AMD APP SDK 2.6 Release notes

Discussion created by nou on Dec 19, 2011
Latest reply on Dec 19, 2011 by jross

Key features supported in SDK 2.6 and the Catalyst 11.12 drivers include:
• OpenCL runtime integration into Linux and Windows® Catalyst drivers.
• Inclusion of the Khronos C++ wrapper API.
• Multi-GPU support on Linux platforms.
• PX5 support.
• Preview: Support for AVX instructions on CPUs that support AVX.
• Support for FMA4 instructions in OpenCL built-in function libraries on CPUs that support
• Kernel reflection, query kernel parameters, and enable use of OpenCL kernels in data-driven applications.
• Support for atomic counters on APUs.
• Redesign of OpenCL run-time on CPU, significantly improving performance.
• Support for the cl_amd_media_ops2 extension, exposing hardware capabilities for
accelerating image-related processing.
• Async copies preview (set environment variable GPU_ASYNC_MEM_COPY=2 to enable).
The OpenCLTM 1.2 preview includes the following capabilities (requires 8.93.10 preview drivers):
• Host access flags for memory objects enables more efficient buffer handling.
• Pattern-based GPU buffer and image initialization eliminates need for certain buffer/image transfers.
• Memory objects migration supports early transfer of buffers in preparation for when they are needed.
• New generalized image creation API.
• Enhanced image/buffer map operations.
• OpenCL 1.2 CPU device partition, including partition of a CPU after addition to a context.
• Generalized 1D and 2D images, image arrays, and image<-->buffer interop.
The 8.93.10 preview drivers also enable use of the static C++ kernel language.
gDEBugger version 6.1 is a major improvement in performance and robustness over version 6.0.
It can be downloaded for use with this SDK from
• Integrated with Microsoft® Visual Studio®

APP KernelAnalyzer v 1.1:
• Support for AMD RadeonTM HD7000 series GPUs (compilation only, no analysis).
• Support for Catalyst revisions through 11.11.
• Support for compiling kernels with the installed driver (select Installed Driver under the CAL version in the Options panel).
• Format and Target Object Code are now separated.
APP Profiler v2.4 includes several key new features, including:
• A kernel occupancy analyzer that estimates, for each kernel dispatch, the number of in-flight
wavefronts on a compute unit as a percentage of the theoretical maximum number of
wavefronts that the compute unit can support. In addition to reporting the occupancy
percentage, the profiler can display a report that can help the developer achieve a higher occupancy percentage.
• The ability to navigate from the API trace to the source code that called an OpenCL API.
• Improved OpenCL API analysis that provides performance suggestions to the developer.
• The ability to filter which OpenCL APIs are traced.
• Several UI enhancements, including the ability to rename sessions from the Session Explorer
Window, and the ability to automatically delete Profiler sessions when closing a Microsoft®
Visual Studio solution®.
• Preview: Support for profiling with AMD RadeonTM HD7000 series GPUs (requires AMD APP
SDK v2.6 and an AMD Catalyst version that supports this hardware).
• HDRToneMapping
• OpenCLServices