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Intel's SDK for OpenCL Applications Now Supports OpenCL 1.2 for 3rd and 4th Generation Core Processors

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April 4, 2013 11:21:50 PM

I'm really glad Intel is embracing OpenCL. I've learned enough SIMD vector instruction set extensions in my years. I'd be quite content never to learn either AVX or how to program for Xeon PHI's 512-bit vector engine.

As for the Xeon Phi, the less I have to think about how to communicate, coordinate, and schedule its many cores, the better. If your problem maps well to OpenCL, it greatly simplifies most of those issues.
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April 4, 2013 11:26:56 PM

BTW, if OpenCL had been around when the Cell was introduced, the quality of PS3 launch titles would have been greatly improved and the cost of PS3 development surely would have decreased.

Basically, the harder a parallel architecture is to program, the more benefit OpenCL can provide.
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