Friday, January 20th 2012

AMD Fusion System Architecture Evolves, Renamed to Heterogeneous

Introduced last summer at the Fusion11 Developer Summit, AMD’s Fusion System Architecture (FSA) has now been renamed to Heterogeneous Systems Architecture (HSA). According to AMD corporate fellow Phil Rogers, the new name is (more) 'representative of the entire, technical community that is leading the way in this very important area of technology and programming development.'

Naming change aside, AMD’s solution remains the same and promotes the use of CPU and GPU cores in a unified way, so as to deliver high application performance and low power consumption.

The Heterogeneous Systems Architecture will have its own breakout session at AMD's Financial Analyst Day which is scheduled for February 2nd (the same day The Secret Circle returns with a new episode, coincidence?).

Despite dropping the 'Fusion' name from its computing platform, AMD has kept it for the Fusion12 Developer Summit that's to be held in Bellevue, Washington this June.
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14 Comments on AMD Fusion System Architecture Evolves, Renamed to Heterogeneous

#1
micropage7
Heterogeneous
??
its like biologist summit than developer summit
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#2
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Makes sense if you think about it, I suppose. Fusion implies they're integrated together, but currently they just happen to be on the same chip, but discrete nonetheless. Perhaps they will bring back the Fusion name once the IGP is more closely integrated into the CPU (I'm still predicting that the FPU will be completely replaced by the IGP at some point in the near future).
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#3
Vancha
Oh, yeah, that's catchy!

At least they didn't get the people who name planets to decide what it should be called, I suppose.
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#4
Marv
by: Cristian_25H
Heterogeneous Systems Architecture (HAS)
Are you sure it's not HSA for short?

I guess this is to try and help sell it to the server and compute markets, rather than the home user, who is unlikely to give a stuff what it actually means. Still, I thought Fusion was a nice name for it, maybe Heterogeneous suggests that, from a programming/use point of view, the CPU (APU) will be able to schedule work to the part of the APU that is best able to complete the work as fast as possible, without interaction from the programmer. Seems unlikely though.
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#5
Cristian_25H
News Poster
[quote="Marv, post: 2521952"]Are you sure it's not HSA for short?

Ups, fixed. ;)
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#6
NC37
So...that means AMD likes girls right?

Or boys?

Wait...is AMD a masculine or feminine company?

:D...couldn't resist that :D
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#7
Morgoth
i woudt care what they are called alsong they compete with intel cpu's so intel lowers there prices :D
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#8
ensabrenoir
by: NC37
So...that means AMD likes girls right?

Or boys?

Wait...is AMD a masculine or feminine company?

:D...couldn't resist that :D
Amd....definitely a blond female.....not much on the cpu side, but always strutting about showing off her gpus......wow that was bad. I apologize.
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#9
BarbaricSoul
by: ensabrenoir
Amd....definitely a blond female.....not much on the cpu side, but always strutting about showing off her gpus......wow that was bad. I apologize.
LOL, there's a sig quote
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#10
Ferrum Master
by: ensabrenoir
Amd....definitely a blond female.....not much on the cpu side, but always strutting about showing off her gpus......wow that was bad. I apologize.
Quote of the day! :D
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#11
ASharp
Fusion sounds cooler. :ohwell:
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#12
NC37
by: ensabrenoir
Amd....definitely a blond female.....not much on the cpu side, but always strutting about showing off her gpus......wow that was bad. I apologize.
So what is Intel then?

Steroid bound muscle man? Tons of CPU power but a tiny GPU...:D
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#13
cadaveca
My name is Dave
It will be interesting to see what catch phrases marketing can come up with using "heterogeneous".:rolleyes:
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#14
largon
This is like, so gay.
Pun intended.
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