LONDON – Advanced Micro Devices Inc. and several collaborators have used the AMD Fusion Developer Summit being held in Bellevue, Washington, to announce the formation of the Heterogeneous System Architecture (HSA) Foundation.
AMD, ARM, Imagination, MediaTek and Texas Instruments are the initial founding members of a non-profit consortium that has been established to define and promote an open, standards-based approach to heterogeneous computing that will provide a common hardware specification and support to make it easier for software developers to take multiprocessing advantage of modern complex processors.
The five founding companies – which have expertise in x86 and ARM CPUs and PowerVR and Mali GPU cores amongst others – have pledged to work together to drive a single architecture specification that will simplify the programming model to help software developers take greater advantage of the capabilities found in the multiple CPU and GPU cores integrated in chips and unlock the performance and power efficiency of the parallel computing engines found in heterogeneous processors.
AMD Fellow Phil Rogers announces the HSA Foundation at the company's developer event in Bellevue, Wash., on Tuesday (June 12).
The heterogeneous processor market, also known as the hybrid processor market, is reckoned to be worth $55.5 billion and has particular relevance in such areas as cloud-based data management, streaming, and security.
"HSA Foundation is a non-profit, open standards body for HSA platforms that will own the develpment of the architecture going forward," AMD Corporate Fellow Phil Rogers told an audience at the AMD Fusion Developers Summit in Bellevue, Wash.
Rogers, who is also now president of the HSA Foundation, said AMD made significant progress on HSA since last year, when it announced it would open up what was at the time known as Fusion System Architecture and try to build an industry-wide ecosystem around it. "Today, I am really pleased to report that HSA has become a reality," Rogers said. "It's now the shared industry's vision for the future of computing."
The HSA is open to any and all computing industry professionals including semiconductor companies, platform and OS vendors, device manufacturers, independent software vendors, academia and open source developers. The foundation expects to deliver developer tools, software developer kits (SDKs), libraries, documentation, training and support.
"We deliberatley structured it so it can be open fo everyone and everyone can find thier appropriate level of cause and effect," Rogers said.
- Dylan McGrath contributed to this report from Bellevue, Wash.
I concur, FPGA types of things should be included heterogeneous mix of processing resources. There needs to be fairly broad definitions of several processing engine types and APIs associated with them.
Why not include an FPGA company as well? FPGAs have 'hard' CPUs and a bunch of programmable fabric that can be used for parallel computation. Maybe not exactly the same way as a GPU, but still in the ball park. Let's see if it happens. My bet is on Xilinx...
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