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 OpenCL on the Fast Track

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Date posted: 02/11/2008

As far as technology maturity goes, GPGPU (general-purpose computing on graphics processing units) is just a baby. But there's already an effort underway to produce an industry standard for this new programming model: OpenCL.

OpenCL's ultimate purpose is to define a standard low-level API for a whole range of parallel architectures, including GPUs, multicore CPUs, the Cell processor, Larrabee, and DSPs. In fact, OpenCL stands for Open Computing Language, which is about as broad as it gets.

The standard will impose some requirements on the hardware, such as the presence of floating-point support and dynamic control flow. But the fact that the OpenCL working group includes the biggest players in chip making -- Intel, AMD, NVIDIA, IBM, Motorola, Texas Instruments, and others -- suggests that the standard will enjoy broad industry support.

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