LONDON – Graphics processor IP licensor Imagination Technologies Group plc is working with Vector Fabrics BV to apply parallelization to software to be distributed across application processors that include PowerVR SGX graphics cores.
The use of the OpenCL-based vfEmbedded code development, analysis and parallelization tool will be demonstrated on the booth of Imagination (Kings Langley, England) at the Siggraph exhibition coming up in Vancouver August 9 to 11, according to Vector Fabrics (Eindhoven, The Netherlands).
The two companies consider that PowerVR graphics cores can not only render graphics for display but can use spare resources to deliver additional computation power. The use of OpenCL can provide a boost to certain algorithms and applications, Vectof Fabrics said.
The use of vfEmbedded can help application developers increase the performance and lower the power consumption of advanced application processor platforms, Vector Fabrics said.
"Upgrading a sequential program to run efficiently on a parallel GP-GPU architecture is not an easy task. Programmers require intimate application knowledge, must learn new programming models and concepts, and avoid introducing hard-to-find bugs," said Mike Beunder, CEO of Vector Fabrics, in a statement. "Our vfEmbedded tool alleviates the developer from these tasks, greatly assisting the process of modifying sequential code to utilize fast and efficient OpenCL kernels that take maximum advantage of PowerVR GPUs."
Tony King-Smith, vice president of marketing at Imagination, said: "We believe vfEmbedded is a great example of a new wave of tools now becoming available to developers to drive the next wave of GPGPU-based algorithm development."
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