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The HSA (Heterogeneous System Architecture) Foundation, known as the “HSAF”, is an open, industry standard consortium founded to define and deliver open standards and tools for hardware and software to fully take advantage of high performance of parallel compute engines, and do so in the lowest possible power envelope. This new environment will enable rich new user experiences never been seen before, and done at incredibly low power.

The HSAF aims to simplify and optimize parallel programming of high-performance, low power heterogeneous computing architectures including CPUs, GPUs, APUs and DSP (Digital Signal Processor). The foundation intends to literally change the hardware for participating members to suit the millions of mainstream programmers, different from many other industry approaches that can result in daunting programming challenges and applicability only to high performance computing and workstation workloads. For software, the HSAF will take the simplified hardware and create new software with the ultimate goal of plugging into the most popular, novice programmer development environments. This would then result in opening up heterogeneous computing to tens of millions of programmers.

By aligning the interests of its founding members, AMD, ARM, Imagination Technologies, MediaTek, Qualcomm, Samsung, and Texas Instruments (TI), this new ecosystem will combine scalar processing on the CPU with GPUs and DSPs parallel processing for SoC (system on chip) silicon vendors, SoC IP building block vendors, OEMs (Original Equipment Manufacturer), OSVs (Operating System Vendors), ISVs (Independent Software Vendors) and academia. The HSA will ultimately drive innovation into the future of billions of multi-core devices, spanning from futuristic devices like smart watches and room computers, to today’s innovations in smartphones, tablets, PCs, TVs, to giant cloud server installations.

Alternative approaches do exist to HSAF like NVIDIA’s CUDA, focused on specific and proprietary NVIDIA hardware. HSAF aims to build tools that are simpler and that work across AMD, ARM, Imagination Technologies, MediaTek, Qualcomm, Samsung and Texas Instruments hardware.
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Good luck HSAF. That is one hell of a tall order to fill.
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Lot of potential, but will be a lot of work. Looking forward to this.
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With so many companies investing HSA it's going to be implemented soon enough.
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