its much anticipated—and delayed—"Kaveri" accelerated processing unit (APU) and rolled out a range of development tools to get programmers ready for the launch next year of the "Berlin" server APU. Both will be built on the HSA specification, which includes the ability to view the GPU and the CPU as a single processor, and to easily move the workloads to whichever one is most needed. The company also had help from a range of partners to push the heterogeneous computing message, including Hewlett-Packard, ARM, Oracle and Imagination Technologies. AMD officials say the heterogeneous computing strategy will lead to systems that can meet the rising demand—fueled by such trends as cloud computing, mobility, big data and video—for more powerful and more energy-efficient systems, and the development of software that can leverage the systems' capabilities. The focus has been on desktop and notebook PCs, but AMD officials see heterogeneous computing running the computing gamut, from mobile devices to servers.


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