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9.1. Aparapi

In September 2010, AMD released the alpha version of its Aparapi (pronounced AP-ar-AP-ee) tool on its website, http://developer.amd.com. This remarkable package makes it easy to write and dispatch kernels from Java classes, but there are a few points to be aware of in advance:

  • An Aparapi kernel can execute on the host’s Java Virtual Machine (JVM) or on a single graphics card, but only if the graphics card was released by AMD/ATI.

  • The Aparapi tools only support 32-bit Windows (Windows 7, Vista, or XP) and 32-bit/64-bit Linux (openSUSE, Ubuntu, and Red Hat Enterprise Linux) systems.

  • According to the End User License Agreement, Aparapi is available only for testing, debugging, and evaluation. You can’t modify or distribute any part for any reason.


  

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