AMD Releases New Version of ROCm, the Most Versatile Open Source Platform for GPU Computing

At Super Computing 16, AMD today announced a new release of Radeon Open Compute Platform (ROCm) featuring software support of new Radeon GPU hardware, new math libraries, and a rich foundation of modern programming languages, designed to speed development of high-performance, energy-efficient heterogeneous computing systems. AMD also announced planned support of OpenCL™ and for a wide range of CPUs in upcoming releases of ROCm, including support for AMD’s upcoming “Zen”-based CPUs, Cavium ThunderX CPUs, and IBM Power 8 CPUs. The advances further cement ROCm’s position as the most versatile open source platform for GPU computing.

The new release of ROCm introduces a wide range of updates, including:

  • Expanded GPU support – ROCm now supports all Polaris architecture-based graphics products, including the Radeon™ RX 460, 470 and 480 graphics cards, and the Radeon™ Pro WX 7100, 5100 and 4100 GPUs, growing the rich portfolio of devices supported by ROCm devices. The Polaris architecture is specifically designed to benefit low-level programming, helping developers to extract the most from the hardware.
  • ROCm Virtualization of the GPU hardware via OS Containers and Linux®‘s Kernel Virtual Machine (KVM) – ROCm now supports Docker containerization, allowing end-users to simplify the deployment of an application in ROCm-enabled Linux server environments. ROCm also supports GPU Hardware Virtualization via KVM pass-through to allow the benefits of hardware-accelerated GPU computing in virtualized solutions.
  • Heterogeneous Compute Compiler (HCC) – HCC is a single source ISO C++ 11/14 compiler for both CPU and GPU, with support for the C++17 “Parallel Standard Template Library”. It is built on a rich compiler infrastructure including LLVM-based GCN ISA code generation with assembler and disassembler support.
  • Heterogeneous-Compute Interface for Portability (HIP) – HIP enables developers to port CUDA applications to ROCm using HIPIFY which automates the conversion to the HIP kernel language and runtime API, creating portable applications that can run on virtually any GPU using either NVIDIA’s CUDA Compiler or HCC.
  • New Math Acceleration Libraries – ROCm introduces support for new advanced math acceleration libraries with support for BLAS, FFT and N-dimensional tensor contractions.

In addition to today’s release of ROCm, AMD also announced that it is working to expand the ROCm ecosystem through increased server CPU support, and planned support of OpenCL. Upcoming releases of ROCm are expected to support AMD “Zen”-based x86 CPUs, ARM AArch64 CPU architecture starting with Cavium ThunderX processors, as well as IBM Power 8 CPUs and servers to meet customers’ growing hyperscale and HPC needs. OpenCL is being built on a ROCm runtime and compiler foundation which give much greater low-level control of the GPU via its direct-to-metal access.

The new version of Radeon Open Compute is available now at https://github.com/RadeonOpenCompute/ROCm.

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