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AMD Open Sources the AMD Performance Library 59

bluephone writes "Today AMD announced that they're now opening the source to the AMD Performance Library (APL) under the Apache license. The newly opened code is now hosted at SourceForge (the corporate overlord of Slashdot) under its new name, Framewave. Phoronix says, "The AMD Performance Library / Framewave covers a multitude of operations from simple math operations to media processing and optimizations for multi-core environments." No word as to if it does your laundry. The SourceForge page says that while Framewave is 'sponsored' by AMD, it is "very much an open-source venture. While AMD will continue to participate in and contribute to the project, third-party developers are welcome and encouraged to implement all or part of the code base and/or to create derivative works." Being Apache licensed, it's quite open, so this doesn't seem to be mere lip service."
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AMD Open Sources the AMD Performance Library

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  • by schwaang ( 667808 ) on Wednesday February 20, 2008 @11:23PM (#22498156)
    From the Phoronix article:

    In other news, AMD's Graphics Product Group (GPG) will be having their next open-source document dump this week.

    I don't know squat about the performance lib, but the graphics stuff, now *that* could be interesting if it helps the open-source graphics driver effort.
    • by Ed Avis ( 5917 )
      It's good to see that they have overcome their open source constipation.
      • Read Bill Weinberg's post on Linux.com [linux.com] about why we shouldn't use open source as a verb. It is a fantastically well written piece and I recommend it to anyone with a passing interest in FOSS, and or anyone who has a basic grasp of the English language. OPEN SOURCE IS NOT A VERB thanyouverymuch.
        • by Ed Avis ( 5917 )
          Thanks, but neither my post nor the grandparent used 'open source' as a verb.
        • by Haeleth ( 414428 )
          You seem to be misreading him; he isn't arguing that "open source" should not be used as a verb, but that it shouldn't be used as a verb meaning "to make software available under an open source license". His argument is that something is not "real" open source software unless it has a thriving community around it, and therefore people should not say things like "we open sourced this code" when they have merely released the code, rather than creating a community.

          It's a nice thought, but he's basically compl
  • by wild_berry ( 448019 ) on Thursday February 21, 2008 @06:29AM (#22500370) Journal
    This is old news. My submission "APL under APL" was rejected...
  • I hope Fedora, Ubuntu, Suse, and Gentoo will come with this library!
    • by pdusen ( 1146399 )
      As far as I'm concerned, Open Source projects and Linux stand to do nothing but benefit enormously from these specs being opened. It's truly mind-boggling how negative the reaction on a place like Slashdot can get about AMD/ATI.
      • Re: (Score:2, Informative)

        by hr.wien ( 986516 )
        We already have liboil which does more or less the same thing, so it's not like this is a revolutionary development.
  • APL vs IPL (Score:3, Interesting)

    by ceroklis ( 1083863 ) on Thursday February 21, 2008 @02:17PM (#22505340)
    Anyone knows how it compares with the Intel Performance libraries ? and especially how good IPL is on an AMD processor and vice versa ?
  • AMD Open Sources the AMD Performance Library ...and it looks strangely familiar [mplayerhq.hu]. Funnily enough, the licence doesn't.

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