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Wednesday, 07 July 2010 11:12

AMD to offer funding for Fusion developers

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The way it’s meant to be fused
AMD has big plans for Fusion and its planning to launch an investment drive aimed at building a strong base among developers.

In an interview with PC World, AMD’s Director of Fusion Marketing John Taylor announced AMD’s plans to invest in software companies to develop applications suited to the new generation of CPUs. Taylor also noted AMD would invest in hardware companies, such as ODMs and component makers in an effort to expend the Fusion market.

Taylor said that AMD’s goal is to accelerate the introduction of unique computing solutions and applications specifically designed to take advantage of Fusion’s integrated architecture. He pointed out that GPUs could, among other things, accelerate security applications and rendering in browsers.

Both AMD and Nvidia have supported efforts to utilize GPU computing in the past. AMD provides assistance to OpenCL developers and Nvidia has been promoting CUDA for years.

Taylor confirmed that AMD has already made some Fusion-related strategic investments, but he did not reveal the identity of companies taking part in the program.

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0 #1 AMD 2010-07-07 15:10
"He pointed out that GPUs could, among other things, accelerate security applications and rendering in browsers."

Does accelerating rendering affect load on Internet bandwidth? if anyone knows... ?
 
 
+1 #2 Bl0bb3r 2010-07-07 15:19
No, rendering is related to what the objects do after they've been downloaded, so if you have lots of javascript programmable motion elements they should be displayed faster.
 
 
+7 #3 eXistential 2010-07-07 15:47
Good strategy from AMD. Unlike with MS and the new DirectX's, its good to drive the new technology as it's progression/advancement.
 
 
-10 #4 Bl0bb3r 2010-07-07 16:29
I can't totally support the "good strategy" pov as it's not fair to the customer. This was started by Nvidia with their pissx & cuda-fuda, which unfairly affected users owning non-capable pissx cards, including older geforce series, since they payed the same price for the games. Also shows how much not a game is worth when devs are willingly stabbing their customers in the back over some financing. On the other hand, it could help star-up and indie devs bring something to the market, not that it will make a huge impact considering what moguls own the gaming industry and what games they promote. Anyway, DX is not like OpenCL, it already has the largest user-base so why bother?
 
 
-11 #5 estani 2010-07-07 16:56
They'd like to fuse into a monopoly, that's for sure.
 
 
+5 #6 yourma2000 2010-07-07 19:32
hopefully AMD can get a snowball of developers rolling for Fusion and Stream, I want to see stuff like antiviruses, media players and internet browsers running on the GPU for more rich user environments
 
 
+9 #7 D31337Antics 2010-07-07 21:12
Thank god they are pushing OpenCL.
 
 
+6 #8 Adamal 2010-07-07 21:18
Quoting eXistential:
Good strategy from AMD. Unlike with MS and the new DirectX's, its good to drive the new technology as it's progression/advancement.


Why are you comparing the two? DirectX is an API for accelerating graphics in games, OpenCL is for GPU assisted computing. The two are very seperate.
 
 
-13 #9 AndromedaB 2010-07-08 00:42
Quoting D31337Antics:
Thank god they are pushing OpenCL.

they are a leach, what else would they do?
 
 
0 #10 Bl0bb3r 2010-07-08 16:24
Quoting Adamal:
Why are you comparing the two?


DirectX contains DirectCompute which is basically M$ version of OpenCL. But as I've said, they already have a large user base, so they won't bother to promote it actively. It's good that something Open get's to see some action.
 

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