Tech Giants and Leading National Labs join the HSA Foundation
— Oracle, Broadcom, Oak Ridge National Laboratory and Huawei are among industry-leading organizations recently joining the HSA Foundation to advance open standards for heterogeneous compute programming —
— Open Source Developer Program launched to drive greater developer productivity in heterogeneous computing—
SAN JOSE, Calif. — Nov. 12, 2013 — The HSA Foundation today announced at the 2013 AMD Developer Summit, “APU13”, the addition of new members spanning Fortune 500 technology giants, software innovators, high-tech silicon suppliers and the world’s most forefront research institutions. Backed by founder members, AMD, ARM, Imagination Technologies, MediaTek Inc., Qualcomm, Samsung Electronics and Texas Instruments (TI), the HSA Foundation is dedicated to developing open-standard architecture specifications that unlock the performance and power efficiency of the parallel computing engines found in most modern devices.
“Joining the HSA Foundation represents the next step towards bringing heterogeneous computing to millions of developers, as well as the introduction of new server and cloud programming paradigms,” said Nandini Ramani, vice president of development, Java Platform, Oracle. “Our work with the HSA Foundation will help provide Java developers with the ability to quickly leverage GPU acceleration, and explore how the Java Virtual Machine (JVM), as well as the Java language and APIs, might be enhanced to allow applications to take advantage of heterogeneous compute.”
“In less than six months, more than a dozen of the industry’s elite have pledged their support to driving the HSA standard forward,” said Phil Rogers, president, HSA Foundation. “The rapid adoption of HSA and the development of the Foundation’s open ecosystem will help usher in the next era unprecedented user experiences to improving cloud-based data management, streaming, and security.”
As an independent consortium, the HSA Foundation is open to any computing industry professionals with an interest in driving the next era in computing performance and energy efficiency. Members will assist with research, development, production, manufacture, use, and the sale of HSA and heterogeneous computing software. The latest members to join the HSA Foundation include:
- Canonical Limited
- Electronics and Telecommunications Research Institute (ETRI)
- Industrial Technology Res. Institute
- Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory
- Oak Ridge National Laboratory
- TEI of Crete
- UChicago Argonne, LLC. Operator of Argonne National Laboratory
- VIA Technologies
Also announced today is the formation of the HSA Foundation Open Source Developer Program. The new program will help drive greater developer productivity in heterogeneous computing by removing many of the barriers of traditional heterogeneous programming and enabling developers to focus on their algorithms and not managing system resources. Specifically, the program will focus on three key areas:
- Development of core tools, runtimes and simulators that allow developers to access HSA technologies
- Provide documentation and tools to help accelerate the development of applications on top of HSAF runtimes technologies
- Give developers a place to contribute to the development of the open source HSA tools and runtimes
Through the Open Source Developer Program, engaging the HSA Foundation and all the technologies that encompass the HSA specifications is now easier and more effective. Parties interested in exploring and contributing to HSA can use the HSA Foundation Open Source Developer Program resources. Anyone can join the mailing lists, ask questions, contribute patches, report bugs, look at submitted patches, and use the tools.
- Nandini Ramani APU13 Keynote
- Opensource Developer Program
- Visit the HSA Foundation GitHub site to access open source code
- Like the HSA Foundation on Facebook
- Follow the HSA Foundation on Twitter
About The HSA Foundation
The HSA (Heterogeneous System Architecture) Foundation is a not-for-profit consortium of SoC IP vendors, OEMs, academia, SoC vendors, OSVs and ISVs whose challenging the normal of how whole system architecture is structured for combing CPU’s, GPU’s, DSP’s, and other accelerators to bring about forward progress in computing’s foundation to make it dramatically easier to program heterogeneous parallel devices. HSA Foundation is driving this via Royalty Free Specifications and open source software: HSA runtimes and low level compilation tools based on open source technologies like LLVM and GCC.
HSA Foundation members are building a heterogeneous compute software ecosystem which is rooted on open royalty free industry standards. We are looking to bring about applications that blend scalar processing on the CPU, parallel processing on the GPU, and optimized processing of DSP via high bandwidth shared memory access with greater application performance at low power consumption. HSA Foundation is defining key interfaces and for parallel computation utilizing CPU, GPU, DSP’s and other programmable and fixed function devices, which will support a diverse set of high-level programming languages creating the next foundation in general purpose computing. Most importantly we are driving to bring greater developer productivity to heterogeneous computing by removing many of the barriers of traditional heterogeneous programing so they can focus on their algorithms and not managing system resources. One of the key attributes of Cache Coherent Shared Virtual Memory (“CC-SVM”) is begin looking at larger dataset then traditionally supported by today co-processor devices with fixed memory pools. For more information, visit www.hsafoundation.com.