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SiSoftware Releases Support for DirectX 11 Compute Shader/DirectCompute
London, UK, 30th November 2009 - SiSoftware releases its suite of DirectX 11 Compute Shader/DirectCompute GPGPU (General Purpose Graphics Processor Unit) benchmarks as part of SiSoftware Sandra 2010, the latest version of our award-winning utility, which includes remote analysis, benchmarking and diagnostic features for PCs, servers, and networks.
At SiSoftware we are constantly looking out for new technologies with the aim to understand how those technologies can best be benchmarked and analysed. We believe that the industry is seeing a shift from the model where heavy computational workload is processed on a traditional CPU to a model that uses the GPGPU or a combination of GPU and CPU; in a wide range of applications developers are using the power of GPGPU to aid business analysis, games, graphics and scientific applications.
As certain tasks or workloads may still perform better on traditional CPU, we see both CPU and GPGPU benchmarks to be an important part of performance analysis. Having launched the GPGPU Benchmarks with SiSoftware Sandra 2009 with support for AMD CTM/STREAM and nVidia CUDA, we have now ported the benchmark suite to DirectX 11 Compute Shader/DirectCompute.
Compute Shader/DirectCompute is a new programmable shader stage introduced with DirectX 11 that expands Direct3D beyond graphics programming. Windows programmers familiar with DirectX can now use high-speed general purpose computing and take advantage of the large numbers of parallel processors on GPUs. We believe Compute Shader/DirectCompute will become "the standard" for programming parallel workloads in Windows, thus we have ported all our GPGPUs benchmarks to DirectX 11 Compute Shader/DirectCompute.
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"As ATI Stream technology grows in popularity with software developers, SiSoftware's Sandra 2010 benchmark is an increasingly important tool for evaluating GPU compute performance," said Eric Demers, chief technology officer, graphics products, AMD. "As the only provider of DirectX 11 GPUs today, AMD welcomes SiSoftware's support for that popular application programming interface in Sandra 2010."
The SiSoftware DirectX 11 Compute Shader/DirectCompute Benchmarks look at the two major performance aspects:
- Computational performance: in simple terms how fast it can crunch numbers. It follows the same style as the CPU Multi-Media benchmark using fractal generation as its workload. This allows the user to see the power of the GPGPU in solving a workload thus far exclusively performed on a CPU.
- Memory performance: this analyses how fast data can be transferred to and from the GPGPU. No matter how fast the processing, ultimately the end result will be affected by memory performance.
- 4 architectures natively supported (x86, x64/AMD64/EM64T, IA64/Itanium2, ARM)
- 6 languages supported (English, French3, German3, Italian3, Japanese3, Russian3)
- DirectX 11 Compute Shader/DirectCompute
- Different models of GPUs supported, including integrated GPU + dedicated GPUs.
- Multi-GPUs supported, up to 8 in parallel.
With each release, we continue to add support and compatibility for the latest technologies. SiSoftware works with hardware vendors to ensure the best support for new emerging hardware.
1 Available as Beta at this time, performance cannot be guaranteed.
2 By special arrangement; Enterprise versions only.
3 Not all languages available at publication, will be released later.
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