AMD Eases Development of ATI GPU-Based Applications with ATI Stream SDK v1.4

SUNNYVALE, Calif.—(BUSINESS WIRE)—March 12, 2009— AMD (NYSE: AMD) releases ATI Stream Software Development Kit (SDK) v1.4, the fourth installment of the free toolkit with significant enhancements for developers. ATI Stream technology is a combination of hardware and software that leverages the immense capabilities of AMD graphics processing units (GPUs) to accelerate compute-intensive applications. The goal for the ATI Stream SDK is to provide an open, industry-standard toolkit that enables broad application adoption of ATI Stream technology.

WHAT:

  This software release serves as an upgrade to ATI Stream SDK v1.3 and includes significant improvements.
-- Feature enhancements to Brook+:
-- Support for multiple GPUs in a single program
-- Support for 8-bit and 16-bit integer types
-- Interoperability with DirectX API
-- Access to thread-level data sharing
-- Improved support for Microsoft Visual Studio 2008
-- Performance enhancement to the Brook+ runtime:
-- Support for memory pinning to optimize data transfers
-- Support for asynchronous stream write calls
-- Additional hardware features exposed in the Compute Abstraction Layer (CAL):
-- Support for texture sampling (bilinear)
-- Support for FETCH4
-- Support for the ATI Radeon™ HD 4870 X2 consumer graphics card
-- Support for the ATI FirePro™ 3D V8750, V8700, V7770, V7750, V5700 and V3750 professional graphics accelerators
 

WHY:

The release of ATI Stream SDK v1.4 delivers a full-featured software development environment that exposes the amazing computational power of AMD GPUs in an easy to use interface. Developers can now take advantage of enhancements to Brook+ to support multiple GPUs, finely grained data handling, DirectX interoperability and access to thread-level data sharing, empowering the developer community to program advanced applications that leverage ATI Stream-enabled hardware.

 

WHO BENEFITS:

Developers in the commercial HPC, consumer and vertical industries including financial modeling and risk assessment, oil and gas exploration, medical imaging and computer-aided research can benefit from the ATI Stream SDK v1.4. This release provides superior flexibility for developers utilizing AMD hardware, and provides them with the tools necessary to take full advantage of the benefits of general purpose graphics processing.

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