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HSA group to simplify programming models

Posted: 14 Jun 2012 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:HSA? heterogeneous system architecture?

The formation of the Heterogeneous System Architecture Foundation was announced at the recently held AMD Fusing Developer Summit.

The non-profit consortium was established to define and promote an open, standards-based approach to heterogeneous computing that will provide a common hardware specification and support to make it easier for software developers to take multiprocessing advantage of modern complex processors.

The founding members of the group include: Advanced Micro Devices Inc., ARM Ltd, Imagination Technologies Ltd, MediaTek Inc. and Texas Instruments Inc.

The development fits in with the announcement made at the same event one year ago that AMD's Fusion chip architecture would be agnostic to the types CPU and GPU cores used for its implementation.

The five founding companieswhich have expertise in x86 and ARM CPUs and PowerVR and Mali GPU cores amongst othershave pledged to work together to drive a single architecture specification that will simplify the programming model to help software developers take greater advantage of the capabilities found in the multiple CPU and GPU cores integrated in chips and unlock the performance and power efficiency of the parallel computing engines found in heterogeneous processors.

Phil Rogers

AMD Fellow Phil Rogers announces the HSA Foundation at the company's developer event in Bellevue, Washington.

The heterogeneous processor market, also known as the hybrid processor market, is reckoned to be worth $55.5 billion and has particular relevance in such areas as cloud-based data management, streaming, and security.

"HSA Foundation is a non-profit, open standards body for HSA platforms that will own the develpment of the architecture going forward," AMD Corporate Fellow Phil Rogers told an audience at the AMD Fusion Developers Summit in Bellevue, Wash.

Rogers, who is also now president of the HSA Foundation, said AMD made significant progress on HSA since last year, when it announced it would open up what was at the time known as Fusion System Architecture and try to build an industry-wide ecosystem around it. "Today, I am really pleased to report that HSA has become a reality," Rogers said. "It's now the shared industry's vision for the future of computing."

The HSA is open to any and all computing industry professionals including semiconductor companies, platform and OS vendors, device manufacturers, independent software vendors, academia and open source developers. The foundation expects to deliver developer tools, software developer kits (SDKs), libraries, documentation, training and support.

"We deliberatley structured it so it can be open fo everyone and everyone can find thier appropriate level of cause and effect," Rogers said.

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