AMD 將 ATI Stream 改名為 AMD APP 了~外加 OpenCL University Kit


這個消息應該算有點晚了…似乎是在去年年底推出 ATI Stream SDK 2.3(連結)前,AMD 就將整個「ATI Stream」這個名詞,改為「AMD Accelerated Parallel Processing」(簡稱「APP」)了!Heresy 現在找到的資料,是可以追朔到 2010/10/20(連結),不過由於 Heresy 自己沒有一直在追/認真看 ATI/AMD 的新聞,所以也就沒注意到了(奇怪,印象中之前 2.3 的時候,進到 Stream SDK 的網頁並沒有寫啊?)。

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基本上,這次的改名,應該就只是單純的改名,和顯示卡品牌的「去 ATI 化」,應該是同樣的意義,並沒有做其他部分的修改;而他的新頁面,則是在:http://developer.amd.com/gpu/AMDAPPSDK/

實際上,目前檔案下載的部分,檔名也都還掛著「Stream SDK」的名稱,並沒有將檔案名稱也做修改;同時,SDK 版本的部分,也延續原來的板號,繼續由 v2.3 出發、延續下去。

另外,AMD 在自己的 OpenCL Zone(網站)也多了一個「University Programs」(連結),在裡面提供了一個所謂的「OpenCL University Kit」,算是提供了一個標準的 OpenCL 教學課程的內容。他的章節內容如下:

  • Lecture 1: Introduction to Parallel Computing
  • Lecture 2: Introduction to OpenCL
  • Lecture 3: Introduction to OpenCL, continued
  • Lecture 4: GPU Architecture
  • Lecture 5: OpenCL Buffers and Complete Examples
  • Lecture 6: Understanding GPU Memory
  • Lecture 7: GPU Threads and Scheduling
  • Lecture 8: Optimizing Performance
  • Lecture 9: OpenCL Programming and Optimization Case Study
  • Lecture 10: OpenCL Extensions
  • Lecture 11: Events Timing and Profiling
  • Lecture 12: Debugging
  • Lecture 13: Programming Multiple Devices

基本上,他所提供的資料是投影片的形式(微軟 PowerPoint 2007/2010的 PPTX 檔),每一章節就是一個投影片,製作的算是相當完整;而同時,針對 lectures 2, 3, 9, 13 的內容,也都有提供範例程式。這對於要學習 OpenCL、或是要教 OpenCL 的人來說,應該都有相當的幫助了!

不過,AMD 官方網站要下載這個「OpenCL University Kit」是要註冊的,;如果不想註冊的話,也可以考慮到 Geeks3D 下載(網頁)。


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  1. AMD APP SDK V2.4 出了,可以到官網下載。
    更新功能:
    Improved OpenCL runtime performance:
    ‧Zero copy transfer of data between CPU and GPU for APUs (Windows only)
    ‧Improved PCIe transfer speed
    ‧Improved kernel launch times

    Support for AMD A-series devices
    Support for:
    ‧AMD C-30 Accelerated Processor with AMD Radeon™ HD 6250 graphics card
    ‧AMD C-50 Accelerated Processor with AMD Radeon™ HD 6250 graphics card
    ‧AMD E-240 Accelerated Processor with AMD Radeon™ HD 6310 graphics card
    ‧AMD E-350 Accelerated Processor with AMD Radeon™ HD 6310 graphics card
    ‧AMD Radeon™ HD 6670 graphics card
    ‧AMD Radeon™ HD 6570 graphics card
    ‧AMD Radeon™ HD 6450 graphics card

    Support for CPU/x86 images (Enables the support for image formats, as described in the Khronos OpenCL Specification, to be run on the x86 CPU)
    Support for cl_khr_fp64 on the CPU.
    Cached reads (-fno-alias)
    Binary image format improvements
    DXVA buffer sharing
    FFT performance improvements
    Uninstallation of SDK 2.4 or its components is now done through the Catalyst Install Manager (CIM). See the Installation Notes for a description of the procedure.

    For the AMD APP Profiler v2.2:
    ‧Support for OpenCL™ application summary
    ‧Support for profiling with AMD Radeon™ HD6900 series GPUs (requires AMD APP SDK v2.4 and AMD Catalyst 11.2 or newer)
    ‧Improved Session List Explorer
    ‧Improved user documentation (now also accessible online in Documentation)

    For the AMD APP KernelAnalyzer v1.8:
    ‧Support for AMD Catalyst 11.1 – 11.3
    ‧Support for setting the OpenCL compiler build options
    ‧Improved analysis for AMD Radeon™ HD 6970 graphics cards
    ‧Support for displaying x86 assembly code

    Commencing with Catalyst 11.3, the AMD Accelerated Parallel Processing (APP) OpenCL runtime is included in the GPU drivers. More frequent updates to the run-time may be obtained by updating the drivers.

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