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Appeared on: Monday, November 14, 2016
AMD Radeon Open Compute Platform 1.3 Released At SC2016

The annual ACM/IEEE sponsored supercomputing conference (SC16) kicked off today in the United States and AMD is both updating participants on the current state of Boltzmann Initiative, along with providing the latest software update to the project.

AMD's Boltzmann Initiative is a plan to overhaul its HPC software stack for GPUs and create an ecosystem that could rival and even interact with Nvidia's CUDA.

At SC16 AMD announced a new release of Radeon Open Compute Platform (ROCm) featuring software support of new Radeon GPU hardware, new math libraries, and a foundation of modern programming languages, designed to speed development of high-performance, energy-efficient heterogeneous computing systems. AMD also announced planned support of OpenCL and for a wide range of CPUs in upcoming releases of ROCm, including support for AMD's upcoming "Zen"-based CPUs, Cavium ThunderX CPUs, and IBM Power 8 CPUs.

The new release of ROCm introduces updates, including:

In addition to today's release of ROCm, AMD also announced that it is working to expand the ROCm ecosystem through increased server CPU support, and planned support of OpenCL. Upcoming releases of ROCm are expected to support AMD "Zen"-based x86 CPUs, ARM AArch64 CPU architecture starting with Cavium ThunderX processors, as well as IBM Power 8 CPUs and servers. OpenCL is being built on a ROCm runtime and compiler foundation which give much greater low-level control of the GPU via its direct-to-metal access.

The new version of Radeon Open Compute is available now at https://github.com/RadeonOpenCompute/ROCm.

At SC16 in booth 1431, AMD will showcase:



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