31 Jan '12, 2am

AMD's CTO talks heterogeneous systems architecture: via @ee_times

AMD's CTO talks heterogeneous systems architecture: via @ee_times

SANTA CLARA, Calif.--Making parallel computing easy to program for and enabling software engineers to let their imaginations run wild is AMD's new holy grail according to Joe Macri, corporate vice president and CTO of the firm's Client Division. Speaking at DesignCon in Santa Clara Monday (Jan. 30), Macri said AMD engineers were working towards making the processing capability of the company's accelerated processing units (APUs) as accessible to programmers as the CPU is today using heterogeneous systems architecture (HSA). HSA, said Macri, would combine scalar processing on CPU with parallel processing on the GPU, while offering high bandwidth access to memory at lower power. At the same time, Macri explained that the hardware needed to be easier to program, easier to optimize and easier to load balance--a wishlist that could prove challenging. Though it seems like a pote...

Full article: http://www.eetimes.com/electronics-news/4235499/AMD-s-Mac...

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