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Watch This: OpenCL interview with Michael Houston, AMD GPG System Architect
Just Released: Advanced Platform Management Link (APML) Tools
Just Released: x86 Open64 Compiler Suite v4.2.2.2
Optimizing x86 Applications with Open64: Using the Open64 Compiler Suite 4.2.2
Just Released: GPU ShaderAnalyzer Version 1.52
Just Released: Stream KernelAnalyzer v1.3
Evaluation of the Advanced Synchronization Facility (ASF)
Framewave Multipass Build System
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Watch This: OpenCL interview with Michael Houston, AMD GPG System Architect

Watch This: OpenCL interview with Michael Houston, AMD GPG System Architect
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This month's installment of the AMD Developer Inside Track video series gives you an introduction to OpenCL. If you are working on applications such as gaming, virus scanning, or physics modeling, you'll want to watch this interview to find out more about OpenCL. Michael Houston, AMD GPG System Architect, talks about what OpenCL is, what the transition to this new language will be like, what applications it could help enhance, and the future impact it will have on software.

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Just Released: Advanced Platform Management Link (APML) Tools Just Released: Advanced Platform Management Link (APML) Tools

APML (Advanced Platform Management Link) is an out-of-band power management and RAS (Reliability, Availability and Serviceability) AMD processor feature. In order to help developers take full advantage of this feature, AMD provides a Firmware Design Kit (FDK) and a BIOS tool that together enable you to get the most out of your processor's performance and gain a competitive edge.

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Just Released: x86 Open64 Compiler Suite v4.2.2.2 Just Released: x86 Open64 Compiler Suite v4.2.2.2

The x86 Open64 compiler system is a high performance, production quality code generation tool designed for high performance parallel computing workloads.  This patch release includes improved OpenMP runtime library performance and better support for building from source.

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Optimizing x86 Applications with Open64: Using the Open64 Compiler Suite 4.2.2 Optimizing x86 Applications with Open64: Using the Open64 Compiler Suite 4.2.2

By including optimizations that can automatically target the microarchitecture capabilities of a given system, the Open64 Compiler Suite helps empower developers to create blazing fast software with minimal effort. This article discusses the history and background of the Open64 Suite, looks at what a user can expect to get with this Suite of tools, and then dives into some examples of how the Suite might be used in practice to optimally compile code for execution on AMD platforms.

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Just released: GPU PerfStudio 2.0 Just Released: GPU ShaderAnalyzer Version 1.52

GPU ShaderAnalyzer (GSA) is a tool for analyzing the performance of pixel and vertex shaders on ATI Radeon graphics cards. Version 1.52 includes support for CatalystT driver 9.5-9.8,
ATI RadeonT HD 4890 and 4770 graphics cards, an improved interface for selecting which ASICs to generate statistics for, and more.

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Just Released: Stream KernelAnalyzer v1.3 Just Released: Stream KernelAnalyzer v1.3

Stream KernelAnalyzer (SKA) is a tool for analyzing the performance of stream kernels on
ATI Radeon graphics cards and AMD FireStream stream processors.  Version 1.3 includes support for CatalystT driver 9.5-9.8, ATI RadeonT HD 4890 and 4770 graphics cards, an improved interface for selecting which ASICs to generate statistics for, and more.

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Evaluation of the Advanced Synchronization Facility (ASF) Evaluation of the Advanced Synchronization Facility (ASF)

In a previous blog entry on the Advanced Synchronization Facility (ASF), we introduced the current ASF specification proposal and showed some nifty use-cases for the feature. In this blog entry, Stephan Diestelhorst shows how to get some more hands-on experience with ASF.

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Framewave Multipass Build System Framewave Multipass Build System

The big advantage of using libraries to accomplish certain functionalities is that libraries are already tested and optimized for various platforms.  For the libraries optimized for particular platforms, there needs to be a dispatch mechanism to select the best optimized path depending on the processor. AMD's Ramesh J finds that the build system from the Framewave library provides a good solution to accomplish this.

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