AMD Joins Multicore Association Board to Drive Emerging Multicore Standards
The Multicore Association, a global non-profit organization focused on developing standards that help speed time to market for products that involve multicore implementations, has announced that AMD has joined the consortium as an executive board member.
“AMD is a leading innovator in graphic and computing technologies representing many processor architectures and many applications,” said Multicore Association President Markus Levy. “Their involvement with the Multicore Association will provide very well-rounded guidance and a practical perspective on designing with multicore technology.”
“As an industry leader in heterogeneous computing, AMD strongly supports the MCA and its mission to guide the long-term development of open standards for multicore solutions,” said Chekib Akrout, senior vice president and general manager of technology development, AMD. “Our history is marked by a commitment to innovation that’s truly useful for customers, as well as dedication to open standards and a broad ecosystem that furthers industry-wide collaboration. Our work with MCA supports that commitment. As combinations of CPU and GPU processing engines become increasingly relevant to consumer electronics, especially for mobile internet devices and many embedded systems which require low-power consumption as well as high performance, there is great potential for the Multicore Association, AMD and others in the industry to work together and advance the technology.”
The Multicore Association is working to enable the widespread adoption of multicore processor-based implementations by setting standards for how systems will be utilized and programmed. As a semiconductor design innovator with the groundbreaking AMD Fusion family of APUs (accelerated processing units), AMD will help the Multicore Association drive standards for deploying multicore solutions in high performance consumer and embedded systems.
The Multicore Association provides three levels of membership, with executive board, working group and university members. The executive board helps determine the overall direction of the organization. Working group members are eligible to work on any of the working groups. University members may participate in any of the Multicore Association’s ongoing development work, for which current projects include multicore virtual machine standardization, multicore resource management, multicore programming practices, and debug functionality to support the recently released Multicore Communication API (MCAPI) and Resource Management API (MRAPI).
The Multicore Association
The Multicore Association provides a neutral forum for vendors who are interested in, working with, and/or proliferating multicore-related products, including processors, infrastructure, devices, software and applications. The consortium has made available its Multicore Communications API (MCAPI) specification through its Web site. Currently, the organization is set up with four working groups: Hypervisors, Multicore Communications, Tools Infrastructure and Multicore Programming Practices (MPP). Members include Abo Akademi University, AMD, Argon Design, CAPS entreprise, Carnegie Mellon University, Cavium Networks, Codeplay, CriticalBlue, Delft University of Technology, EADS North America, Ecole Polytechnique de Montreal, EfficOS, Enea, eSOL, Freescale Semiconductor, IMEC, Intel, LG Electronics Co, LSI , Mentor Graphics, MIPS Technologies, National Instruments, nCore Design LLC, NetLogic Microsystems, Netronome, Nokia Siemens Networks, OneAccess, Plurality, PolyCore Software, Qualcomm, RadiSys, Sage Electronic Engineering, Samsung Electronics, Siemens, Texas Instruments, The Multicore-Association, Tilera, UAS Technikum Wien , UltraSoC Technologies, University of Houston, University of Tsukuba, and Wind River.