As part of their Stream 2.0 Beta, AMD announced yesterday their OpenCL
(Open Computing Language) Software Development Kit designed for multi-core x86 CPUs. They have submitted this SDK to the Khronos Group for certification, but it is available now. This OpenCL SDK, which is part of Stream 2.0, is available for both Windows and Linux. When it comes to AMD's Linux support, they are currently supporting this new SDK under OpenSuSE 11.0 and Ubuntu 8.04 LTS.
The press release regarding this news can be found in their press room
. Download links are available from the AMD developer area
. This initial OpenCL support is for the CPU and doesn't include any support for the ATI Radeon GPU, which we will need to wait for a future Catalyst driver release. On the other hand, NVIDIA already has an OpenCL 1.0 graphics driver in the hands of registered developers