Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 6th Aug 2009 22:38 UTC
AMD "AMD has announced the release of the first OpenCL SDK for x86 CPUs, and it will enable developers to target x86 processors with the kind of OpenCL code that's normally written for GPUs. In a way, this is a reverse of the normal 'GPGPU' trend, in which programs that run on a CPU are modified to run in whole or in part on a GPU."
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But I thought...
by Tuishimi on Sat 8th Aug 2009 16:15 UTC
Tuishimi
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2005-07-06

...the purpose of the GPU was to offload some work from the CPU? I understand that this would be good for mini/micro systems - where GPU is limited. Would this help them work together in some way - act like a multi-processor GPU? That would be nice - maybe preprocess the commands before popping the results off to the GPU for final calculation and rendering.

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by grabberslasher on Sat 8th Aug 2009 19:35 in reply to "But I thought..."
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2006-02-09

OpenCL is a lot more than just a GPU accelerator for code; it's designed to be a system where the code you write can run on CPUs, GPUs and other accelerator cards without you having to do any other work. It also maximizes performance and threading usage for compute tasks running on the CPU.

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