The HSA Foundation (Heterogeneous System Architecture) is a not-for-profit group whose goal is to make it easy to program for parallel computing. HSA members are building a heterogeneous compute ecosystem, rooted in industry standards, for combining scalar processing on the CPU with parallel processing on the GPU while enabling high bandwidth access to memory and high application performance at low power consumption. HSA defines interfaces for parallel computation utilizing CPU, GPU and other programmable and fixed function devices, and support for a diverse set of high-level programming languages, thereby creating the next foundation in general purpose computing.

We’re excited about the HSA Foundation. Here’s why YOU can get excited too!

The IP catalog they have available with the five founders is borderline staggering, and it will only get bigger. If the HSA Foundation hasn’t gotten a critical mass of coder interest too, it will soon. From here, it looks like AMD did the right thing for the right reason, don’t underestimate this one.” – Charlie Demerjian, SemiAccurate

We have much more the learn about the HSA Foundation and its direction for the industry but we can easily say that this is probably the most important processor company collaboration announcement in many years – and it does so without the 800 pound gorilla that is Intel in attendance.” – Ryan Shrout, PC Perspective 

But AMD has followed up at this year’s developer summit with the announcement of the formation of the Heterogeneous System Architecture (HSA) group, with some interesting founder members and some notable absentees. It is farsighted stuff and – in my view – the research people at AMD are rightly viewing systems from the top down and as they will be seen in three or four years’ time, with hundreds and thousands of processing elements (PEs).” – Peter Clarke, EE Times 

Now, though, the company is trying to take the lead in creating a unified system of computing architecture. The Heterogeneous System Architecture (HSA) Foundation is a joint effort between AMD, ARM, Imagination Technologies, MediaTek, and Texas Instruments; its goal is to create a single system architecture that can work across platforms and make programming easier. AMD has had this idea for a while, but seeing other companies join it makes the HSA Foundation seem a great deal more feasible. It’s also a sign of where AMD and other companies might be going.” – Adi Robertson, The Verge 

The HSA Foundation is definitely for real and formed to make a real difference. The hardware is planned to be literally bent to fit the software, and that’s unique. The founding members have a business and technical need, solving the problem means solving huge end user and business problems so there is demand, and the problem will be difficult to solve without many companies agreeing on an approach.” – Patrick Moorhead, Moor Insights & Strategy, Analyst Blog, 6/15/12 

Visit the HSA Foundation to learn more.