OpenCL

The last few weeks I have been looking at the map-reduce area; specifically Hadoop and IBM’s BigInsight. This led to questioning how the data-parallel activities could be sped up. Found a reference to the usage of GPU for such data parallel tasks. A quick yahoo search kicked off the following site navigation:

The promise of a GPU powered speed-up in processing is a rather seductive one. There are ofcourse a bunch of disadvantages going with the GPU (refer to one of the Khronos, or MacResearch links for details).

This is an area I will be looking at in some detail going forward.

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