Monday, October 1st 2012

AMD and Oracle to Explore Heterogeneous Computing for Java

During the JavaOne 2012 Strategy Keynote, AMD announced its participation in OpenJDK Project "Sumatra" in collaboration with Oracle and other members of the OpenJDK community to help bring heterogeneous computing capabilities to Java for server and cloud environments.

The OpenJDK Project "Sumatra" will explore how the Java Virtual Machine (JVM), as well as the Java language and APIs, might be enhanced to allow applications to take advantage of graphics processing unit (GPU) acceleration, either in discrete graphics cards or in high-performance graphics processor cores such as those found in AMD accelerated processing units (APUs).

As emerging server and cloud platforms tap into the heterogeneous compute capabilities of APUs and discrete GPUs to achieve enhanced power/performance capabilities, developers are requiring mainstream programming models such as Java to help them harness the advantages of GPU acceleration. Project "Sumatra" may also provide guidance on enabling heterogeneous compute support for other JVM-based languages such as Scala, JRuby and Jython.

"Affirming our plans to contribute to the OpenJDK Project represents the next step towards bringing heterogeneous computing to millions of Java developers and can potentially lead to future developments of new hardware models, as well as server and cloud programming paradigms," said Manju Hegde, corporate vice president, Heterogeneous Applications and Developer Solutions at AMD. "AMD has an established track record of collaboration with open-software development communities from OpenCLâ„¢ to the Heterogeneous System Architecture (HSA) Foundation, and with this initiative we will help further the development of graphics acceleration within the Java community."

"We expect our work with AMD and other OpenJDK participants in Project 'Sumatra' will eventually help provide Java developers with the ability to quickly leverage GPU acceleration for better performance," said Georges Saab, vice president, Software Development, Java Platform Group at Oracle. "We hope individuals and other organizations interested in this exciting development will follow AMD's lead by joining us in Project 'Sumatra.'"

Individuals and organizations interested in this exciting development are welcome to join the OpenJDK community and Project "Sumatra" by visiting openjdk.java.net. To view the JavaOne 2012 Strategy keynote featuring Phil Rogers, AMD Corporate Fellow and HSA Foundation President, visit: http://www.oracle.com/javaone/live/.
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3 Comments on AMD and Oracle to Explore Heterogeneous Computing for Java

#1
mauriek
hmm..slowly but progress is a progress, if they success promote HSA into Java they will get huge market ahead of them and their APU will shine without strong competitor.
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#2
Steevo
Now we can be compromised and exploited faster than ever? How about they fix Java and its issues first and then we will worry about performance.
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#3
Filiprino
Hahahaha, can't imagine the day when a Java video encoder using GPU acceleration takes the performance crown albeit being multiplatform.

Of course, languages without virtual machines can use GPU acceleration too.

The problem is that if you subdivide in too many tasks the process, the image quality is affected, and that's why GPU accelerated video encoding hasn't been used too much when doing high quality work. But at least for doing post processing or adding effects should work well.

Data bases could also be GPU accelerated for multiple transactions.

Good move AMD.
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