Breaking News
Blog

Why AMD is opening up Fusion...

NO RATINGS
Page 1 / 2 Next >
View Comments: Newest First | Oldest First | Threaded View
Roba66
User Rank
Rookie
re: Why AMD is opening up Fusion...
Roba66   10/26/2012 6:13:55 PM
NO RATINGS
That was really open source. Unfortunately it was not useful as a piece of IP for existing X86 based systems. This is different, being actual silicon and cards that can be used, but the drawback is the deep obfuscation layer that AMD marketing thinks is still somehow "open".

Roba66
User Rank
Rookie
re: Why AMD is opening up Fusion...
Roba66   10/26/2012 6:06:03 PM
NO RATINGS
AMD GPU technology is not "OPEN" at all, this is a marketing ploy. The support software is closed and proprietary; the architecture is closed and proprietary. If it was even as open as any processor you would have the equivalent of machine level or assembler available and people would be able to write tools for it. Instead of having the marketers "ease the path of programming" for those poor dumb users, they could give out the information and let the users solve the problem for them. They could try to be more "open" than Nvidia rather than going the other way. Technology mapping to GPU cores is best done by the people who understand the problem space. Nvidia is working with those people and making good progress; AMD is coming from behind and they need to open up a lot more to potential users to get them interested.

Peter Clarke
User Rank
Blogger
re: Why AMD is opening up Fusion...
Peter Clarke   6/20/2011 9:41:59 AM
NO RATINGS
@ash9 It sounds plausible but what makes you think that? And do you think that eventually GPUs will look so much like CPUs that we end up with a single logic-plus-graphics processing unit (L+GPU) to simplify many-core processing?

ash9
User Rank
Rookie
re: Why AMD is opening up Fusion...
ash9   6/19/2011 11:04:25 PM
NO RATINGS
a GPU compute core is the next iteration (ala NVIDIA, but different)into AMD's GPU cards, that compute core will make it into their APU's

Peter Clarke
User Rank
Blogger
re: Why AMD is opening up Fusion...
Peter Clarke   6/17/2011 10:24:09 AM
NO RATINGS
Similar perhaps although I didn't see Sun making any transition from one level of abstraction to another. Sun was a workstation provider that designed processors in order to create a performance advantage. In the end Sun couldn't produce an advantage over Intel and AMD x86 processors and high-end PCs replaced workstations. In this case AMD and all other processor developers are facing the same difficult transition from multi-core to many-core. AMD seems to be trying to invoke first mover and ecosystem advantage to try and set the agenda. If it doesn't, Intel or ARM will set the agenda anyway. The big question is does AMD have ARM, Microsoft or anyone else on-board, or are those guys indulging in fence-sitting; getting close to see if AMD's "standard" approach might have legs without committing just yet. ARM may wish it had thought of this first and be reluctant to join an ecosystem in which it is just another logo on a slide. On the other hand if AMD's approach gains traction better to be in early and hard.

pchiang_calstan
User Rank
Rookie
re: Why AMD is opening up Fusion...
pchiang_calstan   6/16/2011 5:05:19 PM
NO RATINGS
This seems somewhat similar to what Sun did with their open-source T1 processor several years ago. That didn't end up well for them ...

Radio
NEXT UPCOMING BROADCAST
How to Cope with a Burpy Comet
October 17, 2pm EDT Friday
EE Times Editorial Director Karen Field interviews Andrea Accomazzo, Flight Director for the Rosetta Spacecraft.
August Cartoon Caption Winner!
August Cartoon Caption Winner!
"All the King's horses and all the KIng's men gave up on Humpty, so they handed the problem off to Engineering."
5 comments
Top Comments of the Week
Like Us on Facebook

Datasheets.com Parts Search

185 million searchable parts
(please enter a part number or hit search to begin)
EE Times on Twitter
EE Times Twitter Feed