AMD Announces Heterogeneous C++ AMP Language for Developers

First Open Source C++ Implementation to See Broad Availability Across
Linux, Windows and Other Platforms 
SUNNYVALE, CA -- (Marketwired) -- 08/26/14 --  AMD (NYSE: AMD) in
collaboration with Microsoft(R) (NASDAQ: MSFT) today announced the
release of C++ AMP version 1.2 -- an open source C++ compiler which
implements version 1.2 of the open specification for C++ AMP,
available on both Linux and Windows for the first time. The release
represents another step forward toward AMD's goal of supporting
cross-platform solutions, multiple programming languages and
continued contributions to the open source community. The tool, which
leverages Clang and LLVM, accelerates productivity and ease of use
for developers wishing to harness the full power of modern
heterogeneous platforms spanning server
s, PCs and handheld devices.  
"AMD has a consistent track record of enriching the developer
experience, and we're proud to make the first open source
implementation of C++ AMP available to enable greater performance and
more power-efficient applications," said Manju Hegde, corporate vice
president, Heterogeneous Applications and Solutions, AMD. "The
cross-platform release is another step in strengthening AMD's
developer solutions, allowing for increased productivity and
accelerated applications through shared physical memory across the
CPU and GPU on both Linux and Windows." 
"AMD continues to deliver excellent developer tools for heterogeneous
programming. Partnering with AMD to deliver C++ AMP to the Linux and
Open Source communities was a natural step for Microsoft as we work
to improve the performance and developer experience on modern
computing platforms," said S. Somasegar, corporate vice president of
the Developer Division at Microsoft.  
C++ AMP version 1.2 enables C++ developers to accelerate applications
across a broad set of hardware and software configurations by
supporting three outputs:  



--  Khronos Group OpenCL(1), supporting AMD CPU/APU/GPU, Intel CPU/APU,
    NVIDIA GPU, Apple Mac OS X and other OpenCL compliant platforms;
--  Khronos Group SPIR, supporting AMD CPU/APU/GPU, Intel CPU/APU and
    future SPIR compliant platforms; and
--  HSA Foundation HSAIL, supporting AMD A
PU and future HSA compliant
    platforms.

Akey performance feature of version 1.2 of the open source C++ AMP
specification is support for shared physical memory, which greatly
simplifies sharing of data between the CPU and GPU on heterogeneous
platforms. Heterogeneous platforms built on the new spec allow
programmers to benefit from minimized overhead of expensive data
copies and pointer updates when accelerating applications. 
Supporting Resources 



--  Access latest C++ AMP compiler source code here
--  View the Open C++ AMP specification version 1.2 here
--  For more information about Clang and LLVM, visit their website. Become
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About AMD 
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powers millions of intelligent devices, including personal computers,
tablets, game consoles and cloud servers that define the new era of
surround computing. AMD solutions enable people everywhere to realize
the full potential of their favorite devices and applications to push
the boundaries of what is possible. For more information, visit
www.amd.com. 
(1) OpenCL and the OpenCL logo are trademarks of Apple, Inc. and used
by permission of Khronos. 
Contact:
Kristen Lisa
AMD Public Relations
(512) 602-6020
kristen.lisa@amd.com 
 
 
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