Originally Posted by jtom320
Keeping jumping on board? AMD's problem is that they can get barely any OEMs to buy their hardware
and barely any software developers to support it
. As long as Intel maintains that stranglehold on 'partners' nothing is changing. As it is right now it looks like AMD's one advantage in graphics is likely going to be wiped out by Intel within the year.
By the way, here's a list of the companies supporting HSA that AMD have already gathered (taken from the Tom's article linked below) - and I see some pretty damn big companies on this list.
I'm disappointed to see that many people are still misunderstanding what exactly HSA is.
HSA is neither something that is exclusively happening on the hardware or software level. That's why I didn't post this in either hardware or software news. It is an entire new level of integration (literally) that will be absolutely revolutionary to computing.
HSA (once called "Fusion") is a level of integration that AMD has made possible within their hardware that gives software an advantage. It is beyond the integration of CPU and GPU in one package, which has already been demonstrated. It is a level of integration that will give HSA-optimized software an advantage that will be unmatched by any other offering. It will enable software to be coded efficiently AND easily to provide better performance without any money needing to be spent on researching to provide new and better hardware. Every HSA-enabled program will cost less to develop and run and use up less power on HSA-enabled hardware. This is innovative because it will truly open up technology for the BILLIONS. You will no longer need to spend thousands to get hardware that will run a program to a specific level of performance. HSA will allow that to be done on hardware that costs significantly less to buy and can cost less to develop - it will also allow for better performing software that costs less money and time to develop. In short, it's the best for everyone involved. And, unlike Intel's Knight's Corner/Larabee/etc, HSA's implementation will also be available at the consumer level and across all types of platforms - including, perhaps, on smartphones and tablets - and be able to provide varying levels of performance with needs, design, and power envelope.
[Everyone should read this]
The level of integration provided by HSA provides a balance that allows applications to be coded to utilize both the CPU & GPU (thus provide high performance output at efficient power level), without the more intense workload and hard programming architectures needed to learn to program specifically to take advantage of the GPU with previous solutions such as OpenCL and CUDA. The image below basically explains everything:
Edited by xd_1771 - 9/14/12 at 6:41pm
"At the end of the day, we’re not maniacally focused on beating a single company," says AMD’s Joe Macri. "We’re maniacally focused on up-leveling the experience of all consumers. By doing that, many of our competition will fall out. They’ll not have the IP, or they’ll have only some of the IP. Or maybe they’ll be forced to merge, which is a very difficult thing."