A new version of the interface makes software running on graphics chips more self-reliant and better at sharing data with conventional software running on CPUs.
Version 1.2 of the interface standard for letting general programs use graphics chip power lets programmers govern the resources available to a task.
Apple has touted using the "Power of the GPU" with the OpenCL API, but how does it run in practice? Very few current applications are coded to use Apple's new OpenCL API that is included with Snow Leopard; however, recently there have been several benc
OpenCL, created to support parallel programming in Apple's Snow Leopard operating system, may become the new world standard for parallel programming on all platforms.
OpenCL specification, an open industry standard for 3D graphics and computer audio that started as an Apple proposal but has gained many supporters, has been ratified.
The Khronos Group has announced the formation of an industry body that will study ways to make it easier to exploit GPUs on future computers--and it will start with Apple's OpenCL.
Researcher Jeremi Gosney has used five servers, 25 Radeon GPUs, Infiniband and Virtual OpenCL to crack passwords at a scary rate.
Snow Leopard features tech called Grand Central Dispatch to better tap into multicore chip power. Also: OpenCL for doing calculations on a graphics chip.
The interface is designed to let take advantage of the GPU and multicore CPUs for parallel programming tasks. The standards group will have to convince browser makers to adopt it, though.
Intel released details on its next-generation graphics chips for laptops and desktops, called Iris.