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IN THIS ISSUE:
» Introducing the OpenCL™ Programming Webinar Series
» AMD Developer Inside Track video: “Evergreen” Architecture
» Java Garbage Collection Characteristics and Tuning Guidelines for Apache Hadoop TeraSort Workload
» Just Released: New Versions of AMD CodeAnalyst Performance Analyzer
» JavaOne 2010 Technical Session: Accelerating Java Workloads via GPUs
» Just released: GPU PerfStudio 2.3
» Just released: GPU ShaderAnalyzer v1.55
» Recently Added to developer.amd.com
» Upcoming Sponsored Events
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Introducing the OpenCL™ Programming Webinar Series

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This webinar series is designed to help advance your OpenCL programming knowledge. Experts from AMD will cover both beginning and advanced topics starting with the basics of parallel and heterogeneous computing and an introduction to OpenCL, then progressing to more advanced topics such as performance optimization techniques and real world case studies.

Join us October 27th/28th for an Introduction to OpenCL
Learn about the benefits of OpenCL, the anatomy and architecture of OpenCL and the tools and drivers available.

OpenCL and the OpenCL logo are trademarks of Apple Inc. used by permission by Khronos.

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AMD Developer Inside Track video:  “Evergreen” Architecture AMD Developer Inside Track video: “Evergreen” Architecture

Watch an in-depth description of GPU architecture with specifics about our “Evergreen” graphics processors. A deep understanding of GPU architecture is key to fully unlocking the power of heterogeneous computing and optimizing those graphics intensive applications to their greatest potential.

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Java Garbage Collection Characteristics and Tuning Guidelines for Apache Hadoop TeraSort Workload Java Garbage Collection Characteristics and Tuning Guidelines for Apache Hadoop TeraSort Workload

This article takes a detailed look at the garbage collection (GC) characteristics of TeraSort workload running on top of an Apache Hadoop framework deployed on a seven-node cluster. We discuss our recommendations for Java Virtual Machine (JVM) flags that can help tune GC behavior on a similar TeraSort setup and show how GC tuning helped us achieve as much as a 7% gain in TeraSort’s performance on our experimental cluster. We also discuss GC characteristics and associated tuning guidelines for both Map and Reduce task JVMs.

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Just Released:  New Versions of AMD CodeAnalyst Performance Analyzer Just Released: New Versions of AMD CodeAnalyst Performance Analyzer

AMD CodeAnalyst Performance Analyzer for Windows® Version 3.0 offers new features, improvements to user workflow and interaction, as well as a major revision to its underlying infrastructure. Now you can define environment variables through the Session Settings dialog box, change hot key combinations through the CodeAnalyst Options dialog box, and more. Version 2.11 for Linux® is also now available and offers a number of bug fixes.

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JavaOne 2010 Technical Session:  Accelerating Java Workloads via GPUs JavaOne 2010 Technical Session: Accelerating Java Workloads via GPUs

Multicore CPUs are no longer new, and optimized Java Virtual Machines already enable you to easily take advantage of them. The next wave of opportunities will come from tapping graphics processing unit (GPU) computing resources. This session explores tools, techniques, and APIs that help exploit GPUs to yield huge performance boosts for compute-intensive workloads, covering what to expect in performance from a GPU; how Java can be used to offload computations; how to identify Java workloads suitable for offloading; and tools, techniques, and APIs available today.

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Just released: GPU PerfStudio 2.3 Just released: GPU PerfStudio 2.3

GPU PerfStudio 2.3 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. New features include support for DirectX 11 deferred contexts, CPU thread timing information for graphics API calls, GPU Timing graph integrated with draw call slider, and more.

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Just released: GPU ShaderAnalyzer v1.55 Just released: GPU ShaderAnalyzer v1.55

GPU ShaderAnalyzer is a tool for analyzing the performance of pixel, vertex, geometry, hull, domain and compute shaders for ATI Radeon™ graphics cards. It gives you accurate performance estimates for your shaders and even allows you to view disassembly of the generated hardware shader, all without having to run the application on actual hardware. New in v1.55 is support for Catalyst™ driver 10.4-10.9, support for June 2010 DX run-time, and more.

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