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OpenCL-based parallelisation tool boosts GPU apps

Posted: 09 Aug 2011     Print Version  Bookmark and Share

Keywords:OpenCL  PowerVR  graphics 

Imagination Technologies Group plc teams with Vector Fabrics BV to develop OpenCL-based vfEmbedded code development, analysis and parallelisation tool for application processors that include PowerVR SGX graphics cores.

The use of the vfEmbedded tool will be demonstrated on the booth of Imagination at the Siggraph exhibition coming up in Vancouver August 9 to 11, according to Vector Fabrics.

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, says Vector Fabrics.

Vector Fabrics claims that the use of vfEmbedded can help application developers increase the performance and lower the power consumption of advanced application processor platforms.

"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," says 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 utilise fast and efficient OpenCL kernels that take maximum advantage of PowerVR GPUs."

Tony King-Smith, VP 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 GP-GPU-based algorithm development."





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