vacancies advertise contact news tip The Vault
facebook rss twitter

AMD's Fusion System Architecture evolves

by Alistair Lowe on 20 January 2012, 11:37

Tags: AMD (NYSE:AMD)

Quick Link: HEXUS.net/qabbnb

Add to My Vault: x

It certainly doesn't sound as catchy, however, AMD believes it to be the name that will take its increasingly 'heterogeneous' Fusion System Architecture into the future, that is the newly named, 'Heterogeneous Systems Architecture'.

FSA is an architecture built upon open standards such as Open CL and and C++ AMP, that attempts to close the programming gap formed between the CPU and the GPU. The standard focuses on reducing latency and the need to copy data between the CPU and the GPU in order to perform specialised operations, enabled through hardware support with a unified memory controller and hardware acceleration of task queuing.

Why the name change now? AMD's newly released Radeon HD 77xx - 79xx series of graphics cards feature AMD's new GCN, Graphics Core Next architecture, which supports some of the hardware features needed to make the firm's FSA a reality. AMD is being a little sketchy at this stage as to just how far developers will be able to go, armed with HSA and GCN, however more details are expected to emerge in the near future, so stay tuned.



HEXUS Forums :: 6 Comments

Login with Forum Account

Don't have an account? Register today!
FSA to HSA now… technology companies and their abbreviations are getting annoying.
ExHail
FSA to HSA now… technology companies and their abbreviations are getting annoying.

I am wondering if the fact FSA is coming into its own on the discreet GPU front, may have led to confusion with the Fusion APU line-up and perhaps this is the real reason, though just my thoughts.
FSA HSA GPU API just TLA's to me…
This is interesting. I too am wondering. This might tie in with the seeming low level of floating point support in the Buldozer architecture. A full implementation of fusion using Graphics Core Next in the same die as Buldozer modules would make a powerful system. The only problem I can see is that it will probably not be mainstream or mass market enough to make it worthwhile for developers to get into.
MilesPebody
This is interesting. I too am wondering. This might tie in with the seeming low level of floating point support in the Buldozer architecture. A full implementation of fusion using Graphics Core Next in the same die as Buldozer modules would make a powerful system. The only problem I can see is that it will probably not be mainstream or mass market enough to make it worthwhile for developers to get into.

AMD probably is targeting complete solutions for the supercomputer and server markets using its GCN based graphics cards.