Parallel pleasure: deep-geek chip consortium opens test tool

The HSA Foundation has made available to developers the HSA PRM (Programmer’s Reference Manual) conformance test suite as open source software.

HSA who?

Yes, sorry… the HSA (Heterogeneous System Architecture) Foundation is a non-profit consortium of SoC IP vendors, OEMs, Academia, SoC vendors, OSVs and ISVs, whose goal is making programming for parallel computing easy and pervasive.

Parallel pleasure

The test suite is used to validate Heterogeneous System Architecture (HSA) implementations for both the HSA PRM Specification and HSA PSA (Platform System Architecture) specification.

But what is HSA?

HSA is a standardised platform design designed to unlock the performance and power efficiency of the parallel computing engines found in most modern electronic devices.

It allows developers to apply the hardware resources—including CPUs, GPUs, DSPs, FPGAs, fabrics and fixed function accelerators—in today’s complex systems-on-chip (SoCs).

“The HSA Foundation has always been a strong proponent of open source development tools directly and through its member companies,” said HSA Foundation chairman Greg Stoner. “Open sourcing worldwide the PRM conformance test suite is yet another example of an expanding array of development tools freely available supporting HSA.”

The HSA Foundation through its member companies and universities has also released many additional projects which are all available on the Foundation’s GitHub site.