Today at the AMD Fusion Developer Summit (AFDS), AMD and
several collaborators announced the formation of the
Heterogeneous System Architecture (HSA) Foundation.
AMD, ARM, Imagination, MediaTek, Texas Instruments and Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
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
The companies will work together to drive a single
architecture specification and simplify the programming
model to help software developers take greater advantage
of the capabilities found in modern central processing
units (CPUs) and graphics processing units (GPUs), and
unlock the performance and power efficiency of the
parallel computing engines found in heterogeneous
By standardizing the heterogeneous programming model,
developers can more easily and cost-effectively develop
new software tailored to take advantage of the expanding
$55.5B heterogeneous (also known as "hybrid") processor
The HSA Foundation aims at creating industry standards that will make computing easier, more energy efficient and cost effective in the areas of client and low power computing, servers, mobiles amd embedded.
"The HSA Foundation recognizes that modern workloads are complex," said Phil Rogers, president of the HSA Foundation. "We envision a very rich set of applications emerging in the area of new user interfaces, and clever uses of the video input stream from the video cameras on the devices that follow HSA standards. We expect touch interfaces to give way to finger gestures in front of the glass, and expect applications to extract meaning from the video stream to anticipate the needs of the user. We expect new applications that draw the user into to a virtual experience, whether it is for entertainment, education or collaboration. There is so much potential for new experiences as developers are unleashed on input video and audio streams."
"HSA moves the industry beyond the constraints of the
legacy system architecture of the past 25-plus years
that is now stifling software innovations," said Phil
Rogers. "By aiming HSA squarely at the needs of the
software developer, we have designed a common hardware
platform for high performance, energy efficient
solutions. HSA is unlocking a new realm of possibilities
across PCs, smartphones, tablets and ultrathin
notebooks, as well as the innovative supercomputers and
cloud services that define the modern computing
As an independent consortium, the HSA Foundation is open
to any and all computing industry professionals with an
interest in driving the next era in computing
performance and energy efficiency. The HSA Foundation
welcomes semiconductor companies, platform and OS
vendors, device manufacturers, independent software
vendors, academia and open source developers.
In addition to the founding members, contributor and
supporting-level members will assist with research,
development, production, manufacture, use, and the sale
of HSA and heterogeneous computing software.