IBM releases OpenCL Development Kit for Linux on Power v0.3 - OpenCL 1.1 conformant release available
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OpenCL™ Development Kit for Linux on Power v0.3 has been released on March 31, 2011 and is available via alphaWorks. This updated offering is a fully conformant implementation of the OpenCL 1.1 specification. Other features of this release include a fully conformant implementation of the double precision extension, 32- and 64-bit atomic extensions, 64-bit application support, debugging improvements, as well as various performance improvements including full IBM POWER7* exploitation. This implementation is for the following IBM Power Systems* servers running the Linux operating system:
OpenCL (Open Computing Language) is the first open, royalty-free standard for cross-platform, parallel programming of modern processors found in personal computers, servers and handheld/embedded devices. The OpenCL specification is an open standard managed by the Khronos Group consortium, which manages other open industry standards such as OpenGL for graphics.
OpenCL supports a wide range of applications, from embedded and consumer software to high performance computing solutions, through a low-level, high performance, portable abstraction. By creating an efficient, close-to-the-metal programming interface, OpenCL can form the foundation layer of a parallel computing ecosystem of platform independent tools, middleware and applications. It may also greatly improve speed and responsiveness for a wide spectrum of applications in numerous market categories from gaming and entertainment to scientific and medical software.
With this release, there are fully conformant OpenCL 1.1 implementations available covering many of IBM's High Performance Computing offerings; IBM Power Systems, IBM System x, and the IBM BladeCenter QS22. These span a diverse set of processor architectures including IBM POWER*, IBM X-Architecture*, Cell Broadband Engine and Graphics Processing Units (GPUs).
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