AMD Demos Fedora Running on its HSA chips

Building a software ecosystem is hard work…

Redhat summit

Today in San Francisco at Red Hat’s Summit 2014 AMD’s server group is showing a demo of their upcoming 64-bit HSA-enabled APU “Berlin” running Fedora Linux. What AMD is trying to show with this demo is that it is hard at work building a real software ecosystem for its HSA products.

AMD chose to demo Fedora out of all the Linux distributions because it provides an enterprise class operating environment that developers and other IT professionals are more than likely familiar with. The end goal for AMD with this demo is to show probable use cases for their chips. The “Berlin” demo is running a GPU accelerated Java workload in an attempt to show that modern Java applications run really well on AMD’s HSA APUs. AMD is also demoing “Berlin’s” capabilities in OpenCL and OpenGL workloads.

All in all this isn’t the most exciting type of announcement but if you’re at the summit this week checking out AMD’s demo would probably be entertaining.S|A

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Thomas Ryan is a freelance technology writer and photographer from Seattle, living in Austin. You can also find his work on SemiAccurate and PCWorld. He has a BA in Geography from the University of Washington with a minor in Urban Design and Planning and specializes in geospatial data science. If you have a hardware performance question or an interesting data set Thomas has you covered.