AMD and SiSoftware Collaborate to Develop Industry Benchmark Suite for OpenCL

AMD  today announced its involvement in the development of one
of the first industry benchmark testing suites for OpenCL™. Released by
SiSoftware, the OpenCL GPGPU benchmark suite is part of SiSoftware
Sandra 2010, the latest version of the award-winning utility first
introduced in 1997. The benchmark suite includes remote analysis,
benchmarking and diagnostic features for PCs, servers, mobile devices
and networks, and can be used to test OpenCL performance on ATI Stream
technology.

Why: Heavy computational workloads have
traditionally been processed on a CPU but the industry is shifting to a
new computing paradigm that relies more on the GPU or a combination of
GPU and CPU. OpenCL is the widely adopted industry standard for running
parallel tasks on CPUs and GPUs using the same code. As the only
hardware provider in the industry designing and delivering both
high-performance CPU and GPU technologies, AMD is the only company
providing a complete OpenCL development platform for the entire system.

Who: The developer community, ISVs and OEMs have
been looking for a way to measure OpenCL-based system performance. The
OpenCL benchmark suite from SiSoftware is a first step in giving the
industry the tools it needs to accurately measure and assess system
performance in order to make decisions with confidence.

Benefits: To test performance the SiSoftware OpenCL GPGPU benchmark suite runs computationally intense algorithms like the Mandelbrot set.
Working with SiSoftware, AMD has optimized the performance of the
OpenCL benchmarks for its GPU implementations, and for some problems
has demonstrated significant performance advantages using AMD’s ATI
Stream Software Development Kit (SDK) for OpenCL. When compared to
NVIDIA’s CUDA running on its GeForce GTX 295 featuring two GPUs, the
ATI Radeon HD 5870 graphics card with one GPU delivers up to 2.7 times
faster performance on certain benchmark tests. For the "native float
shader" results, the ATI Radeon 5870 posted a score of 1820 megapixels
per second, compared to the GTX 295 at 680 megapixels per second1. AMD and SiSoftware are currently collaborating on measurement for AMD’s entire platform, including x86 CPUs.

Resources:

  • For more information about the OpenCL GPGPU benchmark from SiSoftware visit the SiSoftware Sandra 2010 website.
  • Follow ATI Stream updates on Twitter at @ATIStream
  • Sign up for the ATI Stream SDK v2.0 Beta Program
  • More information about ATI Stream technology

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