New Stream SDK adds better CrossFire, Visual Studio 2008 support

OpenCL may turn out to be the next best thing, but for now, AMD is still working hard on bettering its existing ATI Stream SDK—the set of tools needed to write general-purpose applications that can run on the firm’s GPUs. Earlier today, AMD brought its Stream SDK up to version 1.4, adding enhancements from multi-GPU support in single apps to improved Visual Studio 2008 support.

Here’s a run-down of the changes and additions in AMD’s words:

  • Significant 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 enhancements to the Brook+ runtime:
    • Support for memory pinning to optimize data transfers.
    • Support for asynchronous stream write requests.
  • Additional hardware features exposed in CAL:
    • Support for texture sampling (bilinear).
    • Support for FETCH4.
  • Support for the ATI Radeon HD 4870X2 and 3870X2.
  • Support for the ATI FirePro 3D V8750, V8700, V7770, V7750, V5700 and V3750.

Developers can download Windows Vista, Windows XP, and Linux versions of the Stream SDK 1.4 beta right from AMD’s Developer Central. The download page includes links to the ATI Stream Computing white paper and associated documentation, as well. Folks who’d like an easier-to-parse overview of AMD’s general-purpose GPU computing strategy may want to check out our interview with AMD’s Patti Harrell.

As we reported last December, AMD plans to add OpenCL support to the Stream SDK by June. The firm also intends to provide a transition path for developers who currently use the Brook+ language.

Comments closed
    • wingless
    • 11 years ago

    Insert obligatory Folding@Home statement here:

    Now all we have to do is wait for the new ATI GPU F@H client to get released! I want all 800SPs on my 4870 crunching this time.

    • MadManOriginal
    • 11 years ago

    Too bad it doesn’t add a decent working video conversion app which is how GPGPU applies to most consumers. *zing*

    • UberGerbil
    • 11 years ago

    It’s nice for existing Brook+ users, but knowing that there are plans “to provide a transition path” certainly isn’t going to encourage any new adopters.

      • Stranger
      • 11 years ago

      I wouldn’t be surprised if a lot of the work they’re doing for brook translated into opencl stuff pretty well.

    • ssidbroadcast
    • 11 years ago

    oh wow, my eyes play tricks on me. When I read this headline on the front page I read “/[

      • Meadows
      • 11 years ago

      AMD is going to install your games even before you’ve finished downloading.

    • khands
    • 11 years ago

    Hey, at least they’re getting somewhere, nice to hear x2 support.

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