Writing Code For Radeon's HCC Compiler
Written by Michael Larabel in Radeon on 8 February 2016 at 02:11 PM EST. Add A Comment
RADEON --
As part of the GPUOpen initiative that AMD launched last month is an introduction to the Heterogeneous Compute Compiler (HCC) for writing code to take advantage of AMD's new LLVM-based compiler for offloading the work to the GPU.

The Brief Intro to the Heterogeneous Compute Compiler was written by AMD's Siuchi Chan and has a basic code example for offloading compute work to the GPU with the HCC compiler. The post was originally written at the end of January, but for whatever reason didn't appear in my RSS feed until today.

One sad element brought up in the comments to the article is that the Heterogeneous Compute Compiler currently available doesn't yet support falling back to the CPU in case of GPU/driver problems in the offloading process.

Expect more interesting AMD HCC developments as the year progresses.
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