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AMD Boltzmann Initiative Promotes HPC Freedom of Choice

AMD’s motivation for developing these open-source GPU tools is based on an opportunity to remove the added complexity of proprietary programming frameworks to GPU application development. “If successful, these tools – or similar versions – could help to democratize GPU application development, removing the need for proprietary frameworks, which then makes the HPC accelerator market much more competitive for smaller players. For example, HPC users could potentially use these tools to convert CUDA code into C++ and then run it on an Intel Xeon co-processor.”

Video: AMD ROC – Radeon Open Compute Platform

Gregory Stoner from AMD presented this talk at the HPC User Forum. “With the announcement of the Boltzmann Initiative and the recent releases of ROCK and ROCR, AMD has ushered in a new era of Heterogeneous Computing. The Boltzmann initiative exposes cutting edge compute capabilities and features on targeted AMD/ATI Radeon discrete GPUs through an open source software stack. The Boltzmann stack is comprised of several components based on open standards, but extended so important hardware capabilities are not hidden by the implementation.”