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AMD releases an SDK for its Llano chips

Brings performance improvements
Mon Aug 08 2011, 15:52

CHIP DESIGNER AMD has released its Accelerated Parallel Processing (APP) software development kit (SDK) giving developers access to its accelerated processor units (APU).

In June AMD launched its A-Series Llano APUs that combine the CPU and GPU on a single chip. It is hoping that as firms build more applications to make use of the GPU it can get away from the CPU arms race it has been in with Intel since the 1970s.

To make that happen AMD needs to get developers to use OpenCL, and it hopes that its APP SDK will do just that. Version 2.5 of the SDK has a number of performance improvements that give developers access to greater bandwidth between the CPU and GPU, which with the A-series Llano chips now stands at 15GB/s, as well as improved runtime efficiency.

Manju Hegde, VP of AMD's Fusion Experience Program said, "Improving performance and programmability on AMD platforms is a key initiative for us, and we work closely with developers to help us make the APU the best possible development platform,"

AMD will need to work hard with developers so they can make use of the GPU that comes with an A-series chip. There's no doubt that having a fully programmable OpenCL GPU on die is the future, but as AMD is the first to offer such a chip it needs to put everything it has into helping software developers produce code that uses the considerable power of its integrated GPUs.

AMD's APP SDK is available now for 32-bit and 64-bit Windows and Linux. µ


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