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» YOU can’t afford to miss a keynote.
» Just Released: AMD APP SDK 2.4 With Enhanced APU Support
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» Just Released: x86 Open64 Compiler Suite v4.2.5
» Just Released: AMD CodeAnalyst Performance Analyzer 3.2 for Windows with OpenCL Support
» Just Released: PipelineKit
» Just Released: Tapper
» AMD Embedded G-Series Platform Gets Real-Time Operating System Support from Express Logic
» Silverlight is Dead? Hardly. Long Live Silverlight!
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YOU can’t afford to miss a keynote.

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The AMD Fusion Developer Summit gathers thought leaders and top developers from June 13-16, 2011 in Bellevue, Washington to share the latest research and breakthroughs in heterogeneous computing. You won’t want to miss these exciting keynotes:
  • Jem Davies, ARM Fellow and Vice President of Technology, Media Processing Division, will deliver a keynote about ARM’s long history of heterogeneous computing, its future strategy, and ARM’s support of standards, including OpenCL.
  • Herb Sutter, Microsoft Principal Architect, Native Languages, discusses “Heterogeneous Parallelism at Microsoft,” showcasing upcoming innovations that bring access to increasingly heterogeneous compute resources directly into the world’s most popular native languages.
  • Phil Rogers, AMD Corporate Fellow will present “The Programmer’s Guide to the APU Galaxy” for a look at how AMD is working to ease the programmer’s access to this new level of compute horsepower and dramatically expand the processing resources available to modern applications.
  • Eric Demers, AMD Corporate Vice President and CTO, Graphics Division will talk about the “Evolution of AMD’s Graphics Care, and Preview of Graphics Core Next” that will propel forward the capabilities of the GPU core.
Visit the AFDS web site for full details on these keynotes, plus a look at the 90+ sessions and tutorials, and use the Personal Scheduler to plan your ideal AFDS experience. Space is limited, so register today!

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Just Released:  AMD APP SDK 2.4 With Enhanced APU Support Just Released: AMD APP SDK 2.4 With Enhanced APU Support

The AMD APP SDK 2.4 for OpenCL development is now available, providing significant enhancements in performance: reduced kernel launch time, increased transfer speed and reduced latency for PCI transfer, and zero copy transfer for APUs, and introduces support for AMD A-Series APUs. CPU support is extended with the addition of support both for Images and for Double Precision floating point (cl_khr_fp64 extension).

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Also released:
- APP Math Library 1.2
- AMD APP Profiler 2.2
- AMD APP KernelAnalyzer 1.8

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Just Released:  x86 Open64 Compiler Suite v4.2.5 Just Released: x86 Open64 Compiler Suite v4.2.5

The latest release of the x86 Open64 Compiler Suite adds support for the new AMD Opteron™ Family 15h processor (“Bulldozer” core) instructions, enabled using the flag –march=bdver1:  AVX, XOP, FMA4, SSE4.1, SSE4.2, SSSE3, PCLMUL, and AES.  Also included are improved vectorization for outer loops and loops containing conditionals, and support for RHEL 6.0.

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Just Released:  AMD CodeAnalyst Performance Analyzer 3.2 for Windows with OpenCL Support Just Released: AMD CodeAnalyst Performance Analyzer 3.2 for Windows with OpenCL Support

Version 3.2 of CodeAnalyst for Windows includes revamped profile session settings, a new overview display for an easier starting point, and OpenCL performance information for profiles performed from modules using the AMD Accelerated Parallel Processing (APP) SDK. OpenCL API call and event information for both CPU and GPU kernels can be displayed in a summarized aggregrate or in a detailed timeline, enabling you to target performance improvements for heterogeneous computing tasks.

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Also released:
- AMD CodeAnalyst Performance Analyzer 2.13 for Linux
 
 
Just Released:  PipelineKit Just Released: PipelineKit

The PipelineKit is an open source project originated at AMD to develop a visual and high level programming environment for OpenCL and DirectCompute applications running on GPUs, APUs, and multi-core CPUs. A textual pipeline description language describes buffers, kernels, uniforms, invariants, and control graphs with stages that together comprise a computational pipeline. A pipeline generator compiles that description into C++ and OpenCL or DirectCompute code that executes the specified control graphs while preserving the specified invariants at runtime.

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Just Released:  Tapper Just Released: Tapper

Tapper is an open source infrastructure originated at AMD for all aspects of testing including operating systems and virtualization. Its goal is to help QA departments to maintain a complete test life cycle from planning to execution and reporting. It provides independent modules to adapt to different levels of QA requirements, from simple tracking and presenting test results to complete automation of machine pools multiplexing complex virtualization use-cases with detailed data evaluation.

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Just RAMD Embedded G-Series Platform Gets Real-Time Operating System Support from Express Logic AMD Embedded G-Series Platform Gets Real-Time Operating System Support from Express Logic

Software provider Express Logic has brought its industry-leading ThreadX real-time operating system (RTOS) to the AMD Embedded G-Series APU platform. This family of APUs was created expressly for the requirements of embedded systems, many of which require the precise, deterministic timing of an RTOS. ThreadX offers many features and tools designed to make its RTOS easy to implement, and combined with the AMD Embedded G-Series APUs is an attractive platform for embedded developers.

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Silverlight is Dead?  Hardly.  Long Live Silverlight! Silverlight is Dead? Hardly. Long Live Silverlight!

AMD’s Robin Maffeo blogs about the Silverlight 5 Beta release, pointing out features that can really help developers to deliver great experiences in a wide range of applications, especially when they take advantage of hardware features.

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Dr. Dobbs: AMD Offers Alternative To CUDA For Parallelism
As the debate continues to heat up around the programming standards and best practices used for heterogeneous computing, AMD is taking steps to foster some kind of leadership position through its partnership position with a non-proprietary alternative in the form of OpenCL.

Custom PC:  AMD Talks GPU Gaming Physics
Manju Hegde, AMD's VP for Fusion Experience, talks to Custom PC about hardware-accelerated gaming physics.

Xbitlabs:  AMD Talks Fusion:  Vision, Solutions, Software
Neal Robison, a Senior Director in AMD's Fusion Experience team, discusses current AMD Fusion platforms, the advantages Fusion brings to end users, and the future of the program.
 
 
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