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  • AMD To Exploit OpenCL Potential In LibreOffice

    Phoronix: AMD To Exploit OpenCL Potential In LibreOffice

    AMD has joined The Document Foundation's Advisory Board to take on a supporting role of accelerating LibreOffice in new ways...

    http://www.phoronix.com/vr.php?view=MTQwMjc

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    While I absolutely don't see the great benefit of having GPGPU support in a "spreadsheet" application,
    this raises my hopes to see more OpenCL-backends in other applications in the near future (developed by AMD, intel, etc.).

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    • #3
      There are other speed-ups for big spreadsheets on the way as well.
      https://people.gnome.org/~michael/bl...-the-hood.html

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      • #4
        Personally I would just be happy if amd bumps up its opengl performance and makes its closed source linux drivers on par with windows as I am not that much of an open source fetishist to need it open source.

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        • #5
          Originally posted by qlum View Post
          Personally I would just be happy if amd bumps up its opengl performance and makes its closed source linux drivers on par with windows as I am not that much of an open source fetishist to need it open source.
          I mean maybe from a developer persepective I could understand how somebody could want that, but from a user perspective that makes no sense... as user if you feel that way, just buy a nvidia card and let the amd guys there freedom.

          some users dont want nsa-backdoor-updates from nvidia...

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          • #6
            Originally posted by qlum View Post
            Personally I would just be happy if amd bumps up its opengl performance and makes its closed source linux drivers on par with windows as I am not that much of an open source fetishist to need it open source.
            When KWin and GDM3 support across their respective DE's OpenGL 3.x then you'll see more improvements across all applications spaces, including games on Linux. It's going to happen, sooner, rather than later.

            The work for LLVM/Clang on AMD is churning right along.

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            • #7
              Its easy to say to change to nvidia, but performance in OpenCL its even worse in open source drivers unless you use closed source, but yet Nvidia GTX 600/700 are slow as F*** in OpenCL

              Everyday in this forum comes news of improvements from AMD, they are really trying hard and that is something we don't see everyday especially from them.
              Libreoffice is slow too when you start to mess with Graphics and things like that, sure its not a trully good improment, but it is something that will be supported.
              They trully seem to much keen to give support to open-source things.
              By the logic why they just didn't give support to m$ office, and came to support libreoffice which have so much less users?

              I'm betting that amd support will tend to get better results, because at least me i already notice they are trying hard to implement things that they should have been done years ago, now they just want to make it all for linux in world record time attack.

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              • #8
                AMD support and pushing for OpenCL in LO is good sign.

                And do not forget that they will (most) probably develop OpenCL unit tests, and other such stuff.

                Since that is already FLOSS, AMD FLOSS devs wont have trouble with proting them to MESA.
                (BTW is AMD team sharing OGL, OCL UT's and conformance tests between FLOSS and non-FLOSS??)

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                • #9
                  I think OpenCL in Blender 3D is more important than in LibreOffice. The Blender developers say that AMD is not cooperating with them to have good OpenCL support.
                  Last edited by YAFU; 07-04-2013, 07:26 AM.

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by YAFU View Post
                    I think OpenCL in Blender 3D is more important than in LibreOffice.
                    Maybe, but Blender is not an First Class User program.

                    Originally posted by YAFU View Post
                    The Blender developers say that AMD is not cooperating with them to have good OpenCL support.
                    What was asked and how was the answer?

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by qlum View Post
                      Personally I would just be happy if amd bumps up its opengl performance
                      AMD >> nvidia. Now sure what rabbits you're expecting them to pull out of their hats....

                      and makes its closed source linux drivers on par with windows
                      Its.... get this.... THE SAME DRIVER.

                      as I am not that much of an open source fetishist to need it open source.
                      No, you just like having to run an obsolete kernel/xorg, and have the whole thing fly apart at the seams every time you upgrade anything at all, and be limited to the capabilities of a wondoze driver when trying to do things that **linux** needs to do.

                      ... what do they call that again? Masochism. But hey, whatever gets you off...

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by YAFU View Post
                        I think OpenCL in Blender 3D is more important than in LibreOffice. The Blender developers say that AMD is not cooperating with them to have good OpenCL support.
                        AMD is going to spend tens of thousands of $$ on the support for.....


                        a) All 3 users of blender?
                        or
                        b) All millions of users of libreoffice?

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by Nille View Post
                          Maybe, but Blender is not an First Class User program.
                          Originally posted by droidhacker View Post
                          AMD is going to spend tens of thousands of $$ on the support for.....
                          a) All 3 users of blender?
                          Are you kidding me, right?
                          blenderartists.org is much more active and with more users than any LibreOffice forum I know.

                          Originally posted by Nille View Post
                          What was asked and how was the answer?
                          Whenever you ask on blenderartists.org why AMD does not have good support for OpenCL on Cycles, they blame AMD and its uncooperative.
                          Maybe AMD should try have a better relationship with the developers of Blender, as it is doing with LibreOffice developers.
                          http://blenderartists.org/forum/show...AMD-and-Cycles

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                          • #14
                            Blender Cycles renderer is not the only one not running on AMD GPUs. A few commercial GPGPU renderers won't either. AMD OpenCL compiler seems to have problems with complex kernels. From what I've heard the compiler inlines all function calls and will blow up on such beasts as Cycles.

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                            • #15
                              its about goddamn time... just remember when AMD brought forth the athlon64 and no operating system was able to use its potencial. especially in this short lived business they need to take care that software can use the hardware fully by the time of the hardware release. its nice to have new experiments and ways but you may need to take care that someone can use it. and iirc the first (mainline-user) OSes that were 64 bit aware were linux distributions. why not continue? amd has a playground here and can only win popularity.

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