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HSA spec released, will share workloads among CPUs, GPUs

Agam Shah | March 17, 2015
HSA Foundation's first software and hardware specification could extract more performance, battery from mobile devices.

But key companies like Intel and Nvidia are not participants in HSA, which could hobble the specification's adoption. Nvidia's proprietary CUDA standard is designed for its Tesla supercomputing graphics chips and Tegra mobile chips, and Intel is providing its own parallel programming suite for use with its chips. The companies have a lot running on their proprietary programming standards, which could help improve chip sales.

HSA 1.0 will initially support popular programming languages like Java, C++, OpenMP, Python and others. Companies will also have to ensure their hardware is compatible with specifications. Qualcomm, which is one of the world's largest mobile chip vendors, has said the custom CPUs, Adreno GPUs and digital signals processors will be HSA compatible. Imagination Technologies, MediaTek and chip designer ARM also said they will bring HSA compatibility on chips and processor designs in the future.

Other key HSA Foundation members include Oracle, Sony, LG Electronics, Marvell, Toshiba, Broadcom and Texas Instruments.

 

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