Fixstars to hold OpenCL™ programming seminar in Tokyo

Tokyo, Japan - 24 June 2009 - Fixstars Corporation is proud to host the OpenCL programming seminar for software developers in Tokyo, July 23.

OpenCL is the parallel computing framework mainly for systems connected high-speed computing cores such as GPU, Cell/B.E., and DSP with general purpose CPU. With the participation of the major semiconductor chip makers and computer vendors of this world, OpenCL has also been attracting lots of attentions as efficient, highly portable, and open technology.

Fixstars, specialized in software development on multi-core processor including Cell/B.E. and GPU, provides application development and optimization service for customers who use parallel computing. While Cell/B.E. or GPU optimized software delivers extremely high performance, programming is difficult and portability and maintainability are limited. Fixstars actively works for software development on OpenCL to solve these problems. Besides, Fixstars joined in the Khronos™ Group who formulates OpenCL specification as a Contributor Member.

Fixstars will contribute to the penetration of the OpenCL in various industries by teaching at seminars with its expertise in multi-core programming.

"Khronos warmly welcomes Fixstars hosting the first OpenCL programming seminar in Japan," said Neil Trevett, chair of the OpenCL working group, president of the Khronos Group and vice president at NVIDIA. "Providing developers the skills and insights to use a state-of-the-art technology such as OpenCL is a vital part of the growing parallel programming ecosystem, and Fixstars is uniquely qualified to provide the quality training that will result in stunning parallel applications."

"Time requests us to build more efficient computing system. Heterogeneous system is one of solutions," said Akihiro Asahara, general manager of Platform division, Fixstars Corporation. "These days, there are many kinds of accelerators for such a heterogeneous system. It was difficult, however, to use these kinds of accelerators in one unified language. OpenCL is the framework that we have long looked forward to, and must become the essential language for most software engineers."

The OpenCL seminar includes the latest multi-core software overview, OpenCL overview, OpenCL grammar, FOXC (Fixstars OpenCL Cross Compiler) overview and usage, and description of OpenCL Programming. Seminar is hold in Tokyo on July 23 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. all in Japanese language.

About Fixstars Corporation

Founded in 2002, Fixstars is a leader in software development specializing in multi-core processors. Fixstars provides solutions mainly in financial, medical, industrial, and digital media fields, who has benefited from increased processing speed of massive amount of data in multi-core environment.
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