AMD Provides A CPU-Based HIP Implementation For When Lacking A GPU

Written by Michael Larabel in AMD on 10 December 2020 at 03:49 PM EST. 7 Comments
AMD's HIP C++ Runtime API / Kernel Language for allowing portable, single-source applications on AMD and NVIDIA GPUs can now run on CPUs too.

For the past several years AMD has been working on HIP for single-source C++ programming that can work on NVIDIA CUDA-enabled GPUs and AMD Radeon graphics. Their "HIPIFY" tool allows automatically converting CUDA code to HIP. To date HIP has just been about GPU programming but now it's becoming a heterogeneous API at the same time Intel is now promoting their oneAPI alternative.

With HIP-CPU, HIP code can be easily run on CPUs now with this work-in-progress implementation as it strives to become a complete HIP implementation where possible. Granted, cases like inline NVIDIA PTX / Radeon graphics assembly aren't portable.

This AMD HIP-CPU support isn't a run-time implementation but consists of just a header file for building out the support at compile time. HIP-CPU is implemented as a generic C++17 header file that can execute across CPUs/architectures. This header-only C++ project should work across operating systems and with all major compilers supporting C++17 or later -- HIP-CPU makes use of the C++ standard parallel algorithms. Because it is header-only, it also does not require AMD's ROCm stack.

Downloads and more details on the new AMD HIP-CPU project via GitHub.
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