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AMD unveils ‘Boltzmann Initiative’

Suite of tools designed to ease development of high-performance, energy efficient heterogeneous computing systems

AMD unveils ‘Boltzmann Initiative’
Papermaster says AMD's newest offering provides the keys to more readily access parallel computing engines.

Building on its strategic investments in heterogeneous system architecture (HSA), AMD announced a suite of tools designed to ease development of high-performance, energy efficient heterogeneous computing systems.

The "Boltzmann Initiative" leverages HSA's ability to harness both central processing units (CPU) and AMD FirePro graphics processing units (GPU) for maximum compute efficiency through software.

According to the company the first results of the initiative include the heterogeneous compute compiler (HCC);a headless Linux driver and HSA runtime infrastructure for cluster-class, high performance computing (HPC) and the heterogeneous-compute interface for portability (HIP) tool for porting CUDA-based applications to a common C++ programming model. The tools are designed to drive application performance across markets ranging from machine learning to molecular dynamics, and from oil and gas to visual effects and computer-generated imaging.

"Just as our customers are excited about our hardware innovation, including the introduction of the first GPU with high bandwidth memory this year and our new x86 core architecture coming next year, our innovations in software development are equally as important to them," said Mark Papermaster, senior vice president and chief technology officer, AMD.

Papermaster added: "The challenge has always been to unlock the hardware's capabilities and make them easily accessible to developers working to solve difficult problems. AMD's newest offering provides the keys to more readily access our parallel computing engines - both multicore CPUs and GPUs - and to make these benefits available to the mainstream of developers across a broad spectrum of computing platforms, from embedded to supercomputing."

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