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  • ua=42
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    if this is really a thing that people can utilize. Eg. if there are really spreadsheets that are big/complex enough that a difference is noticeable?
    ... on the other hand I know that some businesses are crazy and implement whole business processes in spreadsheets ...
    There is actually 2 scenarios where openCL support will be useful.
    1. Huge spreadsheets.
    2. Spreadsheets being run on netbooks, low power laptops, single core computers, old dual cores, etc.

    On lower power computers that have a graphics chip that supports openCL, it will help process the data in parallel, speeding up the loading time.
    Also, the effort to implement OpenCL support should also help with adding multithreading support because they have similar concerns on data being thread safe and being processed in the right order.


    If you have an AMD A series, then things become interesting as it won't have the performance penalty of copying data to and from the graphics card. Which means the calc features will run allot faster.

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  • DiogoSD
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    Is AMD who's leading LibreOffice development with OpenCL

    Anyone who's read great amounts of technology news will easily find that amd is leading the most inovative and experimental hardware technology whatever the area in common market (business or home entertaining). The time has come to "Kavari" (the first real APU).

    In January 2014, AMD will release the world's first's APU (what have dynamic memory manager, the CPU and GPU sharing the same memory) what's is much faster than common CPUs for graphical working, acord to AMD comparisons until now. Obviously, they trying to consolidate the APU in the market, and i'm felling they are leading the right way.

    All these graphical expensive video card's with high energy consuption these days, make the true APU not just an alternative, but the best choice for cost / benefit. I really believe the future is with APU, other companies will enter in this game too, but AMD is far away in front of them.

    AMD is pushing the OpenCL development in Calc (in reality they may have been working in other projects too) because of their APU.

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  • log0
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    Originally posted by YoungManKlaus View Post
    if this is really a thing that people can utilize. Eg. if there are really spreadsheets that are big/complex enough that a difference is noticeable?
    ... on the other hand I know that some businesses are crazy and implement whole business processes in spreadsheets ...
    I think it is just trivial to implement in OpenCL, low hanging fruits to gain some PR one might say. I would rather see more work/support put into Gimp(Gegl) and Blender(Cycles) OpenCL instead, but that stuff is harder I guess.

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  • YoungManKlaus
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    i jost wonder...

    if this is really a thing that people can utilize. Eg. if there are really spreadsheets that are big/complex enough that a difference is noticeable?
    ... on the other hand I know that some businesses are crazy and implement whole business processes in spreadsheets ...

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