AMD and ARM team up for HSA Foundation

AMD is working with ARM, along with a number of other companies, to form a new group that will be dedicated to creating an alternate architecture specification for PC and mobile software programming. This effort will be different than the specifications that are championed currently by AMD's biggest rival Intel. The group is known as the Heterogeneous System Architecture (HSA) Foundation and also counts Imagination Technologies, MediaTek and Texas Instruments among its founding members.

The press release that announces the HSA Foundation states:

The companies will work together to drive a single architecture specification and simplify the programming model to help software developers take greater advantage of the capabilities found in modern central processing units (CPUs) and graphics processing units (GPUs), and unlock the performance and power efficiency of the parallel computing engines found in heterogeneous processors.

This kind of standard is different from Intel's ideas on the future of PC processors, which is basically to continue to add more transistors onto a single chip. The HSA Foundation's official website offers more information about this new consortium and their efforts into making this specification into an open standard. Of course, AMD has already been pushing for a combination CPU-GPU with its Fusion line of chips so this would seems to be a natural extension of their efforts in this area. 

Source: AMD | Image via HSA Foundation

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Ha. That's how you do it AMD. Waste money on architectures no one will use because they won't run all of their apps. That'll bring about your dominance in no time /s

SharpGreen said,
Ha. That's how you do it AMD. Waste money on architectures no one will use because they won't run all of their apps. That'll bring about your dominance in no time /s

I dont agree with the above statement. I think its a great idea and as i've researched Heterogenous architecture; I firmly believe its the way forward. Utilising both GPU with CPU to accelerate code paths or/and SoC embedded with multiple units not traditionally found on current generation of chips may actually improve power & hardware utilisation, amongst other benefits. Although my research is in this subject, such architecture can be adapted, improved and result in more resilient, powerful, feature-rich systems.

SharpGreen said,
Ha. That's how you do it AMD. Waste money on architectures no one will use because they won't run all of their apps. That'll bring about your dominance in no time /s

Yeah because ARM and TI would just jump on a ship that would sink before it started. Another day, another fanboy.

Altho I'd like to know how will this affect ARM and Intel's relationship. Since Intel is ARM's biggest customer at this point.

SharpGreen said,
Ha. That's how you do it AMD. Waste money on architectures no one will use because they won't run all of their apps. That'll bring about your dominance in no time /s

It was announced in AFDS I think, that they plan to create a layer that automatically distributes tasks to the hardware more suited to them in terms of efficiency and performance, i.e., fp loads go to gpu, int loads to cpu etc.

I'm surprised ARM are joining as well. Their current architecture is extremely popular. I guess this is more of a long-term project. And if it's going to be an open standard, Intel will be able to use it, too. Either way, this is going to be interesting.

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