Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sat 11th Dec 2010 18:35 UTC
General Development "Using a GPU for computational workloads is not a new concept. The first work in this area dates back to academic research in 2003, but it took the advent of unified shaders in the DX10 generation for GPU computing to be a plausible future. Around that time, Nvidia and ATI began releasing proprietary compute APIs for their graphics processors, and a number of companies were working on tools to leverage GPUs and other alternative architectures. The landscape back then was incredibly fragmented and almost every option required a proprietary solution - either software, hardware or both. Some of the engineers at Apple looked at the situation and decided that GPU computing had potential - but they wanted a standard API that would let them write code and run on many different hardware platforms. It was clear that Microsoft would eventually create one for Windows (ultimately DirectCompute), but what about Linux, and OS X? Thus an internal project was born, that would eventually become OpenCL."
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RE[2]: not just for gpu's
by Jondice on Sun 12th Dec 2010 19:22 UTC in reply to "RE: not just for gpu's "
Jondice
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2006-09-20

Except on OS's that don't have OpenCL available, which is everything other than the Big 3.

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RE[3]: not just for gpu's
by big_gie on Sun 12th Dec 2010 19:30 in reply to "RE[2]: not just for gpu's "
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2006-01-04

Yes, it's still a new technology. The 1.1 specification is just 5 months old, and the 1.0 is a year old. It's not mature like MPI, but then MPI has been there for something like 2 decades...

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RE[3]: not just for gpu's
by tyrione on Mon 13th Dec 2010 17:46 in reply to "RE[2]: not just for gpu's "
tyrione Member since:
2005-11-21

Except on OS's that don't have OpenCL available, which is everything other than the Big 3.


I've got OpenCL from Nvidia running on Debian as they packaged in Experimental.

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RE[4]: not just for gpu's
by Neolander on Mon 13th Dec 2010 18:41 in reply to "RE[3]: not just for gpu's "
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2010-03-08

Doesn't Debian belong to "Big 3" as a linux distro ? I thought it was a shortcut for Windows/OSX/Linux...

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