The Mac Observer

Skip navigational links

You're viewing an article in TMO's historic archive vault. Here, we've preserved the comments and how the site looked along with the article. Use this link to view the article on our current site:
Khronos Compute Working Group Evaluating Apple's OpenCL

Khronos Compute Working Group Evaluating Apple's OpenCL

by , 3:25 PM EDT, June 17th, 2008

The Khronos Group announced on Monday that they will form a Compute Working Group to create open standards for parallel computing across multiple GPUs and CPUs. Members include AMD, Apple, Freescale, NVIDIA and IBM. Apple has presented its OpenCL specification to the group.

The Compute Working Group will "create royalty-free, open standards for programming heterogeneous data and task parallel computing across GPUs and CPUs. The creation of this open standard is intended to enable and encourage diverse applications to leverage all available platform compute resources on a wide range of platforms," according to the Khronos Group.

The current members include: 3Dlabs, AMD, Apple, ARM, Codeplay, Ericsson, Freescale, Graphic Remedy, IBM, Imagination Technologies, Intel, Nokia, NVIDIA, Motorola, QNX, Qualcomm, Samsung, Seaweed, TI, and Umea University.

The Apple OpenCL specification, announced by Apple at the recent Worldwide Developers Conference, will enable any application to equally tap into the vast gigaflops of GPU and CPU resources through an approachable C-based language.

"The Compute Working Group potentially will be one of the most significant standardization efforts at Khronos. Highly-accelerated parallel computation across GPUs and CPUs is essential to many emerging rich consumer applications that will transform the computing experience of diverse users," said Neil Trevett, president of the Khronos Group. "Significantly, this initiative is aimed at both desktop and embedded devices -- the day when you will be able to hold a supercomputer in the palm of your hand is perhaps not so far away."

The Khronos Group also announced that representatives of the Compute Working Group will be available in person at SIGGRAPH in Los Angeles, August 11-15.

One result of the initiative will be that developers and scientists will be able to tap the vast potential of GPUs which, while very fast for graphics operations, are not well suited for general purpose computing until an abstraction layer like OpenCL is made available. The payoff is that while fast desktop systems are in the 100 gigaflop range, modern GPUs can range from many hundreds of gigaflops up to a teraflop (single precision) like the AMD Firestream 9250 announced on Monday.

Recent Headlines - Updated November 30th

Mon,12:40 PM
Three Ways to Protect your Apple Watch (and One Way Not To)
Mon,5:50 PM
Jeremy Clarkson’s Video Pitches Amazon Prime Air
5:26 PM
MGG 581: Hints and Allegations for Cyber Monday
3:55 PM
NSA Ends Bulk Phone Record Collection
3:42 PM
One Analyst Thinks Apple Had Best Black Friday ‘in Its Entire History’
3:00 PM
TMO Background Mode: Interview With Naomi Pearce From Pearce Communications
2:09 PM
TMO Daily Observations 2015-11-30: NSA Data Collection Changes, Amazon Instant Video on Apple TV
1:47 PM
Apple Music Beta Comes to Sonos on December 15th
10:27 AM
Apple Sued for Wiping iPhone Data at Genius Bar
9:26 AM
Amazon Feedback Says Prime Video Coming to Apple TV
Fri,7:26 PM
$100 off iPad mini 4 for Black Friday
7:11 PM
iPad mini 2 for $199 at Walmart for Black Friday
  • __________
  • Buy Stuff, Support TMO!
  • Podcast: Mac Geek Gab
  • Podcast: Apple Weekly Report
  • TMO on Twitter!