LibreOffice Receives More OpenCL / GPU Support
Written by Michael Larabel in Free Software on 14 November 2013 at 03:01 AM EST. 13 Comments
Last month LibreOffice Calc received a lot of OpenCL/GPU support for various spreadsheet functions. Since then, besides picking up better multi-threaded support, the open-source office suite has implemented more support for OpenCL GPGPU computing.

For those OpenCL fans and heavy office users looking to exploit the power of modern graphics processors for business tasks, more Calc spreadsheet functions have been implemented in OpenCL.

Among the functions that have just received OpenCL/GPU support (beyond all the ones mentioned in the original Phoronix news item) include DB, COUPPCD, PRICEDISC, ODDLYIELD, INTERCEPT, IMPT, CONFIDENCE, PERMUT, NORMSINV, NORMINV, NPV, XIRR, NORMDIST, NPER, KURT, VDB, and SUMIFS.

Those mentioned spreadsheet functions were just implemented for "GPU Calc" on Wednesday! In the days prior there was more LibreOffice activity on this GPU calculation support. This work is part of a more broad initiative -- driven in part by AMD -- for LibreOffice to better utilize OpenCL.

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