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OpenMP 4.0 Spec Adds Support for DSPs, Real-time systems, and Accelerators

Today the OpenMP Consortium released the OpenMP API 4.0, a major upgrade of the OpenMP API standard language specifications. Besides several major enhancements, this release OpenMP extends its reach beyond pure HPC to include DSPs, real time systems, and accelerators. The OpenMP API aims to provide high-level parallel language support for a wide range of applications, from automotive and aeronautics to biotech, automation, robotics and financial analysis.

OpenMP 4.0 API is a major advance that adds two new forms of parallelism in the form of device constructs and SIMD constructs,” said Bronis R. de Supinski, Chair of the OpenMP Language Committee. “It also includes several significant extensions for the loop-based and task-based forms of parallelism already supported in the OpenMP 3.1 API.”

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