The Journey Towards "True" Heterogeneous Computing

    By: Mr. Adrian Bridgwater on Mar 21, 2011

    Debate is fuelling in technology circles surrounding the enabling technologies that underpin so-called "true" heterogeneous computing. Programming standards and best practices have not yet aligned across the heavens -- and much is being made of both proprietary and more open technologies straddling this space.

    But why discuss such standards in the first place?

    The answer lies in data-centric developers and their potential ability to tap into the full power of their systems by accessing both the GPU and CPU for true heterogeneous computing power.

    More computing power, more data, more storage, more analytics -- as an ISUG member and (I'm guessing here) a database professional you can see where this is going I hope?

    Without giving any proprietary body more credence than it deserves, suffice it to say that the better-known microprocessor manufacturers out there have been very vocal on this subject.

    At the open end of the equation there is OpenCL, which is described as the first open, royalty-free standard for cross-platform, parallel programming of modern processors found in personal computers, servers and handheld/embedded devices.

    I am not highlighting a new technology per se, but I am saying that there is fresh momentum in this corner of the IT spectrum. Time enough to pause, reflect and consider what this means for the future I hope…

    Released: March 21, 2011, 8:51 am | Updated: March 22, 2014, 3:22 pm
    Keywords: Opinion News | Data Management




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