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IN THIS ISSUE:
» Introducing: AMD Developer Inside Track
» Just Released: ATI Stream SDK v2.0 Beta with OpenCLT 1.0 CPU Support
» Introductory Tutorial to OpenCL
» Windows® 7 and AMD - Technical Collaboration
» Just released: GPU PerfStudio 2.0
» Now available: Solaris on AMD OpteronT Blueprint
» HT Assist - what is it?
» JavaLabs Blog: "Final" Words
» Recently Added to developer.amd.com
» Upcoming Sponsored Events
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Introducing: AMD Developer Inside Track

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AMD Developer Inside Track is a new monthly video series that takes you behind the scenes with software engineers from AMD and our partners.  Hear from our experts as they discuss the latest software development technologies and share their own tips to code faster for faster code.  In this first episode, listen in to get the perspectives of Allinea, Rogue Wave, Pervasive Software, and AMD on the best approach to taking advantage of multi-core processing.

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Just Released: ATI Stream SDK v2.0 Beta with OpenCLT 1.0 CPU Support Just Released: ATI Stream SDK v2.0 Beta with OpenCLT 1.0 CPU Support

Announcing the immediate availability of OpenCLT 1.0 CPU support as part of the ATI Stream SDK v2.0 Beta Program. OpenCLT is the first truly open and royalty-free programming standard for general-purpose computations on heterogeneous systems. Learn more about OpenCLT and the history of GPGPU at our OpenCLT information center. Download the beta release today and start porting your applications to OpenCLT.

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Introductory Tutorial to OpenCL Introductory Tutorial to OpenCL

AMD just published its public OpenCL Beta for the CPU, soon to be followed with support for AMD's latest GPUs. OpenCL is a young technology, and, while a specification has been published, there are currently few documents that provide a basic introduction with examples. This tutorial helps make OpenCL easier to understand and implement.

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Windows® 7 and AMD - Technical Collaboration Windows® 7 and AMD - Technical Collaboration

AMD is a close collaborator with Microsoft.  We work together to help ensure the operating system runs smoothly and efficiently on AMD platforms.  Learn about some of the key technology collaborations for Windows® 7 in this blog.

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Just released: GPU PerfStudio 2.0 Just released: GPU PerfStudio 2.0

GPU PerfStudio 2.0 is the next generation GPU Performance Analysis & Debugging Tool from AMD. It offers clear advantages to developers by cutting software development time and improving graphics quality.  GPU PerfStudio 2.0 gives developers control with seamless workflow integration. Spend more time writing code and less time debugging. Identify performance and algorithm issues early in the development cycle, and meet your quality and performance goals.

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Now available: Solaris on AMD OpteronT Blueprint Now available: Solaris on AMD OpteronT Blueprint

New from Sun Microsystems is the latest in their Blueprint series - "The SolarisT Operating
System Optimized for the AMD OpteronT Processor."  This document describes technical details about specific features and capabilities that can be implemented in the Solaris ecosystem to make the best use of today's powerful multicore AMD Opteron processors.

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HT Assist - what is it? HT Assist - what is it?

With the release of the Six-Core AMD Opteron™ processor, code-named "Istanbul," an important new hardware feature called HT Assist has been included that helps increase performance on 4-socket and 8-socket AMD Opteron 8400 Series processor-based systems.

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JavaLabs Blog: Final Words JavaLabs Blog: "Final" Words

Sometimes marking variables as "final" isn't the best approach, especially when it applies the traditional meaning of "final" but you need the variable to be available to other classes.  Here's a little trick to get around it.

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JavaLabs Blog: Performance Profiling Without the Overhead

Here at AMD, we know that in order to improve program performance, you have to be able to measure it. AMD's Lightweight Profiling feature (LWP) is designed to make performance measurement even easier and with negligible overhead. In this blog, AMD Fellow Anton Chernoff gives you an overview of LWP and tells you why he thinks it's an exciting next step in the area of performance tuning.

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Java Generics Performance Puzzler Part 2 Java Generics Performance Puzzler Part 2

In a previous blog, we looked at a microbenchmark where we were pulling an item from a collections class like an ArrayList and eventually putting it in another collection.  And we saw that there could be a significant performance difference between two versions.  What if we had used an explicit iterator or used the implied iterator in Java's  for-each statement?

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Taking Advantage of Multi-Core Taking Advantage of Multi-Core

In this blog, AMD's Tracy Carver outlines his approach to getting started with multi-core application development.  He starts with some questions that help provide a framework for defining situations, and then maps those questions to suggestions for next steps.

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 New documentation: RS780 Integrated Chipset guides & data sheets
 Updated: Revision Guide for AMD AthlonT 64 and AMD OpteronT Processors
 Blog:  ATI Stream SDK and OpenCLT

 
 
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