View Full Version : AMD Promises "Full" Fusion of CPU and GPU in 2014.

02-05-2012, 08:16 PM
http://www.xbitlabs.com/news/cpu/display/20120202102405_AMD_Promises_Full_Fusion_of_CPU_and _GPU_in_2014.html

At present AMD's accelerated processing units - which integrate x86 general-purpose processing cores and highly-parallel stream processors on a single chip - can accelerate certain tasks using Radeon stream processors only when software is made to specifically use them. Given the limitations of the current architecture, x86 and Radeon cores should use dedicated memory, which tends to be inefficient. Essentially, nowadays the software completely controls which compute resources to use and when.

But after years of evolution, which will involve development of both hardware and software/compilers/tools, accelerated processing units in 2014 will be able to dynamically decide (possibly, when it comes to new programs) which task is better to execute on a particular [type of] core thanks to new software as well as special features of the chips.

Unified memory of CPU and GPU by next year!

02-06-2012, 12:24 AM
So far, much of the announcements from AMD proved only one thing, that they're full of sh!t and can really fulfil their promises...CPU and gpu merged together?i hope not, CPU based on the multicolour architecture?yes, please.

02-06-2012, 10:49 AM
In essence, this is no different than merging the math co-processor of old with the CPU done back in the Pentium days. Although I doubt AMD will live up to the hype.