Seattle: Four major technology giants, including AMD, have formed a consortium to promote an open approach to heterogeneous computing to unlock the performance and power efficiency in Graphic Processing Units.
The Advanced Micro Devices (AMD) in conjunction with ARM, Imagination, MediaTek, and Texas Instruments (TI), the biggest names in computing industry, announced the the formation of the Heterogeneous System Architecture (HSA) Foundation at the Fusion Developer Summit here.
The HSA Foundation is a non-profit consortium created to define and promote an open approach to heterogeneous computing.
The primary goal is to make it easier for software developers to write and programme for the parallel power of Graphics Processing Unit (GPUs).
This encompasses both integrated and discrete of which the HSA Foundation wants to enable users to take full advantage of all the processing resources available to them.
Together HSA Foundation will unleash innovation; working together to drive a single architecture to overcome the programming limitations of today's central processing units (CPUs) and graphics processing units (GPUs).
The HSA Foundation?s founding members ? AMD, ARM, Imagination Technologies, MediaTek Inc and Texas Instruments (TI) ? are giving developers an open standards body that is powered by accessible and powerful heterogeneous processing architectures to leverage as a resource when developing next generation computing solutions.
The result will unlock the performance and power efficiency in today's GPUs with efficient parallel processing to usher in a new age of innovation.
The founding member companies has experience with Heterogeneous processors and will play a key role in making changes to the open standard.
The HSA Foundation is driving industry standards and is making computing easier, more energy efficient and cost effective.
The Heterogeneous System Architecture (HSA) Foundation will provide an open hardware interface specification under which program execution can be easily offloaded to other processing resources available in servers, PCs and mobile devices.
The new specification will lead to applications that are portable across architectures, while also enabling workloads to be broken up between CPUs and graphics processors for faster and more power efficient computing.
The HSA Foundation will help usher in the next era of software innovation, from enabling unprecedented user experiences to improving cloud-based data management, streaming, and security.
As an independent consortium, the HSA Foundation is open to any and all computing industry professionals with an interest in driving the next era in computing performance and energy efficiency.
Members of the HSA Foundation plan to deliver robust development solutions for heterogeneous compute to drive innovative content and applications with developer tools, software developer kits (SDKs), libraries, documentation, training, support and more.
"One year ago, AMD boldly announced a roadmap for making HSA a reality, starting with combining the CPU and GPU as a unified processing engine to create an architecture that would greatly simplify the programming of heterogeneous platforms," said Manju Hegde, corporate vice president of Heterogeneous Applications and Developer Solutions for AMD.
"Today, we are continuing our heterogeneous computing leadership and dedication to driving broad industry adoption by making the HSA architecture an open standard."
"We are all demanding more from the technology that connects us to our digital worlds. Graphical interfaces are critical to the user experience but can have a power impact. With open standards, developers can now provide outstanding graphics without compromising power-efficiency," said Jem Davies, ARM Fellow and vice president of Technology, Media Processor Division, ARM.
First Published: Wednesday, June 13, 2012, 13:27