By Benedict Gaster, Lee Howes, David R. Kaeli, Perhaad Mistry, Dana Schaa
Heterogeneous Computing with OpenCL teaches OpenCL and parallel programming for complicated platforms which can contain quite a few equipment architectures: multi-core CPUs, GPUs, and fully-integrated speeded up Processing devices (APUs) resembling AMD Fusion know-how. Designed to paintings on a number of systems and with large help, OpenCL can help you extra successfully software for a heterogeneous future.
Written by means of leaders within the parallel computing and OpenCL groups, this booklet provides you with hands-on OpenCL adventure to handle a number of basic parallel algorithms. The authors discover reminiscence areas, optimization suggestions, pics interoperability, extensions, and debugging and profiling. meant to help a parallel programming path, Heterogeneous Computing with OpenCL contains exact examples all through, plus extra on-line routines and different aiding materials.
- Explains rules and techniques to benefit parallel programming with OpenCL, from knowing the 4 abstraction types to entirely checking out and debugging whole applications.
- Covers snapshot processing, internet plugins, particle simulations, video modifying, functionality optimization, and more.
- Shows how OpenCL maps to an instance objective structure and explains a few of the tradeoffs linked to mapping to varied architectures
- Addresses a number basic programming concepts, with a number of examples and case reports that exhibit OpenCL extensions for quite a few platforms
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